Yves Geleyn is an Young Guns 7 award winning illustrator, designer and Hornet Animation Inc director who specialises in telling simple, stylish and often delightful stories with big impact characters. As a mix-media storyteller, Geleyn is confident to experiment with different types of techniques, for example hand crafted wooden puppets, to best compliment the what is at the heart of all his personal and commercial work-the characters. For Geleyn, character inspiration primarily comes from Japanese art and culture, nature, art and animals (especially birds which can be seen in each and everyone of Geleyn’s animations).
In collaboration with Hornet, Geleyn recently created a charming animated stop motion short about Colosse, a very tall, wooden robot puppet who doesn’t know his own strength. Says Geleyn:“I’m a huge fan of Jim Henson’s work. I have always wanted to work with puppets but never had the chance to do so before. I’m also a huge fan of robots; they were in all my childhood movies, cartoons, and comics. The robot from Paul Grimault’s The King And The Mockingbird; Brad Bird’s Iron Giant; and Goldorak, a Japanese cartoon, were inspirations for me. It was these two passions of puppetry and robots that led Geleyn to create the character of Colosse, who is one of two characters in the short animation, the other being a woodpecker. Colosse’s oversized, wooden appearance is kept minimal in other ways such as facial detail and contrasts well with the colourful and flittering woodpecker. This festival-winning film paved the path for a number of equally successful commercials, the greatest star of which is another Hornet piece, “The Bear and the Hare.”
In this breathtaking tale a little hare wishes to share holiday cheer with his hibernating bear companion. Yves chose to blend traditional 2D animation with stop motion. Resulting in a lovely, traditional feel, nearly all of the film’s characters were patiently hand drawn, printed, laser cut, and filmed before a live stop motion set. This means that with every frame a new laser cut image of the characters had to replace the last. Though tedious, this technique certainly paid off, successfully complimenting the delicateness of the characters, warming the hearts of the viewer and in a wider audience, garnering international acclaim.