Jonathan Daw is an Australian filmmaker who specialises in stop-motion animation. He has 20 years experience working in roles including director, producer, animator, sculptor, model maker and trainer. Jonathan has worked extensively in feature film, short film and documentary production and visual arts.
Jonathan is based in Mparntwe / Alice Springs and has worked across the Northern Territory and Australia on collaborative animation projects with Remote Indigenous Media Oragnisations and Indigenous Art Centers including Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Pilbara and Kimberly Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) (Broome WA), Erub Arts (Erub Island Torres Strait), ICTV (Mpantwe / Alice Springs), Tangentyere Artists (Mparntwe / Alice Springs) and Mulka Project (Yirrkala, NT). Between 2011 and 2017 he worked for Pintubi Anmatjere Warlpiri (PAW) Media in the central Australian Aboriginal community of Yuendumu. At PAW Media he worked on several animated projects including Bush Mechanics with Warlpiri filmmaker Jason Japaljarri Woods, Kardiya-rlu Kangurnu, a half hour animated documentary for NITV and Yarripiri’s Journey, a half hour documentary for the Songlines on Screen series.
Jonathan animated stop motion sequences for Del Kathryn Barton’s feature film Blaze and worked as a sculptor, set builder and assistant animator on Adam Elliot’s feature film Mary and Max. He also worked as an assistant animator on Aardman Animations TV series Shaun the Sheep. Jonathan completed a BCA (Honours) degree in Film Production at Flinders University in 2002.
Jonathan is keen to pass on his knowledge and enthusiasm for animation. He has conducted animation workshops at seven Remote Indigenous Media Festivals at various locations and at the ICTV FRAIM festival in Mpantwe / Alice Springs. He also has worked teaching young people at Sharing Stories Foundation, Carclew Youth Arts, the University of Technology Sydney, the Mulka Project and the Song Room.
Jonathan has directed and animated several short films, including Daffodil (a collaboration with textile artist Kasia Tons and sound artist Jeremy Conlon), Extreme Makeover, Catch of the Day and The Seagull. His films have screened at international festivals such as Annecy, Stuttgart, Krok, Tampere, Melbourne International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival and have won awards at Flickerfest, St Kilda Film Festival, Shorts Film Festival and the South Australian Screen Awards.
Jonathan is passionate about the craft of hand made, in-camera film making and using creative animation techniques to tell unique stories.