Director, Nexus Studios

Multi-award winning director Johnny Kelly is known for adding a sprinkling of magic to everything he touches. A master of his craft, Johnny’s portfolio of work encompasses multiple disciplines and techniques including stop-frame, live-action, 2D, 3D, graphic design and illustration. 

He has worked with leading brands including Apple, Coca Cola, Nike, Facebook and Dropbox. His two-minute film for Chipotle, ‘Back to the Start’, featuring a cast of a hundred hand-painted pigs, won two Cannes Grand Prix Lion awards. He has trophies of all shapes and sizes from D&AD pencils, to Clios and British Arrows amongst many others.

Most recently, Kelly directed a beautiful quartet of puppeteered singalong films, Right on Tracks, for Cheerios aiming to educate young people through messages of empathy and compassion. Johnny also directed the Rhode Island Festival winner Fern, a collaboration with Channel 4, and a stunning 2D animated short celebrating the landmark of 2 billion Facebook users.

Often aped but never bettered, one always knows when Johnny has been responsible for working his magic.

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