Director, DOP, Editor. Comedy performance, visual narrative, VFX, post production.
Jay Topping is one of Australia’s brightest young Director/DOPs. An agile storyteller and cinematographer known for thinking fast on his feet, Jay creates beautiful imagery via his love affair with the lens and his deep understanding of visual effects.
Jay will go to any length to get the shot, from spending days in steaming hot underground mines to fighting off giant mosquitoes in Papua New Guinea, being suspended out of planes to porpoising off the front of speed boats.
Jay first picked up a camera at age 14 and quickly realised this was the career for him. He went on to graduate from Griffith Film School in Brisbane before being snapped up by Cutting Edge where he worked as an offline editor. He quickly moved into shooting, working closely with the Heads of VFX shooting and directing TVC’s locally and overseas. The experience gained from filming live action and VFX TVC’s allowed Topping to become hugely versatile in his shooting and directing style, instinctively knowing the best way to achieve the shot.
Eventually relocating to Sydney because they have better Ramen noodles, Jay began working at one of Australia’s top creative agencies The Monkeys as their in-house Director/DOP, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with some of the biggest names on the Sydney creative scene.
With multiple ACS awards already under his belt, Jay is a very versatile and savvy young director. He has a wicked sense of humour and a self assured calmness that can be strangely unnerving (but not in a serial killer kind of way).