While completing a Masters Degree in Communications Engineering, Meghdad Asadi discovered a passion for animation. He chose to come to the U.S. from his native country of Iran to pursue an MFA in 3D Computer Animation in the School of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology.
I first met Meghdad when he visited RCTV to speak with our Summer of Opportunity interns about coding and animation. The demo reel that opens the interview demonstrates his amazing skills. But it was his short, Simorgh, that I found most extraordinary because of its uniqueness. As his graduate thesis at RIT, Meghdad selected an epic poem of 4500 lines called The Conference of Birds. The poem was written by Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar in 1177. Allegorical in nature, the birds in the poem represent human nature, with their faults and idiosyncrasies. He cleverly transforms the sweeping lines of names of different birds, written in calligraphy, into the birds themselves, giving each distinctive characteristics. Through this fascinating work, he tells the tale of the mysterious mythological bird, the Simorgh. In creating this piece, he collaborated with the talented Iranian composer/performer Saba Alizadeh, who composed the music for the piece. You’ll see only about 30 seconds of Simorgh in this interview, because it is still making the festival circuit
As you watch his demo reel, you’ll quickly understand why Meghdad has won many awards. His work has been in any numerous film festivals and he was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his works, Beyond the Spheres and Simorgh. There is no doubt he is looking at a bright future in animation.