by / July 26th, 2009 /

Interview with David OReilly, U2 video director & animator

Review by on July 26th, 2009

David OReilly is a young Irish animator working out of Berlin. This year he won the best short film Golden Bear in Berlin for Please Say Something, a melancholy modern day kitchen sink drama between a loving cat-type creature and an inattentive mouse. He also created the Youtube cult Octocat animations under the pseudonym Randy Peters, a nine year old kid. Now he’s just finished directing the lush new animated video for those U2 lads and their new single ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ and has made it into another beautiful small dramatic story.

State had a quick chat with him about working on the video.

Who are you, where are you from, where do you live and what do you do?
David OReilly, Kilkenny, Berlin, Animation.

Where did you study?
Mainly self taught.

How did you come to U2’s attention – was it through the Berlinale win?
The band had seen my short film online and asked me to pitch on their video.

Did you get any direction about story or content – it seems to be exploring similar themes as your own Please Say Something?
They really wanted me to do my own thing. The band respect creative space and were very supportive about my ideas on it.

How long did it take you – it’s more polished than your previous raw-looking work?
6 weeks… I had a bit of help! The design work was by Jon Klassen, he’s a good man.

Have you been given the VIP treatment at one of the shows on the tour yet?
This may have happened.

If so did you meet anyone awesome there?
I met one of my all time favourite filmmakers, and was lucky enough to be introduced by Bono himself. The band are pretty awesome you know, the most friendly, humble and inspiring people you could ever meet.

Music Video: U2 – ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ by David OReilly.

Please Say Something