RELEASE DATE: 31st May 2012
Axis is delighted to announce that sometime collaborator and friend of the studio Ben Hibon has joined the Axis director’s roster for Video Game projects.
Axis and Ben have worked together on a number of projects including the award winning short film Codehunters for MTV and more recently the Renault Clio ‘Animals’ commercial and four short films for Warner Bros. Pictures to launch Zach Snyder’s feature film Sucker Punch.
Ben graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a Masters Degree. After working for four years as a Creative Director he moved into directing. Ben’s filmography goes way beyond video games and his credits include the award winning Tale of the Three Brothers animated sequence in the feature film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the animated Snow White’s Story sequence in the feature film Mirror Mirror and the live action music video for the Slayer track Beauty Through Order.
Ben is an avid video game player and fan. He has worked across a range of game projects including the award winning short films to launch Heavenly Sword as well as sequences for Capcom’s Killer 7 and J League 5 for Sega. The new partnership between Axis and Hibon is already off to a great start with a project in preproduction for an upcoming AAA game title.
‘Ben and I have known each other since 2006 and it is always a pleasure to work with him, he is this consummate professional and very talented.’ said Axis Executive Producer Richard Scott. ‘It is important to provide our clients in Video Games with the best creative solutions and Ben’s amazingly broad experience as a designer, illustrator and director allows us to bolster our already strong roster of directing talent. Ben’s track record with 2d animation, CG and live action fits perfectly with our goal to offer a range of exciting different styles to our clients.’
‘Axis and I have been sharing a passion for storytelling and animation over the years by creating fantasy worlds and bringing original stories and characters to life.’ Says Hibon. ‘I'm thrilled to officially be joining the team and to have the opportunity to work closer with this talented studio.’
Please note these images are available at high resolution.
About Axis Animation
Axis is an award winning animation studio, based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, dedicated to creating the best in animation and visual effects for commercials, broadcast, film and interactive entertainment. Recent credits include the Cannes Gold Lion winning announcement trailer for Dead Island, short films for the Warner Bros. feature Sucker Punch, D&AD nominated Codehunters short film for MTV Asia and video game trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Age of Empires Online and Killzone.
Contact: Richard Scott +44 (0) 141 572 2802
More information on Axis can be found at www.axisanimation.com
About Ben Hibon
Ben Hibon was born in Geneva, Switzerland where he completed studies in Fine Art. He moved to London in 1996 to study Graphic Design at the Central Saint Matins College of Art and Design, followed by a Masters Degree at the same school. In 2004, after working for 4 years as a Creative Director in a prominent London based design studio, he joined a commercial production company to move into directing. Ben’s credits include In 2005 Ben directed a series of in−game sequences for “Killer7”, Capcom’s highly acclaimed video game. Ben also created a sequence for “Tokyo Zombie”, a Japanese horror film written and directed by the infamous Sakichi Sato.
Ben’s short film “Codehunters” premiered at the MTV Asia Awards 2006 held in Bangkok, Thailand. Since it’s release, “Codehunters” has been shown in more than 50 festivals all around the world, and received nominations at the Raindance Film Festival and the Rushes Shorts Festival. It won a gold award for Best Animation at the Promax/BDA Asia awards in 2006, the Imagina Award 07 for best short film, a D&AD Nomination for Animation, and most the highly coveted Golden Nica award at the Prix Ars Electronica 2007.
In 2007, Sony Playstation commissioned Ben to design and direct an animated mini−series inspired by their flagship PS3 game "Heavenly Sword". The five episodes, made available weekly as a lead−up to the game’s release, are also featured on the game disc as extras.
In 2010, Ben met with Harry Potter producer David Heyman and director David Yates. They were looking to create a very particular scene for their movie "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallow". Ben designed and directed a three minute long scene telling the tale about the all−important origins of the "Deathly Hallows". The fully animated sequence was produced at post production house Framestore London. Ben directed a series of animated web−shorts for Zack Snyder’s 2011 fantasy feature “Sucker Punch”. In close collaboration with the filmmakers, Ben and Axis Animation produced four original stories which expand the universe of the movie. The shorts were included in the Special Edition Blu−Ray version of the film.
Following the success of Harry Potter, Relativity Media approached Ben to direct a fully animated sequence in their 2012 release ‘Mirror Mirror’. Voiced by Julia Roberts, the opening scene tells the origin story of Snow White. Ben teamed up with production company ‘One of us’ in London to create the two minute long sequence. Ben is represented by William Morris Endeavor talent agency in Los Angeles. Nexus productions represents him for commercial work in the UK and US.
Ben’s work has been recognized by Promax, British Animation Awards, Creative Circle, D&AD, OFFF, Flash Forward Festival/NY and shown at festivals such as Raindance, Rushes Soho Short, onedotzero, Resfest, Art Futura, the Berlin Interfilm Festival, the Edinburgh and Stockhom International Film Festivals. His commercial work includes clients such as Warner Brothers, SONY Playstation, Electronic Arts, Renault, MTV, Sega, Puma, Capcom, Channel4, Namco and Nissan.