EAMONN O'NEILL

ANIMATION & DESIGN
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

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.
(click for bigger)

A repeat pattern.

(click for bigger)

I was asked to make an award for the 2014 British Animation Awards. So I made these guys. More info and images HERE.

calebdwood:

charleshuettner:

Most of the Late Night Work Club films are now online separately.  You can find them below:
I Will Miss You - by Dave Prosser with sound by Joseph Tate 
The Jump - by Charles Huettner
Mountain Ash - by Jake Armstrong & Erin Kilkenny with sound by David Kamp
Rat Trap - by Caleb Wood
Loose Ends - by Louise Bagnall with sound by Ross Stack
Asshole - by Conor Finnegan with sound by David Kamp
Post Personal - by Eamonn O’Neill with sound by David Kamp
Last Lives - by Scott Benson with sound by David Kamp
The American Dream by Sean Buckelew, Phantom Limb by Alex Grigg, and Ombilda by Ciaran Duffy can only be seen in the full anthology, for now.  https://vimeo.com/73554156
Theme and credits music by SCNTFC
LNWC final audio mix by David Kamp

charles did that gif so dope

calebdwood:

charleshuettner:

Most of the Late Night Work Club films are now online separately.  You can find them below:

I Will Miss You - by Dave Prosser with sound by Joseph Tate

The Jump - by Charles Huettner

Mountain Ash - by Jake Armstrong & Erin Kilkenny with sound by David Kamp

Rat Trap - by Caleb Wood

Loose Ends - by Louise Bagnall with sound by Ross Stack

Asshole - by Conor Finnegan with sound by David Kamp

Post Personal - by Eamonn O’Neill with sound by David Kamp

Last Lives - by Scott Benson with sound by David Kamp

The American Dream by Sean Buckelew, Phantom Limb by Alex Grigg, and Ombilda by Ciaran Duffy can only be seen in the full anthology, for now.  https://vimeo.com/73554156

Theme and credits music by SCNTFC

LNWC final audio mix by David Kamp

charles did that gif so dope

Post Personal - my Late Night Work Club film is now online.

Be sure to check out the complete anthology HERE.

tinyteepee:

Eamonn O’Neill

My ‘Selfie’ submission for the awesome Tiny Teepee blog. 

tinyteepee:

Eamonn O’Neill

My ‘Selfie’ submission for the awesome Tiny Teepee blog. 

old mona.

old mona.

Little angry guy. 12cm.

Little angry guy. 12cm.