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Peter Murphey

Senior Lecturer

School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-2743
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Peter Murphey

Senior Lecturer

School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Massachusetts College of Art; MFA, The Art Institute of Boston

585-475-2743

Areas of Expertise

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Murphey, Peter. Since. Now. After. 1 Oct. 2020. Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE, rochester. Exhibit.
Murphey, Peter. \"Seen Again\" Animated Film. n.d. Film Festivals Various Cities, New York, Chico, Toronto, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Athens (Greece). Exhibit.

Currently Teaching

SOFA-107
3 Credits
This course will introduce the concepts and mechanics of movement for animation, focusing on, but not limited to, character based movement. Animation principles will be introduced and applied using hand-drawn methods, which will serve as the foundation for their application in any desired medium. Weekly exercises will be recorded using standard animation software, and will be reviewed, discussed and open to group critique.
SOFA-121
3 Credits
This class will introduce students to the gamut of animation thinking and making through classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience. Lecture and readings will emphasize the process, theory and practice of animated filmmaking with extensive film screenings to illustrate each technique and related aesthetics. Hands-on supervised studio sessions will guide students to an intuitive understanding of the process of producing animation and students will use this understanding to analyze various animated works. Each student will develop their personal vision through assigned projects utilizing the material discussed in class. **This course has a facilities fee for Non-SOFA students.**
SOFA-203
3 Credits
This course focuses specifically on the sequential stages of hand-drawn digital animation. Students will explore every stage of production of a short animated scene, including dialogue, from ideation to clean up. Each week builds on the previous week’s progress. The final result is a complete rough-animated scene.
SOFA-225
3 Credits
This course will give students an opportunity to explore the visual language of acting that will strengthen their storytelling abilities. The difference between live action and animated performances will be discussed. Students will build a library of expressions, poses, and movements for emotional and visual expression. Students will study performance principles applied in silent and animated films. Students will also create their own reference material for use in future film projects.
SOFA-327
3 Credits
This course will focus on making quick and short animated films as a way of exploring multiple concepts and artistic approaches. Students will produce 6 to 7 films per semester, using a variety of mediums. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to convey ideas and experiences in simple and creative ways and giving many inspirations -rather than just one- cinematic form over the course of the term. Students are encouraged to improve their craft while taking risks and breaking “rules.” Work will be produced outside the classroom and supported by weekly critiques, screenings and readings.
SOFA-407
4 Credits
Students work independently with their advisor towards completion of their capstone experience for their BFA degree. Students have a predetermined timeline and must complete all deadlines of that timeline to pass this thesis course including completion and public screening of finished work or final presentation of craft experience.
SOFA-412
4 Credits
This course will lead students toward the completion of their capstone. Students will take part in weekly critiques to present their work and discuss the work of their classmates. At the completion of this course, students will complete their capstone and take part in a public screening of their finished work.
SOFA-518
3 Credits
This course will focus on the role of the small animation business owner, the studio employee, and the individual freelance animator in developing a small business. The elements of discussion will teach students how to approach animation work in the industry from a small business perspective. This course will discuss the creation of sample reels, websites, self-promotion, contracts, pitching, fund-raising, research and interview techniques all related to the individual in animation. Ethics and individual responsibilities will also be discussed. Professionals working in the animation industry will often be guests for the class.
SOFA-599
1 - 6 Credits
SOFA Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-604
3 Credits
This course will build on information gained from foundation animation courses. Multi-week assignments will allow students to fully grasp the production process involved in hand-drawn animation and develop an understanding of different parameters commonly found in animated films, including but not limited to character interaction, emotion and animal movement. Students will have the opportunity to explore various approaches to timing, movement, acting and characterization. Character design and solid drawing skills are highly recommended.
SOFA-618
3 Credits
This class will be geared toward the small animation business owner, the studio employee, and the individual freelance animator. The course will discuss the setting up of a small business and all of its operations. The elements of discussion will teach students how to approach animation work in the industry from a small business perspective and from an individual approach. The class will discuss the creation of sample reels, websites, self-promotion, contracts, negotiation, pitching, fund-raising, research and interview techniques all related to the individual animator. Crowdfunding and grant writing will be discussed. There will be guest interviews from animation professionals. Discussions of ethics and individual responsibilities will be covered.
SOFA-622
3 Credits
An introduction into the world of producing television commercials or other 30 second films. Major emphasis will be placed on learning to generate and intensify a personal statement through creative projects. Work is critiqued weekly by the instructor and class. Students execute the production of a completed 30 second film.
SOFA-627
3 Credits
Using pre-production steps, students will produce short film ideas. The course will cover concept creation, treatments, scripts, storyboards, design, budgets and experimental film structures. Students will make weekly presentations and work will be critiqued.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
SOFA-799
1 - 4 Credits
Film and Animation Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined deliverables. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. Student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.

In the News

  • July 18, 2019

    two people holding book called Ink and Paint.

    Podcast: Women in Animation 

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 19: The important role that scores of female artists played in the origins of animated imagery at Disney has long been overlooked – until now. Mindy Johnson, author and awardwinning playwright, talks with RIT assistant professor, animator and cartoonist Peter Murphey about what up-and-coming artists can learn from the invisible history of these trailblazing women.