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Passion pictures signs Eric Lerner and Mikey Please

14 May 2012

Eric Lerner

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We are delighted to announce that Eric Lerner has joined Passion Pictures for worldwide representation.  Lerner specialises in CG character animation combined with live action and has directed films for brands such as Carphone Warehouse, Puma, O2, Vodafone and Weight Watchers.

Eric trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, graduating in 2006.  His award winning graduation film Mr City Men was noticed by Wieden & Kennedy, Amsterdam which commissioned Lerner to direct an international spot “Bird’s Nest” for Coca Cola’s sponsorship of the Bejing Olympic Games in 2008.  This spot won Best New Director at the BTAA Craft Awards.  As well as his commercial work, Eric has directed music videos and personal film projects. 

Passion Pictures’ CEO Andrew Ruhemann says, “Eric Lerner has a rare talent for creating animated characters which truly engage the viewer.  We’re very excited to welcome Eric to Passion Pictures and we look forward to working together on developing both his commercial and personal projects.”

Eric was previously represented by Partizan Lab. 


Mikey Please

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Passion Pictures is delighted to announce the signing of BAFTA award winning director Mikey Please for representation in Europe.  He will be represented by Hornet in the US, Canada and South America.

Mikey Please’s short stop frame film The Eagleman Stag (2010) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the BAFTA award for Best Short Animation in 2011.  The film which examines the experience of the passage of time through the eyes of the film’s protagonist, Peter has continued to win prizes at over 20 festivals all over the world including South by Southwest, Seattle, Chicago International Film Festival and an award from the Royal Television Society.  The film was made at The Royal College of Art where Mikey gained an MA in animation direction.

Mikey has also directed commercials (Nike) and music videos (Rough Trade, Universal Records, Ninja Tune) using stop frame and cut out animation and most recently he was awarded a 3 month fellowship by the Japanese Centre for Cultural Affairs in Tokyo to develop a new short film entitled Martyn Myller.

Mikey says, “I am a reckless man.  I am a powerful being.  I take the raw material of the universe and bend it to my will.  I make little puppet animations.  I make them to not look like the things that they actually are.  I hope that an onlooker might ask themselves – what is that?  I like to leave imperfections, clues in each image that tell part of the story of how the image came to be.  And in understanding the process, I hope that the onlooker will appreciate and enjoy the film that little bit more.”

London

Contact Name
Hannah Kluman
Email
hannah@passion-pictures.com
Phone
44 +207 323 9933

Paris

Contact Name
Emilie Walmsley - Producer
Email
paris@passion-pictures.com
Phone
+33 (0)1 42 73 63 10

New York

Contact Name
Belinda Blacklock - Executive Producer
Email
info.nyc@passion-pictures.com
Phone
+ 1 212 725 9095