McCune–Reischauer Chong Kun-sik
Name Peter Chung
Known for AEon Flux
|Full Name Peter Kunshik Chung|
Born April 19, 1961 (age 54) (1961-04-19) Seoul, South Korea
Education California Institute of the Arts
Books Aeon Flux: The Herodotus File
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
Movies and TV shows AEon Flux, The Animatrix, The Chronicles of Riddick, Firebreather, The Rugrats Movie
Similar People Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Takeshi Koike, Andrew R Jones
Revised Romanization Jeong Geonsik
Calarts alumni peter chung the creater of aeon flux
Peter Kunshik Chung (born April 19, 1961 in Seoul, South Korea) is a Korean American animator. He is best known for his unique style of animation, as the creator and director of Æon Flux, which ran as shorts on MTV's Liquid Television before launching as its own half-hour television series.
- Calarts alumni peter chung the creater of aeon flux
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- Early life and career
- Directing credits
- Animation style and influences
- Personal life
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Early life and career
Peter Chung was born on April 19, 1961. Since his father was in the foreign service of the Republic of Korea, he has lived in Seoul, London, Nairobi, Washington, D.C., New York and Tunis. His parents then immigrated to the United States; he lived in McLean, Virginia. Chung studied animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) from 1979 to 1981, one year at the Character Animation program, and another year in the program in Experimental Animation.
Chung started his animation career at a small animation studio in Maryland at age 18, working for animator and illustrator Salvador Bru. From there at age 19 he was designing characters for Hanna-Barbera. About this time he also started working on the layout and animation on Ralph Bakshi's Fire and Ice before being hired by Disney for feature development.
In addition to Æon Flux (3 seasons: 1991, 1992, 1995), Chung's directing credits include the Matriculated segment from The Animatrix, and The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury. Chung served as lead character designer for the animated series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), C.O.P.S. (1988) Phantom 2040 (1994–1996) and Reign: The Conqueror (1999). The designs feature lean angular characters inspired by the art of Egon Schiele, a look which has become Chung's trademark character design. He also, along with Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo, co-designed the characters in the Nickelodeon series Rugrats, as well as directed the pilot for this series, "Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing" and the opening sequence. In addition, in 2007 he directed the opening three-part episode for GameTaps' ReVisioned: Tomb Raider, entitled "Keys to the Kingdom".
As of 2009, among other unannounced projects, he was working on a full-length animated feature entitled Luvula. He is also director of the television adaption of Firebreather for Cartoon Network. Mr. Chung has also expressed interest in creating a new direct-to-video animated feature of Æon Flux.
Animation style and influences
Chung names German expressionism, European comics, and Japanese animation as his influence, in particular the illustrative quality of the art that depends on expressive drawings instead of lots of surface details. He names in his influences expressionist Egon Schiele and comic artist Moebius. As narrative influence he names Kazuo Umezu, Sanpei Shirato, Osamu Tezuka, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Schuiten and Peeters, Silvio Cadelo, Tatsuya Egawa, Geof Darrow and Frank Miller. He also names as influences, in no special order: David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alain Resnais, Jean Cocteau, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Seijun Suzuki, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Yoshinori Kanada, Horst Janssen, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Chung's animation, particularly Æon Flux and Matriculated, tends toward the artistically and thematically experimental.
In the animation field, he admires Yoshinori Kanada, Koji Morimoto, and Igor Kovalyov.
Ralph Bakshi, one of the first to hire Chung, has stated that one of Chung's favorite artists is Toulouse-Lautrec.
Chung has also been a participant in online forums, where users have asked him about his work and creative process. Two of the more prominent forums are ILX and Monican Spies.
Chung currently teaches a Master Class at the Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts since Spring 2013.