Words from the chair

Meet the…

John McIntosh,
Chair of Computer Art

"I have always felt fortunate to be surrounded by smart, talented artists - much smarter and more talented then I could ever imagine or deserve."

John received an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art at Yale University and is a widely exhibited photographer and experienced educator. Previous to SVA, John was the Associate Director of the Kodak Center for Creative Imaging; the Director of Technology Programs and the Associate Director of Education at the American Film Institute; and, the Director of Training and Artist Development at Digital Domain.

John McIntosh has served as a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Media Habitat Advisory Committee of the Canadian Film Centre. From 1997 to 1998, he authored the feature article Key Frame for MacWEEK magazine. John was a contributing editor to RES magazine, where his feature article POV appeared from 1999-2001. John was appointed the Chair of the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2002 and as a member of the advisory boards of FMX 2011 and PROMAX BDA, as well as a jury member for SIGGRAPH ASIA 2012.

Chair's Suggestions

Image Credit: Shendy Wu


We recommend the following books to learn more on Computer Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics:
  • Animators Survival Kit, Richard Williams

  • CINEFEX Magazine

  • Cinematic Motion, Steve Katz

  • Experimental Typography, Rob Carter

  • The Illusion of Life, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas

  • Shot by Shot, Steve Katz

  • Timing for Animation, Harold Whitaker and John Halas

General Reading:
  • The New York Times

  • The Onion

  • The Village Voice

  • The Wall Street Journal

  • The Brooklyn Rail

Must see animated movies and classic films
  • The Birds and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock

  • Citizen Kane, Orson Welles

  • Day for Night, Truffaut

  • Elephant Man, David Lynch

  • Hable Con Ella, Almodóvar

  • Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi, Reggio

  • Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese

  • Stealing Beauty, Bertolini

  • Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki

  • Visions of Light (Anthology of Cinematographers), American Film Institute

  • Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park

  • The Iron Giant, Brad Bird

  • Any Pixar Animated Film

Where To See Classic Films:
  • Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston Street, (212) 995-2000

  • Cinema Classics, 332 East 11th Street, (212) 971-1015

  • Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, (212) 727-8110

What to do while in New York City:
  • Walk through Central Park on Sunday

  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

  • Take the Subway to Coney Island

  • Go to a Broadway play

  • Go to an Off Broadway play

  • Visit museums, such as The Frick Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, American Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Television and Radio, International Center of Photography

  • Check out the art galleries around Chelsea, SoHo, the Lower East Side, and Williamsburg

  • Attend local software user group meetings

  • Attend Shakespeare in The Park (Central Park)

  • The Operas and Philharmonic in Central Park

  • Midsummer Swing at Lincoln Center

  • Take notice of the architecture in NYC, from Washington Heights to the Woolworth Building downtown

  • Spend an hour watching a film crew on location