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Rob O’Neill
Date and place of birth
Current location
Los Angeles, CA
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
200102, Research Resident

Rob O’Neill is a director, writer, and animator, born in Brooklyn and based in Los Angeles.

Rob is the director of the award winning animated short film Follow Your Heart and a series of music videos/short films with music producer Starcadian. He recently wrote and directed the live action horror/western short film, The Ballad of John St. George. He is currently a Production Executive at DreamWorks Animation with credits on Shrek 2MadagascarTurboThe CroodsPeabody and Mr. ShermanThe Penguins of MadagascarHow To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldAbominableTrolls: World TourThe Bad Guys, and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. He has directed projects for clients such as Kidrobot and Google, and exhibited films at film festivals such as SXSW and Beyond Fest. Previous professional experience includes: Researcher in Cultural Resources in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History; Character and Research Technical Director at Charlex/Launch; Studio Technical Director at Eyebeam; Founder/Director of Kickstand Animation; and Director of the Digital Arts Research Laboratory at Pratt Institute. He has a BA from Brooklyn College in Anthropology and Archaeology and a MFA in Digital Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design.

Rob is the author of Digital Character Development: Theory and Practice, Second Edition published by AK Peters/CRC Press and is the creator of OpenPipeline, the widely-used, open-source, framework for animation production.

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