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David O’Reilly Wins Top Prize the Berlinale

Please Say Something

Congrats to David O’Reilly who just won the Short Film Golden Bear at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival for his animated film Please Say Something. It’s a thrill to see animation take the top prize at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals where distinctions aren’t drawn between live-action and animation and both mediums have to compete in the same category. (Don Hertzfeldt accomplished the same feat at Sundance in 2007.) O’Reilly’s ten-minute computer-animated short, a self-described Internet turbodrama that examines the “troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future,” uses a unique narrative structure comprising 23 episodes of exactly 25 seconds each. Below you can watch the first five of twenty-three episodes in the series. (On a sidenote, last December I also chose Please Say Something as my pick for the year’s best online animation.)

  • Jorge Garrido

    David O’Reilly is an example of the kind of humour and phenomenom that is destroying our culture.


    There is not one shred of sincerity left in our society anymore. Everything has to be ironic.

    I’m gonna go watch I Love Lucy.

  • I think that there is enough room in this world for irony, camp, cheese or whatever… !

    Congratulations to the winner!!
    He truly deserves it !!!

  • In comparing short films, animation generally will get the upper hand on live action -they’re often regarded separately so that one technique doesn’t have unfair advantage over the other.

    The process of animation’s strength is short form (this is for many reasons, not least of which is its reliance on gestural shorthard).

    I’m surprised animated films don’t take top prize every time at festivals where they’re not segregated.

  • tom



    Beautiful to look at though.

  • PJ

    Where/how can we see the whole thing? This is fantastically haunting, in a completely indescribable way.

  • I think he’s going to release it online once the screenings have ended at berlinale.

    I don’t really see what irony has to do with the film? How is it destroying our culture? PSS is the most refreshing animation I have seen in a long time.

  • Eric

    I think the series is brilliant. Need to see more!

  • Charles

    I must say, I’m surprised at some of the negative comments up there. I think there is a lot of good stuff going on in his pss series. Most importantly (in my opinion) is the adult themes. Sometimes it seems that the only kind of thing the animation community enjoys are pixar movies, and zaney cartoons.

    I think his award is well deserved and wold love to see more animators take a step forward.

  • Man, this guy really rocks.

  • Jeff Savoy

    I get it, but you have to be kidding me that this took first place. I’m not being hater but this is fairly derivative of the other “shitcore” stuff out there.

  • Congrats to David!

    Regarding the negative comments here, I think you’re valid to your own opinions. Personally, I find OReilly’s work addictive and inspiring. Derivative or not, there is definitely careful thought and meticulous detail that goes into what he does.

    He deserves all the praise that’s headed his way.

  • PJ

    I think Oreilly makes several unique and unorthodox decisions in how he tells the PSS story, and yet everything translates with perfect clarity–more than that, it hits with surprising emotional effect. I’m doing my best to describe what I called in my previous post indescribable. I really enjoy what I’ve seen so far. I can understand how some people would be turned off, but I don’t see any objectionable use of irony, and personally I feel like the style serves the substance, and vice versa.

    I don’t think this is an example of anything wrong with our culture–in fact, in our culture of remakes, rehashes, and an almost oppressive void of originality, I feel like this kind of exploration is exactly what we need. As evidenced here, it can lead us not only to new stories, but also to new ways of telling those stories.

  • Hah! Man, this work is hilarious. A turbodrama! Very refreshing indeed.
    Congrats to mister O’Reilly!

  • I love O’Reilly’s work. I’ve been following it ever since you showcased it on the Brew. Congratulations…well deserved!

  • Speaking of David O’Reilly, I’m amazed by how similar the movie Coraline is to his animated series Octocat.

    The mysterious door, the doppelgangers, the lost parents, the journey through nothingness, the battle with a spidery creature, the breath-taking 3D, the delicious fried chicken, etc…

  • This work is wonderful and interesting. So many times we try and use digital tools to recreate older forms, it’s unabashedly digital and makes no apologies for this.

  • Ellen Bellend

    This stuff stinks of pretentious art student, and I fail to see how it is progressive. On the plus side looks like it would make a great Wii game.