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Peter Murphey

Assistant Professor
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

585-475-2743
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Peter Murphey

Assistant Professor
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

Currently Teaching

SOFA-406
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 to pass this course.
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-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-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 is intended to introduce the student 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.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
Students work independently according to their approved timeline on their thesis project. They must meet on a regular basis with their committee chair and at least twice with their full committee during the semester. This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Once the thesis committee determines that the candidate has completed 50 percent or more of the project the student should register for SOFA-890-Research and Thesis.
SOFA-627
3 Credits
Students collect and produce short film ideas and learn to express them in a variety of methods. Short film scripts will be written in a workshop setting and shared with class in critiques. Students will learn how to create digital soundtracks and read digital sound. Students will make animation bar sheets for sound/image relationships and timings and exposure sheet design. Students will also work with storyboards scanned into the computer and manipulated in time with sound to create an animatic as another tool for initializing animation production.
SOFA-203
3 Credits
This course focuses specifically on the sequential stages of hand-drawn animation. Students explore every stage of production of a short animated scene, including dialogue, from ideation to clean up. Each week will build on the previous week's progress. The final result will be a complete penciled scene.
SOFA-225
3 Credits
This course will give animators and other students an opportunity to explore a visual language of acting and posing that will help their storytelling abilities. Acting, timing and pacing are critical elements to any successful character animated film. Identifying and building a library of expressions, poses, and movement for emotional and visual expression is the goal for each student. Students will study reference material from successful silent and animated films. They will also create their own reference material through acting and filming themselves and other students. The visual references will be scrutinized on a frame-by-frame basis for a deeper understanding of this visual language. The class will include demonstrations and exercises for the students.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
Students work independently according to their approved timeline on their thesis project. They must meet on a regular basis with their committee chair and at least twice with their full committee during the semester. This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Once the thesis committee determines that the candidate has completed 50 percent or more of the project in Research and Thesis I the student should register for this course. Students must also write a Thesis Paper that summarizes in detail their thesis experience.
SOFA-518
3 Credits
This course will be geared toward the small animation business owner and individual freelance animator. We will discuss the setting up of a small business and all of its operations. There will be reference to bigger business entities and many of the same principles will apply to both types of businesses. The elements of discussion will teach students how to go about approaching animation work in the industry from a small business point of view and from an individual approach. There will be many references and sources pointed out in the classes including State, Federal and private websites full of information on the workplace. The class will discuss the creation of sample reels, websites, self-promotion, research and interview techniques all related to the individual animation. Discussions of ethics and individual responsibilities will be covered.
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-618
3 Credits
This course will be geared toward the small animation business owner and individual freelance animator. We will discuss the setting up of a small business and all of its operations. There will be reference to bigger business entities and many of the same principles will apply to both types of businesses. The elements of discussion will teach students how to go about approaching animation work in the industry from a small business point of view and from an individual approach. There will be many references and sources pointed out in class, including State, Federal and private websites full of information on the workplace. The class will discuss the creation of sample reels, websites, self-promotion, research and interview techniques all related to the individual animator. 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 is 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-306
1 Credits
A required course for third-year SOFA students and the prerequisite for SOFA-401 Senior Thesis I. Students discuss and generate a written plan for their senior film or animation thesis projects, select an adviser from among the SOFA faculty, and present a proposal for approval to a faculty committee.

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Murphey, Peter. \"Seen Again\" Animated Film. n.d. Film Festivals Various Cities, New York, Chico, Toronto, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Athens (Greece). Exhibit.