School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile

Directory Profile

John Mahoney, B.F.A.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts

John graduated from Pratt Institute in NYC with a B.F.A in Illustration. He left New York to do a Disney animation internship in Orlando, Florida. Several months later he returned to New York to work on a series of television commercials. 

A few years later he moved to Los Angeles to work for Disney feature Animation as a Visual Development Artist on such films as Atlantis, Treasure Planet and Emperor's New Groove. His short film created for a pitch to help sell Emperor's New Groove was instrumental in getting that film green lit. 

After working on ten Disney feature films John decided to pursue his passion as an independent film maker. Since then, John has produced over twenty short films and two independent features. He has directed numerous documentaries on such prominent people as Doug Chaing, designer of the new Star Wars films and Tyrus Wong, designer of Bambi. He taught such diverse classes as figure drawing, sculpture, film design, storyboards, stop motion animation, and character design in the United Stated as well as in Singapore and Taiwan. 

John's illustration work has been showcased in Spectrum, the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and in the book Erotic Signature, the World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today. The release of the book will mark the launching of the Exhibition Tour starting in Miami, then New York, LosAngeles, Amsterdam and London. John has had several gallery exhibitions around the Los Angeles area, including a one man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. 

John currently works in Los Angeles as a Concept Designer and Independent Film Maker.