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 a founder of Inklings Creative Animation and Parallax Pictures. He is currently Head of Character Technologies at DreamWorks Animation with credits on Shrek 2, Madagascar, Turbo, The Croods, Peabody and Mr. Sherman, The Penguins of Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Abominable, and Trolls World Tour. 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.