Jon Peters is founder of Athena Studios, which focuses on stop-motion animation and visual effects. His work as a designer and producer on corporate and commercial productions has won numerous awards for his studio and has been written about in Fortune, Forbes, Adweek, Print and various other publications over the years.
Jon started his career as an industrial designer and professional model-maker and went on to start several award-winning companies in design and technology. He first became interested in stop-motion animation when he saw Ray Harryhausen's work on The 7th Voyage of Sinbad as a child. It took 45 years for Jon to fully realize his dream to form a stop-motion studio, but as Jon says "the best things in life are worth waiting for."
Mr. Peters is the Producer of the stop-motion animated feature film Auntie Claus (currently in development). He was an elected Board Member of the Northern California Chapter of the Visual Effects Society.
Jon lives in Piedmont, CA with his wife and three children. His studio is located in Emeryville, CA in 'Hollywood North,' just down the street from Pixar and Tippett Studios.
Mermaids on Mars
Film (short) by Jon V. Peters (Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy and 1 More) Producer, Director, Writer Follow a young boy Julian on his adventure through outer space where he meets wondrous Mermaids of Mars. Julian's Father Gilbert, once a famous scientist, is now the brunt of ridicule for insisting he has previously met the mermaids and that they were in dire need of Earth's help. Julian, who has never once doubted his father finds himself one fateful night sucked through a magical ocean portal where he meets the super powerful mermaids. The mermaids explain to Julian that the last of their water and their very livelihood is being threatened by the evil Martian. Will Julian be able to save the mermaids and their precious water? Or will the Martians evil plan prevail? Find out in this beautifully rendered stop motion film.
Film (short) by Roger Christian (Adventure, Fantasy and Mystery) Visual effects A popular Lucas-approved short that was in some markets aired in theaters as a companion piece to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Sir Maddox, a knight returning from the Crusades, finds his village and keep destroyed by unknown attackers. Most of the inhabitants are dead, including his family, and the few that did survive have become infected with a disease, possibly the plague. Having left nothing to live for, Sir Maddox decides to track the attackers down and avenge his family and village. In the nearby forest, he stops by a lake, but accidentally falls into it and almost drowns due to the weight of his armor. However, a mysterious beautiful maiden in white appears to him and he is somehow saved. Thankful beyond words, he asks who she is and learns that she's a prisoner of Black Angel, a mysterious eerie knight in black armor. Sir Maddox immediately vows to free her, but she, saddened, implores him to stay away from the evil knight. His word being his bond, Sir Maddox ...