Rob O'Neill

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Rob O'Neill is a writer/director, designer, and programmer. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Rob is a Character Technical Director Supervisor at DreamWorks Animation with credits on Penguins of Madagascar, The Croods, Turbo, Shrek 4D, Shrek 2, and Madagascar. Rob holds a BA in Anthropology and Archeology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York with a focus on evolution and anatomy. He holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design in Design and Technology with a focus on animation and visualization. He was previously a: Researcher in Cultural Resources in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History; Character Technical Director at PDI/Dreamworks; Character and Research Technical Director at Charlex/Launch; Studio Technical Director at Eyebeam; Co-founder of Kickstand: Animation Research + Design, and Director of the Digital Arts Research Laboratory at Pratt Institute. His films have been screened at SXSW, Eyebeam, Mutamorphosis, Ars Mathematica.

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. He is a founding partner of Inklings Creative.

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