JJ Chen is a Taiwanese animation director who was born in France and grew up in Belgium – where he studied animation directing before moving back to Taiwan in late 2007. Since then, he’s been alternating between animations for music videos and commercials, working on concept art, storyboards and post production for Taiwanese animated TV series and feature films, and animation work on independent videogames. He also used to draw a lot of sketches of various people to document his daily life and commutes whenever he had time.
As a director of animated shorts, he’s covered pretty much all the phases of production, and is a well-rounded visual storyteller. As such, he also participated in the past 2 years’ Tainan 39H and Taipei 48H Film Challenges, twice as an actor, and twice as director.
He’s been working for the past 2 years on a Chinese smartphone video game company in Taipei on a game that will hit the Apple Store and Android Market in the next coming months, and is now taking a well-deserved break.
In parallel, since last year, he is thinking more and more about switching to photography, which has always been his other passion, and is now replacing his sketchings on his daily life documenting.