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September 2022
SEP 22, NEW MUSIC VIDEO
New Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Music Video by Peter Sluszka

Deep in the vault, Warner Brothers has kept an extensive archive of recordings from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' month-long engagement at the Fillmore West in 1997. They are releasing the recordings alongside a new music video by Hornet Director Peter Sluszka.

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Check out the Making of Ziply
SEP 21, NEW WORK
Check out the Making of Ziply

New Ziply by Corey Langelotti and Sarah Beth Morgan.

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Hardboiled Festivals from Dublin, NYC and Venice
SEP 12, AWARDS
Hardboiled Festivals from Dublin, NYC and Venice

Three more awards for Peter Sluskza. Selected for Dublin International Short Film Festival, Winner! for New York Indie Shorts, and also a Winner for Venezia Shorts.

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August 2022
AUG 30, NEW WORK
Sander Plug Directs New Spots for Vital Farms

Directed by live-action maestro Sander Plug this Bullsh*t-Free campaign is one good egg. It’s also eggsactly up Sander’s alley: weird aesthetics, quick biting humor, clever transitions, and an ethical message.

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Hornet Expanding Presence in Europe
AUG 23, NEW HIRE
Hornet Expanding Presence in Europe

We're delighted to announce the hiring of Esteban Cuenca as EU Development Producer. Esteban will help develop new and existing relationships with brands and agencies throughout Europe.

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Have Questions on the making of "Hardboiled?"
AUG 23, AWARDS
Have Questions on the making of "Hardboiled?"

On September 8th at 8pm, Peter Sluszka and Anita Chao will be doing a Q&A at New York Indie Shorts Awards. Come say hi!

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"A Date with Fate" by Doug Alberts
AUG 22, NEW WORK
"A Date with Fate" by Doug Alberts

5 random words, 5 deliriously fun animations from Hornet Director Doug Alberts in this must-watch new personal project.

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"Hardboiled" is Official Selected for Venezia Shorts
AUG 22, AWARDS
"Hardboiled" is Official Selected for Venezia Shorts

If you're in Italy next spring, be sure to see Hardboiled at Venezia Shorts! The festival starts on May 6th, 2023.

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"Hardboiled" Selected for Stop Motion Montreal
AUG 22, AWARDS
"Hardboiled" Selected for Stop Motion Montreal

Peter Sluszka's one-of-a-kind stop-motion crime satire will be screened in Montreal this September. Don't miss it! 

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Hardboiled Just Won Best Animated Short!
AUG 9, AWARDS
Hardboiled Just Won Best Animated Short!

Peter Sluszka's Hardboiled won "Best Animated Short" at Hollywood Shorts Fest. 

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July 2022
JUL 27, NEW WORK
Sander Plug's Newest Campaign for Longchamp

Longchamp's most iconic handbag gets an upcycled upgrade in this stylish-meets-sustainable campaign from Hornet's Sander Plug.

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Mac Miller Adds Pictoplasma to its List of Screenings
JUL 14, AWARDS
Mac Miller Adds Pictoplasma to its List of Screenings

Sam Mason's award-winning music video for Mac Miller's "Colors and Shapes" will be shown at this year's Pictoplasma in Berlin Sept 14-18.

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An Illustrated Cycling Tour of South Korea
JUL 7, NEW WORK
An Illustrated Cycling Tour of South Korea

In 2022, Hornet Director César Pelizer embarked on a cycling tour of South Korea, covering the length of the country from top to bottom. He then created 10 beautiful artworks summing up the experience.

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Natalie Labarre to Speak at Pictoplasma
JUL 6, SPEAKING
Natalie Labarre to Speak at Pictoplasma

Hornet Director Natalie Labarre will be speaking at this year's Pictoplasma Festival in September.

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The Making of "Colors and Shapes" with Befores & Afters Magazine
JUL 5, ARTICLE
The Making of "Colors and Shapes" with Befores & Afters Magazine

Check out our in-depth Q&A featuring Director Sam Mason and Managing Director Hana Shimizu in befores & afters magazine.

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Beep + Boop Selected for Pictoplasma
JUL 4, AWARDS
Beep + Boop Selected for Pictoplasma

Congrats to Hornet Director Doug Alberts, whose short film was selected for Pictoplasma.

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Between Lines also in Pictoplasma
JUL 4, AWARDS
Between Lines also in Pictoplasma

Sarah Beth Morgan's short film added to the list of Pictoplasma showings.

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June 2022
‘War of Hunger’ 
by Kyle Bean
JUN 16, NEW WORK
‘War of Hunger’ by Kyle Bean

It's meta, and it's immediately clear and powerful. When Hornet Director Kyle Bean (@kylejbean) was asked to create a cover image for Greenpeace Magazine about the notion of a ‘War of Hunger’, he responded with this compellingly literal illustration. The tragic grain blockade being carried out by the Russian Regime in Ukraine could drive millions more people into an acute food crisis this year. To illustrate this tragic fact, Kyle created a tank made from bread.

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Sam Mason Wins Graphite Pencil at D&AD Awards
JUN 14, AWARDS
Sam Mason Wins Graphite Pencil at D&AD Awards

Sam Mason keeps the awards coming for his "Colors and Shapes" music video with a Graphic Pencil from D&AD awards.

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"Between Lines" Wins Audience Award
JUN 13
"Between Lines" Wins Audience Award

Sarah Beth Morgan's short film "Between Lines" wins the Audience Award at this year's Brooklyn Film Festival.

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Ariel Costa Celebrates Ernie Ball's 60th Anniversary
JUN 6, NEW WORK
Ariel Costa Celebrates Ernie Ball's 60th Anniversary

For Ernie Ball celebrating its 60th anniversary, Ariel Costa created a vibrant 4-minute animation, highlighting the impact that the iconic Slinky guitar strings had on the development of the rock-n-roll guitar.

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May 2022
Yves Geleyn Wins Bronze at the Clio Awards
MAY 27, AWARDS
Yves Geleyn Wins Bronze at the Clio Awards

"Real Magic Lunar New Year"—a heartfelt spot directed by Yves Geleyn—scoops up Bronze at this year's Clio Awards.

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FWA Interactive Award Winner
MAY 26, AWARDS
FWA Interactive Award Winner

Yves Geleyn's tiger characters were featured in a series of multiplayer mini-games for Coca-Cola, which won at The FWA Awards.

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Sam Mason Wins Gold at the Clio Awards
MAY 11, AWARDS
Sam Mason Wins Gold at the Clio Awards

Two golds in the space of a week for Hornet Director Sam Mason and his music video for Mac Miller's "Colors and Shapes." Congratulations, Sam! 

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GOLD! Mac Miller Music Video Wins at Shots
MAY 6, AWARDS
GOLD! Mac Miller Music Video Wins at Shots

Sam Mason's "Color and Shapes" wins Gold at Shots - The Americas for Music Video of the Year.

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"Real Magic" Shortlisted at AICP
MAY 4, AWARDS
"Real Magic" Shortlisted at AICP

Yves Geleyn's heartfelt CG spot for Coca-Cola is shortlisted at the AICP Awards.

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"See Through" by Clim Studio
MAY 4, NEW YORK
"See Through" by Clim Studio

Exploring the intersection between art and nature, material, light, and color with Hornet Director, Clim Studio.

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April 2022
APR 11, THROW BACK
Claymation Morphing from Peter Sluszka

Throwback to this clever clay morphing from the one and only Peter Sluszka. See instagram for full video.

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APR 6, NEW WORK
Itay Tevel Shows You "How to Job" for Adobe

Three tutorials, one majorly satisfying motion-design campaign. In this “How to Job” series for Adobe, Hornet CD Itay Tevel delivers a clinic in “how to create best-in-class motion design” by showcasing three Adobe programs: InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Each tutorial is packed with cool & contemporary design, bold & balanced colors, and a distinctly Millennial-centric sensibility. In other words, the humble tutorial gets a totally motion-fueled, design-forward, snappy & stylish makeover.

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APR 5, NEW WORK
Fuzzy Hulu Logo by Andrea Love

Something’s bubbling! In this electrifying short, Andrea Love re-imagines the Hulu logo with fuzzy, fibrous, almost Frankenstein-ian glee. Hulu collaborated with a number of artists to create a series of live-streamed idents. Andrea's "Fuzz Machine" is one of the standouts.

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APR 1, NEW WORK
The DMV Song by Doug Alberts

Personalities, funny smells, paperwork hills, and floor stains. Hornet Director Doug Alberts recently took a trip to the DMV for a title transfer and was so inspired by the scene that he decided it needed a song of its own. Here it is, in all of its glory, the "DMV Song."

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APR 1, NEW WORK
Is it pancakes? April fools!

The popular fad of making things out of cake that don't look like cake. But his time Andrea Love does it in wool!

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March 2022
Mac Miller Shortlisted at Shots
MAR 28, AWARDS
Mac Miller Shortlisted at Shots

Huge shoutout to Hornet Director Sam Mason for the nomination at this year’s shots - The Americas awards for Music Video of the Year!

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Stylish New Verizon Sizzle by Hornet CD Eric Lane
MAR 28, NEW WORK
Stylish New Verizon Sizzle by Hornet CD Eric Lane

Investors Day at Verizon is kind of a big deal. It’s a chance to not only showcase new products and generate buzz for shareholders but also to align the brand’s vision with—well—stunning visuals. For this year’s keynote presentation, Hornet CD Eric Lane teamed up once again with Verizon’s creative team to further solidify the ongoing Hornet-Verizon partnership and to create a 45-second sizzle reel packed with 3D animations, 2D graphics, and about as much power & punch as Verizon’s 5G network.

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MAR 22
Summer Internship Is Now Open!

Our Summer 2022 Internship application is now open. Please read through the presentation carefully and apply through the google form found at the end. The application will be closed on Sunday, April 3rd at 11:59pm EST. Applications submitted past the deadline will not be reviewed.

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February 2022
FEB 14
Happy Valentine's Day!

In a collaboration between our 2D & 3D departments, we showered this V-Day Hornet Original in tons of love. Check it out! 

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Michael Feder Is Head Judge for the Shots Awards
FEB 7, AWARDS
Michael Feder Is Head Judge for the Shots Awards

Hornet Managing Director & Co-Founder Michael Feder will be heading up the head judge position for this year's Shots - The Americas awards show. 

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Yukai Du Solo Art Show in Shanghai
FEB 1
Yukai Du Solo Art Show in Shanghai

Yukai Du's sublime and unmistakable style is on full display in a new solo art exhibition held inside the flagship store of Tianan Qianshu KÜKÜ, Shanghai.

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January 2022
Yves Geleyn Directs Heartfelt Spot for Lunar New Year
JAN 26, NEW YORK
Yves Geleyn Directs Heartfelt Spot for Lunar New Year

In this spot for Coca-Cola, Yves Geleyn creates a simple yet symbolic story about a father & son, a homecoming, and the new beginnings of the Lunar New Year.

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Robin Robin Shortlisted for Oscars and BAFTA!
JAN 18, AWARDS
Robin Robin Shortlisted for Oscars and BAFTA!

From the minds of Mikey Please and Dan Ojari to the big streaming screen of Netflix, we're thrilled to announce Robin Robin has been shortlisted for an Oscar and a BAFTA.

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JAN 3, NEW YEAR
Cheers to the New Year

Pop bottles and peep this wonderfully stylized toast to a new year from Hornet's Seongjin Yoon.

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December 2021
DEC 25, HOLIDAYS
Holiday Moments by Natalie Labarre

From the mind (and hand) of Hornet Director Natalie Labarre, here are all those family Christmas moments no one ever talks about. 

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Parabella's Stop Motion Christmas Special
DEC 22
Parabella's Stop Motion Christmas Special

Robin might be a terrible mouse. But she’s a wonderful robin. That's the "be yourself" message behind Parabella's new 30-minute stop motion Christmas special, streaming on Netflix.

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Seasons Greetings!
DEC 22, HOLIDAYS
Seasons Greetings!

May the simple things bring you joy this holiday season. We wish you a safe and happy holiday, from all of us here at Hornet.

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CD Eric Lane Creates Spot for Verizon
DEC 21, NEW WORK
CD Eric Lane Creates Spot for Verizon

Photoreal CG meets modern architecture in this broadcast spot from Hornet CD Eric Lane for the Verizon web store. 

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Bienvenue to Renaud Lavency
DEC 17, NEW DIRECTOR SIGNING
Bienvenue to Renaud Lavency

Renaud Lavency is a Belgian illustrator and director whose style is an enchanting mix of evocative 2D illustration, bold use of color, and cinematic storytelling packed into a snappy graphic language.

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DEC 16, NEW WORK
Christmas with a Twist by Moth

In this holiday spot from Hornet Directors Moth, all the holiday feels are alive and well—Rudolph, elves, and the Claus's all included.

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Ariel Costa Keeps It Real with Footlocker
DEC 14, NEW WORK
Ariel Costa Keeps It Real with Footlocker

When you keep it real, you have "Flow Original." That's the message behind this spot celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month and Foot Locker's Flow Original Clase ‘21.

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DEC 3, INSTAGRAM
Sam Mason Goes to the Moon

Universe, meet metaverse. Hornet Director Sam Mason has created a video painting made with vectors that is on its way via satellite to the moon. 

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Julia Pott's Summer Camp Island Has a NEW Season
DEC 2, NEW WORK
Julia Pott's Summer Camp Island Has a NEW Season

Five exciting new arcs, five magical new adventures! Get ready for new episodes of Summer Camp Island streaming on HBO Max.

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November 2021
NOV 29, NEW WORK
It's Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday brought to you by Hornet’s own @ty_enos

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Ariel Costa Creates Surreal Spot for 1792 Bourbon
NOV 15, NEW WORK
Ariel Costa Creates Surreal Spot for 1792 Bourbon

With his signature mixed-media-collage style, Ariel Costa delivers an untypical spot for 1792 Bourbon that seamlessly delivers on their "Untypical" tagline.

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NOV 5, NEW WEBSITE
Check out Sarah Beth Morgan's Between Lines Website

Check out Sarah Beth Morgan's newly launched website for her beautiful upcoming short film, Between Lines.

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Sam Mason & Miller McCormick Sit Down with Interview Magazine
NOV 5, DIRECTOR NEWS
Sam Mason & Miller McCormick Sit Down with Interview Magazine

Sam Mason and Miller McCormick jump on the phone with Interview Mag to discuss "Colors and Shapes" and the journey they took to create a music video that would honor the late great Mac Miller.

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Welcoming Back Julia Pott
NOV 2, DIRECTOR NEWS
Welcoming Back Julia Pott

As she enters post-production of Summer Camp Island, Julia is back. And readier than ever to rediscover some of her shorter-form work.

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October 2021
OCT 29, NEW WORK
New Music Video for Ingrid Michaelson & Zooey Deschanel By Andrea Love

In this music video for Ingrid Michaelson's downright delightful holiday duet with Zooey Deschanel, Hornet Director Andrea Love (and co-director Phoebe Wall) create a wooly love letter to all things merry & bright.

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Sarah Beth Morgan Joins Hornet
OCT 28, NEW SIGNING
Sarah Beth Morgan Joins Hornet

Textural musings, whimsical characters, and a firm yet fluid ability to weave it all together with conceptual narrative storytelling. We're delighted to welcome Sarah Beth Morgan to our roster.

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OCT 18, NEW WORK
Happify by Itay Tevel

In this explainer video for Happify, Hornet’s Itay Tevel creates a storytelling system built on energetic motion, engaging transitions, and engrossing rhythm.

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Natalie Labarre Creates Three Spots for Traditional Medicinals
OCT 8, NEW WORK
Natalie Labarre Creates Three Spots for Traditional Medicinals

Three teas, three beautifully brought-to-life spots from Hornet Director Natalie Labarre for tea-brand Traditional Medicinals.

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Bath & Body Works BTS from Sarah Beth Morgan
OCT 1, NEW SIGNING
Bath & Body Works BTS from Sarah Beth Morgan

Watch Sarah Beth Morgan bring the Bath & Body Works world to life.

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September 2021
Hornet Creates Sizzle for Verizon-NFL
SEP 30, NEW WORK
Hornet Creates Sizzle for Verizon-NFL

In this sizzle celebrating a renewed partnership between Verizon & the NFL, Hornet CD Corey Langelotti creates a tech-inspired, sports-influenced graphic design language that's a total touchdown.

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Easy Life Shortlisted for UK Music Video Awards
SEP 29, AWARDS
Easy Life Shortlisted for UK Music Video Awards

Andy Baker's emotionally-resonant animated music video for the easy life track "a message to myself" has been shortlisted at this year's UKVMAs.

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SEP 22, NEW WORK
Spotify Best New Artists 2021

For the 2nd year running, Hornet collaborated with Spotify to produce the "Best New Artists" campaign with a series of iridescent animations & dynamic motion graphics from Director Sam Mason & Motion Lead Itay Tevel.

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Sam Mason Pays Tribute to Mac Miller
SEP 15, NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Sam Mason Pays Tribute to Mac Miller

Hornet Director Sam Mason teamed up with the family of Mac Miller to create a surreal & stirring music video for “Colors and Shapes.”

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Yves Geleyn Creates Spot for GOGO-NO-KOCHA
SEP 7, NEW WORK
Yves Geleyn Creates Spot for GOGO-NO-KOCHA

In this spot for Japanese brand GOGO-NO-KOCHA, Hornet Director Yves Geleyn creates a simple and sweet story about a young girl striving to carry on her family's legacy.

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August 2021
The Story Behind Those Gory Habito Ads
AUG 18, ANDY BAKER
The Story Behind Those Gory Habito Ads

Since 2018, Hornet Director Andy Baker has helped Habito take the mortgage category by storm with a series of gleefully gruesome ads. 

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AUG 17, NEW WORK
Summer Grilling with Andrea Love

Summer's not over yet!  Get your wool-fired grill on in this latest animation from Andrea Love.

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AUG 16, NEW WORK
Netflix by Vucko

Vucko partnered with Netflix to create a motion branding show package that according to Stash is "both upbeat & elegant."

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Eran Hilleli's Everyday Experiments
AUG 2
Eran Hilleli's Everyday Experiments

Clever ideas, radical proposals, and adorable roommate creatures—here's how Director Eran Hilleli envisions tomorrow's technologies redefining the way we live at home.

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July 2021
Iconic Bag, Classic Sander
JUL 30, NEW WORK
Iconic Bag, Classic Sander

"It is not a bag. It is Le Pliage." Hornet's Sander Plug directs and choreographs a new promo film for Longchamp's most iconic bag.

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JUL 29, NEW POSTING
A Fun-Filled Kroger Compilation

As our ongoing Kroger campaign continues, we're taking a moment to celebrate that partnership in the grooviest way possible: A Kroji-character dance-off.

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JUL 20, NEW WORK
Natalie & Yves Co-Direct for Century 21

Century 21 teamed up with Hornet Directors Natalie Labarre and Yves Geleyn to celebrate their 50th-anniversary with 50 years of real-life realtor stories.

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Hornet Creates Film for Verizon's First E3
JUL 16
Hornet Creates Film for Verizon's First E3

E3, 5G, CG. Six simple characters, one big idea. This year, Hornet had the great privilege of creating the intro film for Verizon’s first-ever keynote speech at E3.

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PLANimation Goes to Pictoplasma 2021
JUL 13
PLANimation Goes to Pictoplasma 2021

Delighted to announce that Yves Geleyn's "PLANimation" will be screened at this year's Pictoplasma Festival.

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June 2021
JUN 30, NEW WORK
Moth Creates Motion-Fueled Campaign for Ziply

For Hornet’s second campaign with Ziply, we turned to the directorial talents of Moth to create an anthem for internet-ers everywhere. 

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Eran Hilleli's Looom Has a New Update!
JUN 26, COOL APP
Eran Hilleli's Looom Has a New Update!

Introducing Looom Version 1.5—the iPad app that rethinks traditional animation tools and unlocks a more free-form way to learn and create animation. 

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JUN 25, NEW WORK
Bee Grandinetti's New Video for Google

Sending love of every shade of brown in this latest video for Google from Hornet Director Bee Grandinetti. Song by Black Thought to support Browndages and small businesses everywhere.

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New Facebook Work from Benjy Brooke
JUN 23, NEW WORK
New Facebook Work from Benjy Brooke

Vibrant 2D animation and spunky live action collide in these two spots for Facebook. 

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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade from Andrea Love
JUN 10, NEW WORK
Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade from Andrea Love

Andrea Love serves up the drink of summer in this latest wool stop motion mini-masterpiece.

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JUN 10, NEW WORK
Spotify Premium Holiday

A throwback to some captivating kaleidoscopic animations we made alongside Spotify's creative team and Director Simone Noronha.

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Another Win for PLANimation
JUN 9, AWARDS
Another Win for PLANimation

Delighted to announce that Yves Geleyn's "PLANimation" has won a Gold at Shots - The Americas 2021 in 3D Animation.

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Dan & Jason "Deliver" the Goods with Kroger
JUN 8, NEW WORK
Dan & Jason "Deliver" the Goods with Kroger

Dan & Jason bring "overdelivery" to the summertime suburbs in this latest spot for Kroger. Check it out here.

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DDB Unexpected Works
JUN 8, GROUP SHORTS
DDB Unexpected Works

We teamed up with our friends at DDB to help them create a series of unexpectedly awesome animated idents. 

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May 2021
D&AD Announces This Year's Pencil Winners
MAY 27, AWARDS
D&AD Announces This Year's Pencil Winners

This year, we're honored to announce that three films from the Hornet family have been awarded Pencil Awards. See the full list of winners.

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Nothing Says Summer Like Banana Splits
MAY 26, NEW POSTING
Nothing Says Summer Like Banana Splits

Watch Andrea Love's new wool stop motion video featuring one of summer's most iconic treats—the gloriously humble and delicious banana split.

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Shots 2021 - Shortlisted
MAY 19, AWARDS
Shots 2021 - Shortlisted

We're thrilled to announce 3 Hornet films have been shortlisted at Shots this year: Yves Geleyn's "PLANimation," Peter Sluszka's "Max & Maxine," and Natalie Labarre's "Travel the Vote."

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D&AD 2021 - Shortlisted
MAY 19, AWARDS
D&AD 2021 - Shortlisted

We're delighted to announce a trifecta of shortlist nominations at this year's D&AD Awards show: Natalie Labarre's "Travel the Vote," Sam Mason's "For Sure," and Peter Sluszka's "Max & Maxine."

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We Are Hiring!
MAY 7, NEW POSTINGS
We Are Hiring!

We are looking for an Art Director and a Creative Development Coordinator. See our Careers page for more info.

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MAY 6, NEW WORK
Peter Sluszka Creates Barnyard Anthem with adam&eveDDB

Forget cockadoodledoo. In Peter Sluszka’s latest stop motion spot for UK mattress brand eve sleep, a well-rested rooster turns yodeling into the new rise-and-shine anthem of the ages.

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Moth Makes New Netflix Headspace Trailer
MAY 3, NEW WORK
Moth Makes New Netflix Headspace Trailer

Moth's Headspace blob is back, and it's sleepier than ever.

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April 2021
APR 22
Happy Earth Day!

Brought to you by Hornet Director Andrea Love and her eco-conscious wool stop motion naturalism.

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Andrea Love Joins Hornet Roster
APR 19, NEW SIGNING
Andrea Love Joins Hornet Roster

Andrea is an animator and director who specializes in stop motion animation with needle felted wool. Her work is truly one of a kind. 

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Andy Baker Promotes Mental Health in easy life Video
APR 15, NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Andy Baker Promotes Mental Health in easy life Video

“A symphonic essay on depression, and a powerful plea for self-love.” Andy Baker's music video is at once tense and touching, sad and uplifting, entertaining and inspiring.

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Natalie Labarre Creates Magical Kingdom for Mutual of Omaha
APR 7
Natalie Labarre Creates Magical Kingdom for Mutual of Omaha

Natalie taps into her very own vast kingdom of talents to deliver the “Protect Your Kingdom” message in wildly effective fashion.

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March 2021
Eric Lane Delves Into Photorealism
MAR 29
Eric Lane Delves Into Photorealism

Hornet CD Eric Lane gets super photorealistic in his latest personal project. “Damu is a personal study of the human form and a characterization of people of North African descent.”

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Ongoing Kroger Campaigns
MAR 16
Ongoing Kroger Campaigns

We continue to create work with various Hornet directors alongside our friends at DDB New York for Kroger.

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Trifecta of Nominations at 48th Annual Annie Awards
MAR 4, AWARDS
Trifecta of Nominations at 48th Annual Annie Awards

Three Hornet films have been nominated at this year's Annie Awards: Peter Sluszka's "Max & Maxine" and Natalie Labarre's "Away - Travel the Vote" for Best Sponsored, and "Yves Geleyn's "Nixie & Nimbo" for Best Special Production.

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February 2021
Relay Studio Joins Hornet
FEB 16, NEW SIGNING
Relay Studio Joins Hornet

Hornet is thrilled to welcome Copenhagen-based design & animation practice Relay Studio to the director roster.

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Hornet Signs Masters of Motion Vucko
FEB 2, NEW DIRECTOR SIGNING
Hornet Signs Masters of Motion Vucko

Hornet is pleased to welcome Vucko to the director roster. Vucko is a Toronto-based creative practice specializing in design systems and motion. Led by Andrew Vucko, the studio’s work and worldview are guided by three core principles: clarity, function, and movement. This trifecta of ideals is evident in everything they do.

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Lane & Langelotti Become Creative Directors
FEB 1, TEAM MOVEMENTS
Lane & Langelotti Become Creative Directors

The Hornet team keeps growing. The latest developments include joint promotions of Eric Lane and Corey Langelotti to Creative Director roles.

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January 2021
Hornet Ups Dez Stavracos & Brings in Karen Lawler
JAN 27, TEAM MOVEMENTS
Hornet Ups Dez Stavracos & Brings in Karen Lawler

Hornet announced today two exciting team movements within the organization. Karen Lawler, formerly of Psyop and Blacklist, joins as Head of Production. Meanwhile, Dez Stavracos becomes Hornet’s first-ever Production Supervisor.

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Doug Alberts Joins Hornet Roster
JAN 12, NEW SIGNING
Doug Alberts Joins Hornet Roster

Doug is a director and designer whose style is fueled by a playful aesthetic and a love for experimentation. At the heart of his work is a serious devotion to story, yet also a clear commitment to never taking himself too seriously.

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On Today's Menu
JAN 6, NEW WORK
On Today's Menu

Looking for something to cook for the New Years? How about Kyle Bean recreating meals that he has made out of materials & objects found in his home studio.
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Moth Meditates with Headspace & Netflix
JAN 5, NEW WORK
Moth Meditates with Headspace & Netflix

If 2020 proved anything, it’s that there’s never been a more important time for meditation. That’s why the new Headspace Guide to Meditation on Netflix is a must-watch. The trailer from Moth? Equally worth watching.

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December 2020
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
DEC 24
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

‘Tis the season… to be very glad 2020 is finally over. However you hunkered down at home this year, here’s to making it through. Happy holidays!

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Famous Lungs by Peter Sluszka
DEC 16, NEW WORK
Famous Lungs by Peter Sluszka

The Little Lungs campaign is back, and it’s as cheerfully grotesque as ever! This time, it's joined by Terry Crews, Tony Hawk, and Sky Katz.

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"Festival of Lights" by Itay Tevel
DEC 15, INSTAGRAM ORIGINALS
"Festival of Lights" by Itay Tevel

In this Instagram Original, Hornet's Motion Lead Itay Tevel explores the essence of Hanukkah by showing the illuminating power of uniting together.

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Welcome Natalie Labarre!
DEC 7, NEW DIRECTOR SIGNING
Welcome Natalie Labarre!

Hornet is thrilled to announce long-serving Hornet animator Natalie Labarre has been elevated to our director roster.

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Hornet Wins Company of the Year!
DEC 5, AWARDS
Hornet Wins Company of the Year!

We are honored to announce that Ciclope Festival awarded us the Animation Company of the Year.

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Yves Geleyn's Planimation Wins GOLD for Ciclope!
DEC 3, AWARDS
Yves Geleyn's Planimation Wins GOLD for Ciclope!

"Planimation" Wins Gold in this year's Ciclope Festival in the "Post Production - Animation" category.

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November 2020
Happy Thanksgiving!
NOV 19, NEW WORK
Happy Thanksgiving!


In this Thanksgiving spot for Kroger, Hornet Director Yves Geleyn makes his first foray into the “Fresh for Everyone” universe by paying tribute to doting grandmas everywhere.

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Andy Baker Brings the Holiday Spirit to Pandora
NOV 18, NEW WORK
Andy Baker Brings the Holiday Spirit to Pandora


The holidays are about coming together. And this holiday advert, created for Pandora by Hornet's Andy Baker, is a prime example of just how feel-good a brand film can be when everything comes together just right.

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Meet Bee Grandinetti
NOV 13, NEW SIGNING
Meet Bee Grandinetti


It’s with great pleasure and privilege we announce the official launch of Bee Grandinetti as a Hornet director. 

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October 2020
OCT 31
Happy Halloween!


An Instagram original from Hornet's own Adam Bohorquez.

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Away & Hornet Want You to Vote!
OCT 29, GO VOTE!
Away & Hornet Want You to Vote!


"This is the election of the century. It needs your vote more than anything has ever needed your vote in the history of you voting for things.” That’s the message behind this latest brand film for Away. 

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OCT 29, SOCIAL DEALS
Sam's Instagram Creatures

This page showcases some of Sam Mason's most mesmerizing experimental work. Some of these creatures are bizarre & scary, some cute & furry, all are prime examples of Sam's motion mastery.

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Watch the Making of Max and Maxine
OCT 2, WORK
Watch the Making of Max and Maxine

Watch the Making of Max and Maxine by Peter Sluszka.  An irresistible implementation of stop motion using custom-made puppets and materials—which transforms the story from simple and sweet to completely enthralling.

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September 2020
SEP 7
Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone! We hope you’re having the most exotic & tropical 3-day vacation (from home) you’ve ever had. Animation by Hornet’s @mars.midas

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SEP 2, WORK
Peter Sluszka Makes Amazon Prime Day for the 5th Year in a Row

Hornet's Prime Day execution is back and stronger than ever! The campaign was a little different this time around in terms of technique (mostly CG instead of all stop motion) and process (done entirely remotely). But despite the differences, director Peter Sluszka and his team, delivered yet again. That's five years in a row Amazon has trusted Hornet to handle campaign messaging for their largest sales event of the year, and five years in a row that we've absolutely relished the challenge.

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Cyramza Planimation
SEP 1, WORK
Cyramza Planimation

In a universe where everything is interconnected, even the smallest actions have cosmic consequences—and the collective power to heal. That's the message behind this film by Hornet Director Yves Geleyn.

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August 2020
AUG 2, WORK
How Low Can You Go?

Latest spot from Kroger "Get Low".

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Three Hornet Films Shortlisted at the Manchester Animation Festival
AUG 1, AWARDS
Three Hornet Films Shortlisted at the Manchester Animation Festival

Delighted to announce that this year we had three great films selected: “LLS - Grace” by Natalie Labarre, “Habito - The Climb” by Andy Baker, and “Kroger - Aerobics” by César Pelizer.

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July 2020
JUL 29, NEW WORK
Sam Mason Builds Beautiful CG World

Back in the spring, the music group, Future Islands—an indie electronic group—contacted Hornet Director Sam Mason to make a music video for their song “For Sure.” 

The film’s storyline follows two autonomous cars courting one another in a choreographed love dance as they drive across landscapes pockmarked with relics of longgone human civilizations. Eventually, the two cars run out of gas and end up next to each other. It’s a love song and a simple love story told in the most futuristic form: CG digital filmmaking.

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June 2020
Hornet Welcomes Anne Skopas as Executive Producer
JUN 11, NEW SIGNING
Hornet Welcomes Anne Skopas as Executive Producer


Industry vet Anne Skopas joins Hornet as Executive Producer. She brings with her a huge reservoir of industry experience and also an unwavering desire to continue producing innovative work even after two decades of having seen and done it all. 

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May 2020
Need Some Ideas to Cook Tonight?
MAY 19, JUST FOR FUN
Need Some Ideas to Cook Tonight?

An ongoing personal project by Kyle Bean recreating meals that he has made out of materials & objects found in his home studio. Kyle started the project during the Covid-19 lockdown and set himself the challenge of only using materials that he has available at home. Kyle documents the process of making the ‘meals' and then photographs the final creation on a brightly coloured background.

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April 2020
Update - Hornet working from home
APR 27
Update - Hornet working from home

In quarantined times, here’s how some Hornet team members make working from home work.
 
At Hornet, we’ve done our best to manage the situation responsibly and proactively. Over the last few weeks, we’ve felt humbled by our team’s adaptability and ability to work remotely. And we’ve felt fortunate that our production capabilities haven’t been as badly affected as they could have been. With social distancing measures in place across the globe, most advertising film shoots have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. But animation has always inherently eliminated the need for large groups to congregate and oversee production.
 
Animation has been in our company DNA for the last 20 years, and now, more than ever, we believe in its power to tell great stories. Here are some examples of the type of work we can do.

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LLS Shortlisted for Annecy
APR 17, AWARDS
LLS Shortlisted for Annecy

Thrilled to announce Hornet’s Natalie Labarre (@fattnatt) has had her film for LLS shortlisted at the @annecyfestival

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March 2020
Stay safe, wash your hands, and be conscientious.
MAR 17
Stay safe, wash your hands, and be conscientious.

In these uncertain times, we are fully focused on doing all we can to serve and support our team, our clients, and the industry at large. We’ve already taken extra precautions to ensure a safe and productive work-from-home environment for our team, both for their safety and the broader community they might come in contact with. This way our workflow can continue uninterrupted for our clients while doing all we can to flatten the curve.

We are also continuing to monitor updates on COVID-19 and are prepared to react in keeping with the CDC’s recommendations. But perhaps the best thing we can do right now is to keep our heads up - and also put our heads down. In other words, we must remain optimistic while continuing to do and deliver good work. Because doing so will bring us together and make us stronger once these troubling times pass.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and be conscientious.

All of our best,
Hornet

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Andy Baker's "Seamless" & Natalie Labarre's "Me Too" Shortlisted
MAR 5, SHOTS 2020 AWARDS
Andy Baker's "Seamless" & Natalie Labarre's "Me Too" Shortlisted
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February 2020
Everything You Need To Know About The It Bag
FEB 12, FASHION
Everything You Need To Know About The It Bag

Words from Vogue Magazine: "Sit down: Class is in session, and Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s international editor at large, is on hand to tell you everything you need to know about the It bag phenomenon that kicked off in the 1990s, the decade that keeps on giving."

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January 2020
Celebrating a Quartet of Promotions at Hornet
JAN 30, PROMOTIONS
Celebrating a Quartet of Promotions at Hornet

Hornet, the multidisciplinary production studio with two decades of experience producing award-winning work, announced today a string of promotions throughout the organization.

Collectively, the four individuals in line for promotion have worked with Hornet for over thirty years. Individually, each person brings with them a quiver of diverse skill sets, a wealth of expertise, and the type of hunger and drive, mixed with affability and love for what they do, that has become emblematic of the Hornet team over the years.

In Managing Partner Michael Feder's words, "We’re excited to kick off the new year with a series of promotions that are really about empowering a group of wonderfully talented team members who’ve been at the core of Hornet’s evolution over the years."

The promotions are as follows:

Kristin Labriola has been promoted to Head of Creative Development, a new role within the Hornet studio. For 8 years, Kristin has operated as the Development Producer at Hornet, where she developed the creative strategy behind Hornet’s commercial pitch process, managed this process logistically and creatively from beginning to end, and helped with director outreach and the continued fosterment of Hornet’s director roster. Michael Feder says, “Kristin has grown to become an invaluable creative voice within Hornet, and she will work with Hana [Managing Director], Greg [Managing Partner], and myself to ensure that the decisions we make, as we grow, lead to the best creative outcome.”

Cathy Kwan has been promoted to Executive Producer. Cathy has been with Hornet for close to a decade. A people person by heart, she is a veteran of the production world. Prior to Hornet, she worked in long-form television production for children’s programming, managing relationships with animation studios and seeing to all phases of production. Her role as Senior Producer at Hornet has seen her work with a number of big clients, including ongoing campaigns with Facebook. As she moves into her EP role, Cathy will bid and produce jobs along with a more concentrated emphasis on further developing Hornet’s client relationships at Hornet.

Marty Geren has been promoted to Senior Producer. Marty has been with Hornet for the last 10 years, the first half of which as a CG Lead before becoming a Producer. As Marty moved into his role as a Producer, his extensive background in CG modeling, lighting, texturing, and rendering made him the perfect liaison between art and production at Hornet. For 9 years, Marty has led the McDonald’s campaign with Leo Burnett London, one of Hornet’s longest relationships. (He also happened to be a McDonald’s breakfast manager back in high school, so it’s been a very long, full circle relationship, indeed!)

Dez Stavracos has been promoted to Senior Producer. With a strong background in 2D animation and 6 years as a producer at Hornet, Dez’s journey to Senior Producer has been eclectic and interesting. After studying traditional animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he worked for 3 years as a producer for renowned animator & filmmaker Bill Plympton. Dez's experience with longform 2D animation—his first "true love"—has made him an invaluable contributor to the 2D department at Hornet. Moving forward, he will continue to produce with an added focus on nurturing and developing the 2D team.

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New Year, New Website
JAN 21
New Year, New Website

Hello, and welcome to a new year, a new decade, and a new way to engage with your good friends at Hornet. That’s right: We’re thrilled to announce we’re starting off the Roaring Twenty-Twenties with a brand new, freshly redesigned website.

The decision to redesign was born out of a desire to showcase more of our process here at Hornet. Final films are usually the only things people see. While the final films produced at Hornet are always of the highest order (if we do say so ourselves), it’s the stuff that goes into making them where the fun, creative magic and unfettered ingenuity takes place. Rather than withholding that magic for only us to see, we wanted to let people in on things like how many x-acto blades were used to create a city of cardboard or how we rigged a slice of pizza to row a boat or how we’ve worked continuously with one particular brand since the days when Blockbuster video stores were still a thing.

With the new layout, we’re providing more of a behind-the-scenes peek into the journey from concept to final delivery, complete with all of the exciting, exhausting, and exhaustive endeavor that goes into it.

Of course, none of this website redesign would have been possible without the help of our close friends at Hugo and Marie. Endless thanks and praise to them for their keen eye for design and their tireless ability to tackle every question and concern we sent their way!

Finally, a few housekeeping items: Our new URL is now https://hellohornet.com. Please note that our email addresses and social media handles have also changed accordingly to @hellohornet.

We hope you love the new site as much as we do. As always, we’d love to hear from you!
Hana & Michael

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December 2019
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
DEC 12, HOLIDAYS
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We are pleased to share with you a roundup of our latest holiday work. From wrapping paper worlds to lovable CG characters, below are three spots full of festive cheer that we’re excited to deck your inbox halls with. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

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DEC 2, NEW WORK
Hornet and Honda Unwrap the Joy of Holidays

For the 2019 “Happy Honda Days” sales event, Honda and RPA teamed up with Hornet to create a holiday spot that would steer away from a typical CG job, and instead, cruise toward a more textured, tactile, altogether new world—one that would be constructed with the most iconic of holiday materials (wrapping paper) and conveyed with an appealing mix of stop motion and CG animation.

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November 2019
NOV 21, NEW WORK
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

In May 2019, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and creative agency Oberland approached Hornet to create a 45-second spot detailing how LLS can help people come to terms with the ugly, earth-shattering news of a cancer diagnosis. LLS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, they’ve invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research and also provided patient support to thousands of people, guiding them to a wide array of education and support services.

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César Gives Kroger a "Fresh" New Look
NOV 14, NEW WORK
César Gives Kroger a "Fresh" New Look

Kroger—the largest supermarket chain in the U.S.—recently enlisted the expertise of DDB and Hornet to aid in a massive company rebrand. In addition to the launch of a new logo, new tagline, and new brand messaging centered around fresh, affordable food for all, Kroger wanted to create an overall look and feel that would be completely ownable and original.

So, they turned to the talents of Hornet director César Pelizer. Put simply, the Brazilian-born, London-based director has a style that’s about as original as it gets—as original, you could say, as the original grocery store Mr. Barney Kroger opened in downtown Cincinnati back in 1883.

Kroger has come a long way since 1883. (To be fair, plenty of things have come a long way since the Victorian era. But that’s beside the point!) Kroger, today, is HUGE. It’s the second-largest general retailer in the US, 4th largest in the world, and the 17th biggest company on the Forbes 500 list. Nine million people shop at Kroger each day across 2,800 stores in 35 states. It makes sense, then, that Kroger wanted their rebrand launch to have a comparably sizable splash.

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October 2019
Hornet Elevates Hana Shimizu to Managing Director and Welcomes Alex Unick As New EP
OCT 29, ANNOUNEMENT
Hornet Elevates Hana Shimizu to Managing Director and Welcomes Alex Unick As New EP

NYC based mixed media production company, Hornet, announced today that Hana Shimizu will be promoted to Managing Director / Executive Producer, and Alex Unick will join as a full-time Executive Producer.

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OCT 9, INSTAGRAM
20K on INSTAGRAM!
Natalie Labarre's Me Too also Shortlisted
OCT 4, AWARDS
Natalie Labarre's Me Too also Shortlisted
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September 2019
"Me Too" Selected for world Panorama
SEP 15, AWARDS
"Me Too" Selected for world Panorama
Andy Baker & Vans Kickoff Custom Cuture
SEP 12, NEW WORK
Andy Baker & Vans Kickoff Custom Cuture

What happens when all these folks converge in a room... a room in Morning Breath’s Brooklyn studio, let’s say? You get a campaign that’s the complete antithesis to “standard.”

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Imaginary Friends WINS GOLD
SEP 1, AWARDS
Imaginary Friends WINS GOLD
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August 2019
Hornet has a Tumblr page of  Original Animations featured on IG
AUG 11, WORK ANNOUNCEMENT
Hornet has a Tumblr page of Original Animations featured on IG
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July 2019
Hornet & Amazon Celebrate Prime Day for the 4th Year Running
JUL 15, NEW WORK
Hornet & Amazon Celebrate Prime Day for the 4th Year Running

July 15th marks the kick-off of Amazon’s fifth ever Prime Day. It also happens to be the fourth time Amazon has chosen Hornet director Peter Sluszka as the creative architect behind their biggest day of the year. So, you could say Peter knows a thing, or four, about the importance of Prime Day.

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Hornet Shortlisted at the Ottawa International Animation Festival
JUL 11, AWARDS
Hornet Shortlisted at the Ottawa International Animation Festival

Me Too “Daniela” has been selected for the World Panorama at the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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Hornet & Leo Burnett UK: The Journey Continues
JUL 6, WORK ANNOUNCEMENT
Hornet & Leo Burnett UK: The Journey Continues

Hornet director Peter Sluszka has created another magical moment with the newest film Cucumber for the McDonald's Happy Meals campaign out of Leo Burnett UK. Starting over a decade ago, Hornet and Leo Burnett UK, with Sluszka at the helm, have worked together to create beautifully art directed and playful films most recently starring a few mischievous box characters called the Happys (the Happy Meal boxes brought to life).

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June 2019
Andy Baker Takes Mtn Dew on a cross-country Roller Coaster
JUN 4, NEW WORK
Andy Baker Takes Mtn Dew on a cross-country Roller Coaster

How dew you sum up the ridiculous diversity of America in 15-seconds?

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Relax into Summer with Headspace
JUN 4, WORK ANNOUNCEMENT
Relax into Summer with Headspace

Headspace approached Moth once again to create some new content for the promotion of Sleep, a place for restless sleepers to find meditation and music within their app. They produced a hero :60 film and six :15 spots starring a cast of characters all wanting a good night's sleep.

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