Artist - Jonathan Ng

Jonathan is an animation filmmaker based in Montreal. His latest film "Requiem For Romance", which he wrote, directed and animated in 2012, has toured festivals around the world and won the Best Art Direction award at Anima Mundi 2013. He studied animation at Sheridan, Seneca, and Concordia University in a variety of hand-drawn, 3D and experimental techniques, and won several Teletoon scholarships throughout his academic career. He wrote, directed and animated his first professional film "Asthma Tech" at the National Film Board of Canada in 2006 and then went on to co-produce his second film "Floor Kids" in collaboration with Kid Koala, which is now currently in development for a mobile game. Jonathan also works as a freelance animator and story artist and his industry credits include "The Spiderwick Chronicles", "The Mummy 3", "The Day of the Crows" and the upcoming animated films "The Little Prince" and "A Rigged World". Jonathan is currently writing and developing his first feature animated film under Oscar nominated producer Roger Frappier.

Requiem for Romance from Jonathan Ng on Vimeo.

What part of Canada are you from?
Born and raised in Toronto. Based out of Montreal for about 10 years now.

What roles do you play in the creation of animation?
All stages - from concept to script to storyboard to final animation. I get involved in producing and financing as well.

Kirin Design - Jonathan Ng in collaboration with Robin Joseph

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
The upcoming feature film The Little Prince - I worked on the storyboards.

Floor Kids

What inspired you to create animation?
Seeing a Sheridan student's 2nd year rough demo reel when I was in high school. Once I was shown rough animation, I knew I could actually do it.

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
For sheer talent and skill, Charlie Bonafacio. For soul, Martine Chartrand.

What is one of your favourite animation books?
I really like the "The Art of Mulan" and Miyazaki's "Studio Ghibli Storyboards 11 Princess Mononoke Art Book".

Amazon Link - The Art of Mulan
Amazon Link - Princess Mononoke Storyboard Art Book

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
Definitely Malcolm Sutherland - but he's not really up-and-coming anymore. He's already so prolific.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
I've always been affiliated with the National Film Board of Canada. I made my first film, Asthma Tech, there.

Asthma Tech

What animation awards have you won?
Best Art Direction at Anima Mundi (Brazil)
Director Prize at Animayo (Spain)
Teletoon Scholarships 2002 and 2003