Let’s start off this brandnew column with a personal favourite of mine: David O’Reilly. He’s probably one of the most interesting filmmakers in the present computer-animated film scene.

Some of you may have already seen some of his animations in films like Son of Rambow or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Though, he attracted way more awareness with his recent works, among others the short film Octocat and the wonderful and tragic Please Say Something — which won several international awards including the Golden Bear for best short film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.

His crude visual style may seem unusual to some. But explicitly by reducing and cutting out some of the technical process, he creates a sort of hypnotic alternate universe. Which certainly intensifies the stories, and makes them somehow transcending and bewildering — and most definitely unique.

If you’re interested in a more detailed understanding on his approach to animation, make sure to check out his blog.

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Please Say Something

Simon ScheiberSimon Scheiber is one of our new columnists who will be writing about animation and experimental filmmaking. For years, he has been active as a designer and motion graphic artist. And he is currently working on his first stop-motion short film 'The Lighthouse’.