EAMONN O'NEILL

ANIMATION & DESIGN
Anonymous asked: Ever thought of making animated shorts for [adult swim]?

I would love to!

Anonymous asked: How did you, Charles Huettner, and Scott Benson created the Late Night Work Club?

Scott is really responsible. He’s probably the most brilliant person I have never met. So with that in mind I will point you to this interview where he answers yours and many other questions. http://www.directorsnotes.com/2013/03/11/theyareanimators-9-late-night-work-club/

Anonymous asked: Do you think Grant Orchard might post his own artwork/portfolio online soon? I'm just a Studio AKA fan.

I’m not sure. Maybe, but he’s a pretty busy guy. I’m a fan too.

Anonymous asked: What if FOX asks you to animate The Simpson's couch gag?

It’ll probably never happen but would be fun maybe?

Anonymous asked: Do you like anime?

Some I like some I do not.

Anonymous asked: Hi Eamonn! Your work is stellar. Wondering: Are those screenprints for sale anywhere? They're beautiful and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to get their grubby mitts on them. Cheers!

Hello. Thank you and yes they will be very shortly. I’m in the process of setting up a little print studio and an online store. They should be up over the next two weeks or so. I’ll be sure to post/tweet about it when its online so keep an eye out!

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tom-monster asked: Hi Eamonn, I just watched LEFT last night. Congratulations on the film and all the recognition its received so far. I'm a big fan of your other films too, seriously, fantastic work! I wanted to ask you kind of an unsexy question about living financially as an animated short creator. Are you or others you know able to support themselves from their own films? It seems shorts are often viewed as a portfolio to get a studio job, rather than a career all of its own when obviously thats not the point!

Hi Tom. 

Thanks for the kind words and your question.

Nobody I know is making a living solely from their own films. At this point, within independent animation we don’t really have a system in place to do this. I’m not even sure what that system would look like. Thankfully there are funding bodies like the NFB and the IFB that are supporting short format work through funding schemes, but it’s important to note that anyone working on a funded project is in the minority. 

You’re right in saying that shorts are often seen as a portfolio piece or as a stepping stone to something else. Especially amongst graduating students where a short can be a showcase of sorts.

BUT… 

There is a whole other side to short film where people are creating shorts because they have something to say and want to communicate with an audience. Often these filmmakers are working on commercial projects and personal projects at the same time. Essentially the commercial work funds the personal work. Often people are commissioned to create a commercial project because of a short or personal project they have made already.

In the past this might have been seen as ’selling out’ and that term carries pretty negative connotations. But today I don’t think it’s all that relevant. You can do both.

Some of the most well know short filmmakers today are doing music promos, commercials etc. as well as their own work. Even feature filmmakers are doing this. They might not announce it to everyone but theres countless examples out there.

Of course some people choose to not work within commercial animation. They have day jobs, work part time, they teach or work in areas completely unrelated. They create their work at night and the weekends etc. It’s just a choice and I think it’s equally respectable. 

Charles and Sean from Late Night Work Club actually touched on this whole subject in their new podcast Movie Buddies. The first half is about Avatar but the second half broadens out to discuss independent animation. The whole thing is great. http://moviebuddiespodcast.tumblr.com

This is such a huge area but I hope this goes some way towards answering your question. 

Shorts/Features/Animation/Live Action, whatever.. it’s all film. Personally, I don’t want to be solely a short film maker. I want to explore whatever I’m creatively interested in at any given point. Be that in animation or in a totally different field. On the whole I just want to make good work. 

Eamonn

LEFT from eamonn o neill on Vimeo.

My short film LEFT is now online. More info HERE.

Painted plate from a little while back. Easily the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. 

Painted plate from a little while back. Easily the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. 

Screenprints!

Screenprints!

Nature Walk
Personal Illustration
Ink & Digital 

Nature Walk

Personal Illustration

Ink & Digital 

Angry Flower.

Angry Flower.

more pattern experimenting.

more pattern experimenting.

A repeat pattern.
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A repeat pattern.

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