Pat O’Neill (b. 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is an experimental film-maker who has worked as well in commercial cinema. His expertise include the area of Direction, Cinematography, Production, Editing, Visual Effects, Special Effects and the Animation Department.
His early 16mm films include Runs Good (1970), Easyout (1971), and Down Wind (1973). His later 35mm films include Water and Power (1989), Trouble In The Image (1996), and The Decay of Fiction (2002). On December 30, 2008, Water and Power was added to the National Film Registry.1 Water and Power was preserved in 2009 by the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with O’Neill.
He is known most notably for his use of the optical printer.
He has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts. He influenced a generation of CalArts students, who include Adam Beckett, Robert Blalack, Chris Casady, and Larry Cuba, who all later went on… read more
Pat O'Neill is a master of using technique to hammer out ideas in images--be they partial images, dx images, elaborate matted images, weird separation percentaged images, borrowed images, cultural icon images, and on and on. He does what every person who operates an optical printer desires to do, make art. And what amazing art.