Ask the average 2d animator how much finished film they’d hope to produce in three weeks, and they’ll probably count their answer in seconds. Not Jonathan “JonJon” Ng. The Montreal, Canada-based filmmaker and animator is making a habit of creating entire short films — from pitch to delivery — in this timeframe.
So it was with his latest project, a music video for Kina’s hit track “Get You the Moon (feat. Snøw).” In an accompanying director’s commentary video which he also animated (see above), JonJon delves into his techniques, giving a time-lapse account of the production. In an interview with Cartoon Brew, he expands on how he pulled off such a quick turnaround.
Firstly, he had experience. He’d already animated to very tight deadlines for the likes of musician The Weeknd and newly-crowned NBA championship team Toronto Raptors. “[These clients’] timelines are like warp speed,” he says. Though initially reluctant to go so fast, he found that the pressure pushed him toward a pared-back, semi-improvised style that he liked. “It’s a new way that I love working now.”