"Simorgh" is a 4 minutes and 30 second 3D animated graduate thesis film which is a personal interpretation of a traditional Persian poem "The Conference of the Birds" by "Farid ud-Din Attar" from 12th century.

This animation is a choreographic piece that incorporates Persian music, calligraphic art and ornament designs to tell the traditional Persian story of life that deals with the fragility of self worth.

The story centers around a few birds of different breeds, each representative of a particular human characteristic; ego, greed, avarice, etc. The birds are seemingly satisfied with their perceptions of self, but on a chance journey they each embark upon, they find they are stronger as a community and are strengthened by allowing others to complete their true `selves'.

The film is purposely dialogue-free, and has the intention to entertain its audience not only by providing with appealing visuals, but also by triggering audience feelings by presenting a mix ballet of music, art, film, Sufism, Persian Culture, the traditional story, subtlety and elevated spirit.

This paper describes the processes employed in producing of the film. Aesthetic and technical obstacles and challenges in each stage of production are introduced and the creative solutions and inventions for each challenge are described as well.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Persian poetry--Drama

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Brian Larson

Advisor/Committee Member

David Halbstein

Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Reisch


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TR897.7 .A734 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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