Young Guns 7 WINNERS

2009: Beginning this year, Young Guns became an annual competition. Its international growth continued to shine, with nearly half of all entries coming from outside of the United States. For the first time ever, the top scoring Young Guns 7 winners were awarded grants, with project funding being awarded to visual artist Siggi Eggertsson, director duo Fx&Mat and designer Mario Hugo. The Young Guns 7 ceremony and party took place on October 21, 2009.


Yves Geleyn


A true hybrid, Yves Geleyn was brought into the world via the love of a German lady and a French man in Reading, England (of all forgotten places). After this unfortunate false start in life and the fact that burning wax crayons and making hand paintings was his most loathed past time activity, our dear little Yves landed in Paris, the capital of culture. Here, surrounded by the delights of a rich artistic history, he embarked upon a flourishing early career! Position: Lock no 04. Well, he is six foot two! Obviously the rigorous and strict education of playing with the oval ball had him standing in good stead; and after a brief moment when he set his sights on becoming a French chef extraordinaire, he finally took on the less fattening option of becoming a graphic designer.

Yves studied art in Paris and started as a freelance graphic designer, mainly doing print, poster designs, book and CD covers, but also noticeably a few installations and signage for large museums and other cultural establishments. But it is with animation that Yves fully began expressing himself. Soot Giant, a story of a long-legged giant that wanders the street at dusk, was one of his first animated creations that completely turned him towards motion.

Since then he continues developing his style on other projects like Kotori (a fabric Haïku), Dandelions (an ode to nature and rebirth), and Zune (a funny tale about the search for the greatest Mother’s Day gift). W ith La Gaîté Lyrique, Yves pushed his imagination even further. This lyrical mystery piece with enigmatic weightless forms and a bestiary of magic creatures, gives a new dimension to his work. Very recently, Yves launched is new short film " Colosse a Wood tale" a beautifully handcrafted little story about a giant robot and and a Bird.

Each of Yves? projects shows us his sensibility, his delicacy and poetry. His references are numerous: Japan, nature, animals, paintings and especially birds (which are present in all of his productions). Yves is used to saying he is not a director but a storyteller; for story and characters are the most important things to him.

With a love of mixing various techniques, Yves has found that the technique is always only there to serve the story. Textures, colors, forms, patterns, illustration, CG, paper cutouts and traditional animation are all his giant toolbox that he likes to unpack and use, as the project develops and grows. Yves constantly surprises us with his new projects, all a delightful expression of this true hybrid in motion.




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