INTERVIEWS - Jonathan Ng interviewed by Dan Sarto

Jonathan Ng is a Toronto-born animation filmmaker based in Montreal. His film Requiem for Romance is currently short listed for an Oscar. Requiem for Romance has also been selected to featured in Ron Diamond's 15th Animation Show of Shows. Dan Sarto has also just posted an interview with Jonathan Ng on Animation World Network site. I've included a little taste of the interview below. Click here to read the full interview on

Dan Sarto: Why make this film now as opposed to any other stories you were developing or considering? 
Jonathan Ng: I saw it as an opportunity. Artistically, it was a chance to expand and change from visual styles of my previous films and a chance to explore a different storytelling structure by way of contrasting parallels between the audio and visuals. The water ink under camera technique was something I was innovating and I really wanted to try it out and have fun with it. 
Jonathan Ng talking on an animation panel at TAAFI 2013 
(Photo Credit: Grayden Laing / Canadian Animation)
I hadn't ever explicitly explored East Asian aesthetics in my work before. The feedback from funding organizations on my script was very positive and I eventually received the funding to do it. Everything just came together, with the visual inspirations to work with, the story meaning something to me on a personal level, and having the resources to do it properly. So why not? As a creator, you're always going to have 2 - 3 or maybe more ideas in development, but life will let you know when it's the right time to realize a particular project.
Still from Requiem for Romance