Johnny Kelly: Procrastination

“Procrastination is playing imaginary computer games with your furniture.” Quite possibly my favorite line/visual so far in 2008.

I cannot say enough good things about this brilliant and ceaselessly surprising short from Johnny Kelly (Nexus Productions). It’s a marathon of visual permutations that never gets tiring, even after repeat viewings.

Johnny created “Procrastination” for his MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. It also won the Jerwood Moving Image Award.

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



guilty on all counts including the very activity I’m engaged in.

What an amazing piece.


Gorgeous. Getting off the internets now.


great all around, loved the self-referential quality, and the ending was just brilliant. “Procrastination is… not knowing how to finish something.” i’d say he found the perfect way.


Go wan the Irish! Yeeehoo!


wow. This is so goods, words fail to describe it.
I’m almost crying here.


Way to go Johnny, I knew it was only a matter of time before it got around!!! His previous animated short “Shelly” is also pretty sweet (and it was a finalist in the Animation category at the 2007 ADAA).



Hi. This is an amazing piece in any case. But I think I saw something a little like this by Lev Yilmaz in youtube.

Tho the concepts looks quite the same to me (voice over, theme, etc…) , the motion work by Johnny is farther superior.



This piece is visually exciting at moments. Unfortunately it combines a well-worn subject matter with melodrama. I’m sure no one will agree with me on this one, but it’s heavy-handed tone makes it feel cheesy to me.


Just for the record: the last commenter (“motionographer”) is not Motionographer. Probably pretty obvious, but I just wanted to make sure. K, thanks. :-)


Whoops, I didn’t realize there might be confusion. I will stop commenting using this handle.


“Procrastination is petting something”…rriiiggght. Well I guess you could call it that.

Paul Ducco

Motionographer is procrastination.

Great piece.


Hmph! pairing your socks is good useful fruitful labour! i disagree.


(Tear) “Procrastination is drinking a cup of tea”. “Procrastination is planning a fire exit.” I’m guilty for most of it… Truly an amazing piece.

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