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Podcast – Independent Animation: David OReilly

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In the third episode of Independent Animation, our companion podcast series to the Skwigly tie-in book Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press), we meet David OReilly who, in the past decade, has amassed a significant fanbase through the international success of his independently-produced auteur animation projects.

While in the UK to present a retrospective and lecture at the London International Animation Festival, David met with Skwigly to discuss the atypical path of his career that, alongside commercial work for Spike Jonze, Adult Swim and Adventure Time, has seen him build an international following through his multi-award-winning independent projects RGB XYZ, Octocat Adventures, Please Say Something, The External World, 109645790437692847650 and, more recently, the abstract gaming experiences Mountain (2014) and Everything (2017).

In this interview David elaborates on the circumstances of his most career-defining projects as well as the nature of success, managing expectations and staying grounded while being true to one’s work and artistic direction.

Stream the episode below or direct download:

Presented and produced by Ben Mitchell
Music by Ben Mitchell
Additional music from The External World composed by Bram Meindersma

See more of David OReilly’s work at davidoreilly.com
Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films is available to buy now from Taylor & Francis/CRC Press

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