The short animated film ‘After You’ by director Damien O’Connor has received overwhelming praise since it was posted on YouTube last week.
Funded by the Irish Film Board under its ‘Frameworks’ scheme, the seven minute film took two years to create and tells the tale of a Dublin doorman who watches the city he loves change around him.
The film, which was finished in 2013, was bought by a Japanese distribution company and had to stay offline for three years as part of the agreement.
Once the agreement expired, director O’Connor, who works for renowned Dublin based studio Brown Bag Films as an Episodic Director on the number one US preschool show Doc McStuffins for Disney Junior and has previously written and directed other award winning shorts, put the film online.
Damien says the idea for the film was to tell the tale of a Dublin doorman over 60 years.
“The storyline allowed me an opportunity to show off the great buildings of Dublin and as anyone who lives here will know, I was spoilt for choice.
“The first decision was to bypass the better known buildings. As lovely as the GPO, Trinity and College Green are, I wanted to show the less recognisable greats, Newman House on St. Stephen’s Green; 46 Fitzwilliam Square, the sweeping curve of Harcourt Street; Grattan Bridge with the Sunlight Chambers building opposite; and last but not least, my favourite building in Dublin: The National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street.
The response was almost immediate with people getting in touch to tell me how the film spoke to them on a personal level, either reminding them of a lost loved one or bringing up a fond memory of old Dublin.”
Another one of Damien’s film, the haunting Anya: Twenty years in the life of a Russian orphan, was made to help the Irish ‘To Children With Love’ charity with their work with orphaned children in the former USSR. You can watch it here:
Damien O Connor is on Twitter at @ratskins