Academic C.V.

Portfolio Personal: www.bekky.ca | Studio: www.cardboardreality.ca

Contact bekkyoneil@gmail.com, 647-642-6276, 157 Crosby Road, Roseneath, Ontario

Skills Directing for Stage & Screen, Storyboarding, Traditional and Mixed Media Animation, Puppet & Mask Construction, Armature Construction, Scriptwriting, Photography, Video & Sound Editing, Web Design, Illustration, Textile & Surface Pattern Design, Comics

Software Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, AfterEffects, ProTools, TVPaint Animation Pro, DragonFrame Stop Motion, Final Draft, Final Cut Pro, Procreate, ToonBoom, Excel, Quickbooks

Languages English (mother tongue) | Français (fonctionnel)

Education

Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD University), Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design – MFA Specialization in Animated Documentary & Sustainable Agriculture | Toronto, Ontario | 2016 – 2020

Thesis: “What Does a Garden Know? Permaculture Explorations in the Field & Studio”

Concordia University, Major in Film Animation, Bachelor of Fine Arts | Montréal, Québec | 2013-2016

Bread & Puppet Theatre, Volunteer Intern & Performer | Glover, Vermont | 2008-2011
(Including performances at the UNIMA International Puppetry Conference in 2011 at University of Connecticut & Honk! A Festival of Activist Marching Bands in Somerville, MA)

Concordia University, Major in Playwrighting, Bachelor of Fine Arts | Montréal, Québec | 2005-2010

Teaching Experience

Professor, Media Studies, Animation & Games Development Program, Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology, Belleville, Ontario, 2021-Present
Courses Taught: Production Design I (Dual Credit Program), Communications 2: Intro to Visual Communication (At the College)

Workshop Leader, Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, Cobourg, Ontario, 2018-2020
Subjects of Instruction Include: Silkscreening, Shibori Indigo Dye, Needle Felting, Stop Motion Animation, Papier Maché Mask Construction, Lino Carving / Relief Printing, Papercraft

Private Animation Instructor, Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, Cobourg, Ontario, 2019-2020
Worked both with adult artists looking to add an additional medium to their craft, and home schooled children.

Workshop Leader, Intro to Shadow Puppetry, Critical Mass Port Hope, Port Hope, Ontario, 2019

Teaching Assistant, Concordia University, Technical Aspects of Animated Filmmaking, Professor Jean Théberge, 2014-2015

Volunteer Workshop Leader, Art City St James Town, Giant Puppet Construction, 2011

Grants & Awards

Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Research and Creation, Inter-Arts Artist, 2021
For creation of graphic novel / autobiography Bumblefoot or Twelve Ways to Kill a Duck

Ontario Arts Council, Grants to Visual Artists, 2020
For creation of Animated Short Lessons

OCAD University, 3 Minute Thesis Competition, Second Place, 2020

Private Donor, Bailey Scholarship for Canadian Artists, 2018

Concordia University Film Festival, Best Animated Film, 2016

Concordia University, Richter Award for Animated Filmmaking, 2015

Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to Theatre Artists, 2010

Concordia University, Shuffle Entrance Scholarship, 2005

Artist Talks & Lectures

Guest Speaker, Film Animation Program at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Professor Luc Otter, Concordia University, 2022

AGN (Art Gallery of Northumberland) Spotlight Series: Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio, 2020

Ah! (Arts & Heritage) Warkworth, Of Wool & Wire: The Stop Motion Worlds of Cardboard Reality, 2018

18th Animation Show of Shows, Last summer, in the garden, Tour speaking about my film at theatres, animation studios and universities in California including: Sony Pictures Animation, Illumination Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Apple, Tippet Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation, Cogswell College, USC Animation School & UCLA

Filmography, Director & Animator, Cardboard Reality Studio:

Animated Shorts

Be Inspired, Directed by Mark Northwood & bekky O’Neil, Skunkworks International Corp & Cardboard Reality Studio, SING Festival, 2022

Lessons, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2022

How to Lose Everything: A Field Guide, Directed by Christa Couture & bekky O’Neil, CBC Arts, 2021

Official Selection: London International Animation Festival, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Imagine This Women’s Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival

Winner, Best Animated Short: Imagine This Women’s Film Festival
Winner, Best Animated Short: American Indian Film Festival

What Does a Garden Know?, Directed by bekky O’Neil, MFA Thesis Film, OCAD University, Supervised by Philippe Blanchard & b.h. Yael, 2020

Last summer, in the garden, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Supervised by Shira Avni, 2016

Official Selection: Ottawa International Animation Festival, Les Sommets du Cinema d’Animation, London International Animation Festival, Golden Kuker-Sofia International Animation Festival, Anibar International Animation Festival, Animation Block Party, 18th Animation Show of Shows, LunaFest

Winner: Best Animated Short, Concordia University Film Festival 2016

Invisible Hands, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Supervised by Luc Otter, 2015

Official Selection: Monstra Festival of Animated Film

Commissioned Work

Heart Like a Pow Wow, Part of How to Lose Everything: The Series by Christa Couture, Directed by Tara Williamson & Chief Lady Bird, Animated by bekky O’Neil & Keith Del Principe, One Foot Tapping Media, CBC, 2022

Paddling on Both Sides by Blake Angeconeb & Buffy Sainte-Marie, Directed by Justin Stephenson, Cel Animation by bekky O’Neil, Downie Wenjack Fund, 2021

Beading Together by Corrina McKay, Directed by Justin Stephenson, Animation by bekky O’Neil, Downie Wenjack Fund, 2021

Animated Trailer for The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk, Canada Reads, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2021

Animated Hero Video for LibraryLab, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2021

Animated Credit Sequence for Award Winning Web Series GhostBFF, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, Babe Nation Films, 2020

Let’s Talk About Our Feels, PSAs on Mindfulness and Meditation Accompanying Season 1 & 2 Award Winning Web Series GhostBFF, Directed by Katie Nolan & Lindsay Tapscott, Animated by bekky O’Neil, Babe Nation Films, 2017-2020

Naila & The Uprising, Directed by Julia Bacha, Additional Animation (Not Key Animator) by bekky O’Neil, Just Vision, 2017

Official Selection: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Dubai International Film Festival, DOC NYC

Music Videos

White Christmas by Karl Loxley, Directed by bekky O’Neil & Keith Del Principe, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2021

Stuff by Ronley Teper, Directed by bekky O’Neil & Keith Del Principe, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2020

Drummer Boy by The Tenors, Directed by bekky O’Neil & Keith Del Principe, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2017

An Eighteen Wheeler is Coming by Paul Godin, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2018

Sting of the Cactus by Ori Dagan, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2017

Official Selection: Portland Music Video Festival, WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival, Best Independents International Film Festival, Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Milledgeville-Eatonton Film Festival, Apex Short Film & Music Video, Bellingham Music Film Festival, Nassau Film Festival, 18th Nickel Independent Film Festival , New York Jazz Film Festival, Beijing Indie Short Film Festival, Music in Cinema (MIC) Film Festival, Summerfolk Short Film Showcase, Long Beach Indie International Film Festival , Palena Film Festival, CineMuskoka Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival, Williamsburg International Film Festival, Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, Tucson Film & Music Festival, Austin Under the Stars Film Festival, Birmingham Film Festival

Winner, Best Music Video: Open World Toronto Film Festival
Winner, Best Animation Music Video at LA Music Video Awards
Winner, Best Music Video at Rincón International Film Festival
Winner, Platinum Reel Award at the Nevada International Film Festival
Winner, 2018 Silver Lei for Music Video at the Honolulu Film Awards
Winner, Silver Award Best Music Video South Georgian Bay Film Festival
Winner, Silver Remi Award WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
2nd Runner Up, Best Music Video at Albuquerque Film & Music Experience
Nominated, Best Music Video & Best Animated Short at Nova Film Festival

Mr. Pigeon by Ronley Teper, Directed by bekky O’Neil, Cardboard Reality Studio, 2015

Gallery / Installation / Concerts

Small Creatures Such as We, A Virtual Solo Gallery Show at Toronto’s Henderson Lee Gallery, 2021

Winter Stories, An Interactive Shadow Puppetry Installation at the Port Hope Candlelight Festival, Critical Mass, 2019

Of Wool & Wire: The Stop Motion Worlds of Cardboard Reality, AH! Arts & Heritage Warkworth, 2018

Course Credit (Group Show), OCAD U Grad Gallery, Toronto, 2017

Humanalia (Group Show), OCAD U Grad Gallery, Toronto, 2016

Philosophical Toys, Concordia University Fine Arts Reading Room, Artist in Residence, 2015

Otherworldly Curiosity (Group Show), VAV Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, 2013

Paper Moon, NextStage Theatre Festival Courtyard Installation, Factory Theatre, Toronto, 2012

Off The Wall (Group Show), Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, 2012

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: A Brief History of the World, Leitmotif, Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2011

Cabinet of Curiosity, Visual Fringe, Toronto Fringe Festival, 2011

Jehovah’s 3D MegaParty, Pop Matters, Les Saints, Pop Montreal Music Festival, 2008

Theatre (Writer, Director & Designer | Quality Slippers Productions)

Complete Theatre C.V. Available Upon Request

Urge for Going: The Joni Mitchell Project, Montreal & Toronto Fringe Festivals, 2014

Exit, pursued by a bear., SummerWorks Festival, 2014

for you, Emmy, Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, 2010

Being the Enthralling Story of Herculine Barbin, International Toy Theatre Festival, NYC, 2010

Feed the Birds Cabaret (Curator), Henson Puppet Slam Network, Various Venues, Toronto, 2010-2012

Arts Administration

Fund Development & Administrative Coordinator | Apathy is Boring | 2013-2014

Gallery Administrator | The Al Green Gallery for the Arts | 2011-2012

Studio Assistant | The Al Green Sculpture Studio School | 2010-2012

Assistant to Chief Operating Officer | Just For Laughs Festival | 2006-2008

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