Hornet Signs Director Benjy Brooke
From the release:
Hornet is pleased to announce the global signing of NY based director, Benjy Brooke.
This is an exciting pairing to further Hornet’s goal of developing new and emerging directors. As a director that lives and breathes animation, Benjy is well know in the industry and is widely held in high esteem by his many followers and peers. Hornet is looking forward to the mission of supporting not only the development of his commercial work, but also his personal projects. Hence it was logical for Hornet to sign Benjy as he embarks upon this next phase of his growth as an artist and director.
As Hornet EP, Hana Shimizu, says, “What was really unique for someone who is quite young, is that he has a really deep understanding for hand drawn animation and what inspires him are the original masters of the craft. He approaches the style with a true fanboy attitude and a desire to keep the craft of hand drawn animation relevant but committed to reinterpreting that within his own style. This combination of classic craft while looking forward to the next incarnation is a story that we can nurture and bring to the forefront of our collaboration together.”
Now a bit more about Benjy Brooke…
Benjy started animating at the age of 11 with a Lego stop motion kit. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and he has established himself as one of the leading voices in traditional indie animation. Bold design, fluid motion and unique characters are the hallmarks of Benjy’s work — and all of these elements are on display in his 2016 short Power Hungry, which garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick and has screened to international acclaim.
Fusing his study of animation history at the University of Pennsylvania with a love of Saturday morning cartoons, indie comics, and the Tumblr zeitgeist, Benjy has worked to create an aesthetic that’s wildly new, yet deeply rooted in the foundations of classic animation. The same dynamic, craft-driven approach to motion and design can be found across Benjy’s work, from his live concert visuals for Major Lazer to his idents for the Powerpuff Girls, along with acclaimed work for Converse, Disney and Adult Swim. Most recently, Benjy brought all of his skills to bear his new spot for Cartoon Network’s 25th Anniversary celebration.