Signed: Dropbear

January 15, 2016 / Signed/Unsigned

By The Beak Street Bugle

Agile's latest signing has a vibrant reel of graphical, stop-motion delights.

AKA Agile Films’ newest director Dropbear (whose real name is Jonathan Chong) remembers being enthralled by the stop-motion animations that Sesame Street used to feature between segments when he was a kid. He’d wake up unreasonably early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and always being loved being taken to the cinema. 

He studied graphic design at university and his love for film and animation laid dormant until his final year, when he discovered Jan Švankmajer, Hayao Miyazaki, the Bolex Brothers and Henry Selick.

After graduating he worked as a stamp designer at Australia Post for a few years and at other design studios, before deciding that he wanted to work more with moving images. He taught himself by making simple animated loops and experimenting with different techniques such as rotoscoping, stop-motion and motion graphics and found a lot of the techiniques of graphic design were transferrable. Over time he began to get more animation work and less graphic design projects until he became a full time animation director.

His big break came in 2009 after completing his first stop-motion music video for Hudson and Troop's track Against the Grain. An animation using coloured pencils, it went viral within days and was featured on a number of influential sites and blogs. The global exposure launched his career as a stop-motion animator and ever since he’s been thrilling the internet with his meticulously crafted music videos.

Watch some of his work here:

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