Josh Goodrich and David Hill (a.k.a. Santa Maria) have officially landed in Hornet’s nest. To celebrate their arrival, two of their latest new projects have been posted on Hornet’s site: J&B Scotch “Ampersand” and National Geographic Channel “Tree.”
Part of a 20-film series, “Ampersand” uses a blend of stop-motion and CG to create a self-building art installation. My favorite of the two new projects, though, is “Tree,” with its map pencil texture and hand-hewn animation that underscore the innocence of the creators for which it was created.
Santa Maria should be right at home among Hornet’s roster of do-it-yourself directors. The common thread among Hornet’s diverse lineup is a desire to make work that feels personal—something Josh and David excel at doing.