Dr Johnny Issapour originally trained as a 2D animator within the advertising, film and television industry. He worked for few years in the field of animation as an in-betweener, assistant animator, character designer and storyboard developer.
He eventually moved to the animatronics field and worked as an animatronics designer/mechanical and digital signal controller, movement designer and prosthetics model-maker in the context of film and television. While studying for his PhD in animatronics at London South Bank University he was invited to teach on the BSc (Hons) Special Effects course.
He joined the University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University) in April 2005 and taught on the BSc (Hons) Media Technology, BA (Hons) Digital Animation, BA (Hons) Digital Media Production and MA Computer Art, and in 2006 he developed BA (Hons) Special Effects.
Dr Issapour moved to Solent University in July 2009 and joined the animation team. In April 2010 he developed a new BA (Hons)/MA special effects degree with pathways in animatronics and visual effects. This course was formally validated in November 2010.
In September 2012, he developed the special effects research cluster bringing together practice-theory based researchers from a range of areas such as animation, animatronics, computer video games, prosthetics and make-up effects, and visual effects. The cluster focuses on special effects and visual effects applications within film and television and live event production practices.
He currently supervises PhD students in the area of animation, animatronics and VFX, as well as acting as an external examiner at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Issapour regularly takes part in course accreditation and internal revalidation panels, as well as external course development advisor.