Jonathan Daw is an Australian filmmaker who specialises in stop-motion animation. He has 17 years experience working in roles including director, producer, animator, sculptor, model maker and trainer.
Jonathan has worked extensively in remote Indigenous media across Australia, collaborating with local community members to tell stories through animation. Between 2011 and 2017 Jonathan 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. He has also worked on collaborative projects for Erub Arts in the Torres Strait, Tjanpi Desert Weavers in Warakurna (WA), Tangentyere Artists (Mpantwe / Alice Springs), ICTV (Mpantwe / Alice Springs) and the Mulka Project in Yirrkala (NT).
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, Nexus Arts, Pembroke Junior School, the University of Technology Sydney and the Mulka Project.
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. He also worked as a sculptor, set builder and assistant animator on Adam Elliot’s feature film Mary and Max and 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 passionate about the craft of hand made, in-camera film making and using creative animation techniques to tell unique stories.