CJ Armstrong




CJ Armstrong, professionally known as Casper James, am honoured to serve as a dedicated educator and practitioner in the field of animation at Yoobee College of Creative Innovation in Auckland, New Zealand. My educational background includes a dual degree, in Japanese Studies, and English and New Media, from Auckland University of Technology, earned in 2015, along with two diplomas in Animation from Yoobee Colleges and two teaching certificates.

In my role as a teacher, animator, illustrator, and character modeler, I am deeply passionate about the diverse and dynamic world of animation. My focus lies in fostering creative and impactful storytelling experiences that resonate across various cultures and backgrounds. Additionally, I am committed to supporting emerging talent both inside and outside the classroom through student success, whether through guiding students into the animation industry or co-running a comic club initiative aimed at nurturing creativity and self-expression among students.

I am humbled by the opportunities to contribute to the arts community, including organizing and curating school exhibitions and presenting research at international conferences. These experiences further fuel my dedication to advancing the field of animation through collaborative inquiry and innovation.

In essence, I strive to embody a blend of artistic excellence, pedagogical dedication, and scholarly curiosity within the animation community. It is my sincere hope that my contributions will inspire and support future generations of animators and storytellers.

BA: Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2015

BA: Bachelor of Arts in English and New Media, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2015

Diploma in Animation (Level 6), Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Auckland, New Zealand, 2021

Diploma in Animation (Level 5), Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Auckland, New Zealand, 2020

Certificate of Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) (Level 5), Unitec, New Zealand, 2012

Certificate of Language Teaching (Level 5), Unitec, New Zealand, 2012

Animation (2D & 3D), Film, Storytelling techniques (Visual and written), LGBTQIA+ representation, Pedagogy, Language & Culture




Research Outputs


Armstrong, CJ (2024, June 30-July 4). When you wish upon a star, Disney you need to change the formula! An analysis of contemporary Disney and Pixar animation [Conference paper presentation]. SAS2024 Animating Change: The 35th Annual Society for Animation Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.



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