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Johnny Issapour

Dr Johnny Issapour

Course Leader

School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 4440 ext. 4440 Room no. JM226

Biography

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. 

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Current projects

    The principal investigator (Dr Johnny issapour) is currently developing an animatronics turtle model using a variety of control system mechanisms.

    The principal investigator (Dr Johnny issapour) is currently developing an animatronics turtle model using a variety of control system mechanisms such as manual/mechanical, hydraulic and electronic/digital driven actuators and components that explore the recreation of life-like animated movements in animatronics creatures. In addition to the above, 13 sets of national occupational benchmark standards for animatronics design and fabrication have been developed. These are currently with industry colleagues for feedback and approval.

  2. Industry experience

    Johnny has extensive experience of work within animation and animatronics. This section contains more information about Johnny's work history and any advantageous industry links they maintain.
    Dr Issapour 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 within film and TV sector.
  3. Research interests

    An investigation, comparative study and analysis of working practices in animatronics. This research project is supported by the School of Media Arts and Technology and is on-going.

    An investigation, comparative study and analysis of working practices in animatronics. This research project is supported by the School of Media Arts and Technology and is on-going. Subject to further support, the research team members will continue to work in collaboration with industry experts and agencies towards establishing sets of industry/academic quality and skill benchmarks related to animatronics.

  4. Teaching experience

    Dr Issapour has significant experience of teaching at an undergraduate level. To find out more about Dr Issapour's teaching experience, please follow the link below.

    Dr Issapour’s areas of expertise and teaching subjects are as follows:

    • Animation.
    • Animatronics.
    • Animation narrative.
    • Character design for SFX.
    • SFX props and model-making.
    • Skin fabrication.
    • Stop-motion.
    • Screenwriting techniques.
    • Visual effects (VFX).
  5. Work in progress

    Dr Issapour is currently working on the design and development of a digital hydraulic control system, using variable speed compressor directly attached to server motors for realistic animatronics model movements.

    Currently working on the design and development of a digital hydraulic control system, using variable speed compressor directly attached to server motors for realistic animatronics model movements. Also completing final chapter of his book ‘Designing Animatronics’.