Curriculum Vitae

Jonah Primiano (b.1993)
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Bio
Jonah Primiano is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and educator. Through his research into the rotoscope technique, he has created short films, and seamless loops, taught classes, and led public discussions. His films have been screened at festivals throughout the United States and abroad, and he was previously the editor of the animation magazine Mostly Moving. He is an adjunct faculty in the animation departments at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and was previously a Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow at the California Institue of the Arts. In 2021 he earned an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts.

Education 
2021 - MFA Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2015 - BFA Animation, Savannah College of Art and Design, Magna Cum Laude, Savannah GA


Teaching Experience 
Fall 2022 - Adjunct Faculty, Intro to Animation, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Remote
Spring 2022 - Adjunct Faculty, Intro to Animation, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Remote
Spring 2022 - Adjunct Faculty, Professional Practices 1, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Remote
Spring 2022 - Lead Instructor of Animation, Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, Los Angeles, CA
Fall 2021 - Post Graduate Teaching Fellow, Traces of the Image Class, CalArts, Valencia CA
Fall 2021 - Adjunct Faculty, 2D Animation Studio, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Remote
Fall 2021 - Lead Instructor of Animation, Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, Los Angeles, CA
2021 - Lead Instructor of Graphic Design, Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, Los Angeles, CA
2019-21 - Animation Instructor, Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, Los Angeles CA
2018-21 - Teachers Assistant at CalArts, Various Experimental Animation Classes, Valencia CA
2019 - Animation Instructor, Community Arts Partnership Summer Session, Los Angeles CA


Artist Talks / Presentations

2022 - "The Rotoscopic Gaze - Composite Vision and the Moving Image", Society for Animation Studies Conference,      Teesside University, Middlesbrough, England
2021 - "The Image Gazes Back, Rotoscope & Demystification", After Hours Animation Community
2021 - "Observing the Image, the Rotoscopic Way of Seeing", The New School, New York, NY


Work Experience
2021 - Film/Video Department Technical Staff, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2020-21 - Motion Graphics Animator, The Gravel Institute
2019-21 - Editor & Publisher, Mostly Moving Magazine, Los Angeles CA
2019-20 - Coordinator, Experimental Animation Visiting Artist Series, Valencia, CA
2017-18 - Motion Graphics Animator & Graphic Designer, Fetch Rewards, Madison WI


Volunteer Experience
2020-21 - Project Coordinator, Action Graphics Network, Los Angeles, CA
2020 - Motion Graphics Animator, Nithya Raman City Council Campaign


Screenings  
2020
Driftless - London International Animation Festival | London, UK
Driftless - Tacoma Film Festival | Tacoma, WA
Driftless - Slamdance Film Festival | Park City UT
2019
Driftless - Student Experimenttal Film Festival | Binghamton NY
Driftless - Malt Adult #15 | Columbus, OH
Driftless - San Diego Underground Film Festival | San Diego CA
Driftless - REDCAT CalArts Experimental Animation Showcase | Los Angeles CA
2018
jimmies -  Hellavision Tellavision Episode 5
2016
Idle - Melbourne International Animation Festival | Melbourne, Australia
Idle - New Zealand International Film Festival | New Zealand
Idle - Ransater Film Festival | Ransater, Sweden


Awards & Honors  
2021 - Awarded Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2020-21 - Board Approved Endowment Scholarship, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2020 - Appointed Student Liason for CalArts COVID Response
2020 - "Mostly Moving" Presentation accepted, Society for Animation Studies Conference
2018-20 - Lillian Disney Scholarship, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2015 - Deans Award in Animation, SCAD, Savannah GA
2015 - Graduated Magna Cum Laude, SCAD, Savannah, GA


Films
Myth Today (Forthcoming), 2021, 5m
Sunset Blvd Drawings, 2020, 4m
Driftless, 2019, 6m
Jimmies, 2018, 1m
Idle, 2015, 4.5m


Software & Technique Specialty
2D Animation          Dragon Frame         
Rotoscope.                ToonBoom Harmony
After Effects             Premiere Pro
Adobe Animate        ProTools
Photoshop                Cinema 4D (experience)


Press 
Directors Notes
Animation Magazine
Cartoon Brew
Voyage LA
Directors Notes (2018)
Directors Notes (2015)