Mr Arril Johnson

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About me

Following my degree in Fine Art and Theatre I joined the animation industry in 1968, starting with five years in a Montreal based studio followed by over three decades of freelancing in the UK.  Interests in art, theatre, prehistory, sound, cinematic storytelling, and physical comedy have helped me to form an eclectic approach and continue to influence what I create and teach.

I have worked with cut-out animation, model animation, drawn animation and pixillation on projects ranging from Sesame Street and The Wrong Trousers to commercials, corporate training videos, natural history programmes, feature films and television series, as well as contributing animation using various styles and techniques to the BBC Childrens’ programmes featuring Tony Hart over a period of twenty years.

Additional professional activities have included the voice dubbing of animation, acting in various media, pyrotechnics, model making, animatronics, illustration, special effects photography, sound effects, directing, writing, and the creation of museum displays.

My affiliation with what is now the University of the West of England goes back to the mid 1970’s, but I also have taught aspects of animation on Unst in the Shetland Isles, in Birmingham, Bath and Cardiff, and on the MSc in Computer Animation at the University of Bristol.

In 2000 I became responsible for the content and delivery of the UWE Three Month Animation Course and in 2005 joined the European team working on the ‘Leonardo Project: Teaching with Animation’.  This involved contributing texts, illustrations and animation to that project and to the subsequent project, ‘Animated Science’.  For three years, also as a representative of UWE, I supervised the production of student films for the Sharp Shotz community project organised by the charity, IDEAL.

Occasional workshops in performance and storyboarding for animation, illustration and photographic techniques, as well as contributions to short courses in Maya have formed the remainder of my UWE input.  If I have a speciality, it would be to demonstrate the interweaving of the various disciplines that make up film making and animation.

Outside of teaching I have continued to cross-pollinate ideas and techniques, take on various commissions, make short films, and create soundscapes which have been used either in conjunction with my art or as backgrounds for children’s workshops. My exhibited art includes paintings, digital prints, sculptures, collages and photograms.


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