David Perry, B.S.
Adjunct Lecturer, Media Arts and Science
- B.S. Media Arts and Science, IUPUI (2016)
David Perry’s creative world is nested in storytelling and character development. While teaching students 2D animation, his lectures are couched in:
- The structures of Joseph Campbell’s iconic monomyth, “The Hero’s Journey”
- The study of narrative archetypes
- The introduction to Jungian archetypes and psychology
These offer methods for understanding who characters really are at their depths, and how this understanding forms the foundation of crafting and animating a character with genuine life.
In addition to these more abstract concepts, Perry guides students through practical industry knowledge, including:
- Various specializations throughout the field of animation (not just the animators)
- The 12 principles of animation
- The 2D animation pipeline
- How to build a specialized portfolio
- How to find jobs
- How to make a personal creative property sellable through pitch bibles
- Opportunities for engaging in the community of animation in Los Angeles to build a reputation.
Beyond the classroom Perry works with industry professionals at studios in Los Angeles, such as Disney, Netflix, and Nickelodeon, as a series concept developer, visual development artist, character designer, and screenwriter. His focus is in pitch material design and development.
- Series concept development and pitch material design and development
- Illustration, character design, environment design, and prop design
- Storytelling, narrative structure, screenwriting, and character development
- Behavioral psychology and neurology
- Existential philosophy and metaphysics
- Overall, exploring the human condition and creating meaning through animated storytelling