David OReilly (artist)
Aside from a 1-minute film entitled Ident from which he draws his logo, the earliest work available on his website is WOFL2106. This short draws equally on original designs and popular internet memes to create a disturbing landscape of serenity juxtaposed with chaos. This film sets the tone for his entire œuvre, though the direct inclusion of outside memes disappears in his later work.
His short film, Please Say Something, was awarded the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, Best Narrative Short at the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival and several other awards.
His latest short film, The External World, premiered at the 67th Venice Film Festival and the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and has since won over forty awards on its festival circuit including the IFTA for Best Animation.
He worked on the movie Her as animation director on the sequences where the characters are playing video games.
On March 13, 2008, a YouTube user named RANDYPETERS1, a 9-year-old boy from Chicago, submitted a handdrawn animated video about Octocat, a red cat head with eight long legs looking for his parents. The videos featured crude MS Paint animation and a loud, highpitched, childlike voice narrating. On September 7, the fifth, final episode was released, but featured an unexpected twist - about 20 seconds into it, the crude sketchy animation switched to intricately crafted 3D with an orchestral soundtrack; the whole Octocat story (and as such, the Randy Peters persona) was revealed to be by David O'Reilly. In an interview he said "I wanted to try experimenting with the Youtube audience and Microsoft Paint. The story for Octocat came to me by reading the bible word-for-word backwards".
O'Reilly's work has been characterized by the use of intentionally stripped down 3d animation. He was an early adopter of glitch effects and uses elements of the software used inside his work. "[David] has been the man to lead animation through a conceptual blockage—3D animation was being dominated by commercial aesthetics....he deconstructed 3D to the point of absurdity."
- The External World (2010, 17 min)
- Please Say Something (2009, 10 min)
- Octocat Adventure (2008, 6 min)
- Serial Entoptics (2008, 10 min)
- RGBXYZ (2007, 12 min)
- Wofl2106 (2006, 4 min)
- Szamar Madar (Venetian Snares, 2005, 4 min)
- I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (U2, 2009, 4 min)
- "THE DAVID O'REILLY INTERNET WEBSITE -- Work". Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- Wolff, Ellen (2008-05-02). "David O'Reilly: The 'Wrist' Behind Son of Rambow". Animation World Magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- "IMDB page". IMDB. September 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- "Go Crazy". U2.com. 2009-06-17.
- "Ottawa International Animation Festival - About OIAF 11". Animationfestival.ca. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- "Please Say Something". Short Film Central. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- "The External World". davidoreilly.com. 2011-06-30.
- Octocat Adventures (HD)
- About author meg. "Q & A with Irish animator David O’Reilly | meg". Meg.ie. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- "Artful error". Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- "Juxtapoz Profile". Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- "SOTW Awards". Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- Cone, Justin (2008-09-09). "David O’Reilly: Octocat Adventure 5". Motionographer. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- OReilly, David (2008-09-07). "OCTOCAT ADVENTURE". David OReilly. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- "RGB XYZ (2008)". IMDB. September 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.