Q & A with Irish animator David O’Reilly

Anna Pospieszynska writes.

David O’Reilly is a Berlin-based Irish animator who has rocked the world with his minimalistic animated shorts. In 2008, posing as a 9-year old YouTube user named RANDYPETERS1, he submitted MS Paint-made video about eight-legged Octocat who hit the road looking for his parents. His short movie, Please Say Something (2009) is an award-winner of numerous festival such as the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival. His charm mesmerized U2 for whom he created a clip to I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (2009). At the Darklight Festival the audience had a chance to see his latest projection The External World (2010).

How did you find yourself in the world of the Octocat Adventures and what led you there?
I don’t really remember. 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.

As an emerging animator did you find any key figure to follow? And what inspires you now?
Twitter didn’t exist back then so I had no one to follow. Currently it’s Justin Bieber and some self -absorbed comedians.

Where do you find themes to your projects? Can we talk about your favourite motives such as cats for instance?
Cats contain the secrets of the universe. All human suffering is contained in their blank, expressionless faces.

I have fallen in love with Please Say Something since I first saw it. With Octocat, Ident, Wofl 2016 there is a strong presence of animated furry friends with kawaii eyes in your animations. What is so appealing about them?
I think appealing is not the goal of character design. I don’t want any character to be lovable just for how they look – it’s too easy. You have to be able to add value to a character by context.

You have been numerously awarded at international festivals. Recently, we can talk about The External World winning the Grand Prix at Ottawa. Is there any particular award or festival that can be called ground-breaking for you?
Awards or festivals aren’t ground-breaking in themselves, they just have the power to shed light on things which otherwise might be ignored. I wouldn’t be right for me to say one is better than another, festivals have different audiences and different juries and a lot of it comes down to luck.

You are a hit-road man travelling all over the world. Mexico, Dublin, Chicago, Venice. How do you find time to create?
When I’m traveling I outsource everything to China.

Are there any projects ‘incubating’ in your mind?
Yes. I’m currently seeking an impossibly wealthy baroness to fund them all. If you know any, put us in touch!

There are 2 comments

  1. MJL

    This guy is the epitome of everything I hate about douchebag pretentious artists. Also, thumbs down to the interviewer for not following up on any of O’Reilly’s idiotic answers, or attempting to get an honest answer out of him.

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