John Perez

Adjunct Faculty

Class of 2008 BFA Animation

John Joseph Perez was captivated by storytelling from an early age. That drove him to pursue a career in the arts. He attended the Don Bosco Technical Institute, majoring in design. In 2004 Perez enrolled at the Laguna College of Art and Design majoring in Animation. While at LCAD, Perez was mentored by many brilliant instructors. They instilled in him the emphasis to put character and story above all else in his creations. After graduating in 2008, Perez decided to focus on Storyboard Art as a full-time profession.

During a six-year career working in the production of animation and video games Perez collaborated on projects with such organizations as D.A.R.E. and Lucky Kat World - companies committed to serving young people with anti-drug and anti-bullying endeavors. With a focus on storyboard art, Perez worked for various licensed properties, including South Park: The Stick of Truth, which was developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Perez attributes the skills he learned during his time at Laguna for his success while working professionally. He learned the value of an expedient work ethic invaluable skill of being able to improve based on peer feedback. While illustrating the scripts on projects such as this, Perez began exploring screenplay construction. That sparked new interests and a concentrated focus on screenwriting. He began to devote his energies to original writing projects. Along with illustrator Marco Maccagni and fellow LCAD alumni Bobby Hernandez, Perez created a comic book series "Archon", published by Action Lab Entertainment.

In 2015 he was admitted to the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the Writing for Screen and Television MFA program. In both in his writing in comics and for Screen Perez utilizes the foundation instilled upon him by his Fine Arts education. His eclectic career through animation, video games and writing has given Perez a unique perspective on the arts. He hopes to continue to share his distinct creative and cultural perspective throughout his artistic endeavors.