John Summerson is a storyteller, animator, and filmmaker.
He specializes in creative nonfiction in animation, and he happily conflates visual media like stop motion, digital, and hand-drawn 2D animation, video, and sequential art, with inventive reportage practices from creative nonfiction writing, to create a unique friction between fabricated images and fact.
John holds a Master’s Degree in Documentary Animation from the Royal College of Art in London, UK, and earned his BFA in Animated Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He has worked as both a commercial artist and independent director. His films have screened internationally, and he has earned several awards for his work, including the Grand Prize at the LG Art of the Pixel competition, the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educator's Forum Scholarship, and the Princess Grace Undergraduate Film Scholarship. His work has been exhibited in Times Square in New York City, and has screened at film festivals internationally, most recently in Budapest, Madrid, Berlin, and London. He is passionate about education. In addition to having worked as an Assistant Professor of Animated Arts at PNCA, he teaches animation through the NW Film Center at the Portland Art Museum (remotely), and volunteered as an instructor for Stories in Movement, a writing and animation program for incarcerated youth at the Donald E. Long Detention Center in Portland, Oregon.
He currently lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where he is continuing his role as the Director of Animation for the upcoming feature animated documentary 'Pour the Water As I Leave,' and contributing to UK animated comedy series, which premieres in October 2021. He is also an enthusiastic pinball player, a middling outdoorsman, and has a great recipe for fried chicken popcorn.