Johnny Kelly YG7

  • Current Location: London
  • Originally From: Ireland
  • Studio: Nexus Productions

Johnny Kelly is a Director & Animator from Dublin, based in London. He graduated from The Royal College of Art where he completed an MA in Animation and was awarded the Conran Foundation Award by the Provost, Sir Terence Conran. His graduation short film, Procrastination, has been well received and won him the Jerwood Moving Image Prize 08 and was selected to be part of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase. Johnny is represented by Nexus Productions (UK) and Free Agents (USA).

Portfolio Imagery:

  • Project 1 of 5

    “Het Klokhuis” Opening titles

    Stop motion title sequence for Dutch science show "Het Klokhuis" (The Apple Core). It is Hollands oldest youth television show, covering everything from the history of dinosaurs to how an iPhone is made.


    Client: NPS Agency: KesselsKramer Creative Team: Christian Borstlap Agency Producer: Pieter Leendertse Production Company: Nexus Director: Johnny Kelly Executive Producers: Christopher O'Reilly & Charlotte Bavasso Producer: Luke Youngman Production Manager: Jo Bierton Creative Development: Beccy McCray Model-maker: Jethro Haynes 3D printed model design: Ben Cowell, Matt Clark Animators: Matthew Cooper, Tine Kluth Runner: Xaver Böhm Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston Director of Photography: Matthew Day Filmed at Clapham Road Studios Music: Harry Bannink Sound Design: FC Walvisch Amsterdam

  • Project 2 of 5

    ‘Back to the Start’

    A stop-motion animated film about farming commissioned by Chipotle Mexican Grill.


    Production Company: Nexus Nexus Director: Johnny Kelly Nexus Exec Producer: Cedric Gairard , Chris O’Reilly Charlotte Bavasso Nexus Producer: Liz Chan Nexus Production Managers: Claire Thompson, Alistair Pratten Director of Photography: Matt Day Camera Assistant: Max Halstead Model Assistant: Joe James Electrician: Aldo Camileri Model Rigger: Gary Faulkner Character Animator: Gary Cureton Set Animator: Matthew Cooper Compositors: Alasdair Brotherston, John Taylor Production Designer: Graham Staughton Art Department: Gordon Allen, Ben Côté, Joe Kirton Studio Manager: Elizabeth Day Models: Bob @ Artem Music Supervision: David Leinhart at Duotone Audio Music Producers: Justin Stanley and Doyle Bramhall Content Manager: Liz Graves Artist: Willie Nelson Sound Design: Barnaby Templer @ Fonic

  • Project 3 of 5

    Bacardi “Manifesto”

    Bacardi TV commercial, encouraging humans to ditch technology and get together over a rum or two


    Director: Johnny Kelly Production company: Nexus Productions Producer: Natalie Le Berre Production Manager: Claire Thompson Executive Producer: Tracey Cooper, Julia Parfitt Advertising Agency: Young & Rubicam, New York Copywriter: Tara Lawall Art Director: Devon Hong Agency producer: Tamara Lecker Board Account Director: Shani Athureliya Executive Creative Director: Guillermo Vega, Kevin Brady Project Lead: Mark Davies 2D Animation: Roly Edwards, Stuart Doig, Antoine Bourell, Bali Engel, Kevin Baldwin 3D Animation: Mark Davies, Amael Isnard, Wayne Kresil Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston, Adrian Lawrence Director of Photography: Matthew Day 1st AD: Rob Thorpe Live action art director: James Hatt Camera assistant: Leonard Wilkinson Make up: Katy Limmer Stylist: Laura Smith Cavepeople: Matthew Rooke, Caroline Salisbury, Brenda Costa Hand models: Ashley Khoo, Jessica Shaikh Post production: Time Based Arts Editor: Paul Hardcastle Voice over: Ezra Knight Music: ’switched On‘ by Islands

  • Project 4 of 5


    Graduation film from the Royal College of Art, 2007. An investigative and exploratory hands-on gloves-off study into the practice of putting things 'off''. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first.


    Story, Animation, Direction: Johnny Kelly Voice Over: Bryan Quinn Sound Supervision: Mike Wyeld –Foley Artist: Sue Harding –Foley Engineer: John Mark Foley recorded at Fonic Studios, London

  • Project 5 of 5

    YouTube “Play”

    A short stop motion trailer from 2010, commissioned by YouTube to publicise an exhibition organised in partnership with the Guggenheim Museum, New York.


    Director: Johnny Kelly Production company: Nexus Executive producers: Julia Parfitt Producer: Liz Chan & Beccy McCray Creative development: Beccy McCray Director of photography: Matthew Day Filmed at Clapham Road Studios Production designer: Graham Staughton Stop motion animator: Matthew Cooper Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston 3d previs: Michael Greenwood, Matt Clark, Christian Johnson Client: Across The Pond Productions | Creative Lab EMEA — Google Executive producer: Rachna Suri Music: Music by Niwouinwouin Courtesy of Ego Twister Records Sound design: Barnaby Templer at Fonic

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