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I’m not a big U2 fan, but I am a fan of David O’Reilly’s work. O’Reilly is an Irish-born, Berlin-based artist and animator known for his abstract, experimental short-films and videos. Today he posted a video for U2’s new single “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”, written/directed by himself and designed by LA-based illustrator Jon Klassen.
While Klassen was in charge of art direction, the video still has a lot of similarities to O’Reilly’s short-film “Please Say Something” (above), a 10 minute story following the heartbreaking romantic relationship between a mouse and a cat. In terms of music videos, O’Reilly’s also done a great video for electronic music artist Venetian Snares. You can see much of the rest of his work on his Vimeo page. Octocat!
As for Jon Klassen, he is an amazing illustrator who makes use of flat shapes, textures and muted colors to create beautiful environmental images. His online portfolio includes development drawings for the claymation film Coraline and a few other animations he’s worked on including an ad for the Royal Bank of Canada.