John is the Programming Chair on the FAVA Board of Directors.
Animation, After Effects
John began experimenting with abstract images and film in the late sixties and later worked for two years as the principle operator at a computer animation studio in London, England. The studio’s novel hybrid analogue computer was used to make some of the first computer animated television commercials in the UK.
In 1975, John returned to Canada and began a 30-year career with a large multinational company working on Ontario, Alberta and Michigan in areas of information technology and environmental research, but continued his interest in the visual arts. In early 2000, he returned to the computer as a creative tool and began experimenting with mathematical algorithms to generate patterns and abstract images. He began to animate these images to music, initially composed by him, but more recently prefers to work in collaboration with professional musicians. John has also extended his interest to more narrative and less abstract themes. John uses a variety of tools including “After Effects”, a commercial 2-D software package for motion graphics, animation and special effects. In general, John is interested in the relationship between sounds and images and exploring those through computer and video techniques. Over the last few years he has had films shown at festivals in North America and Europe.