ABOUT

Born 1982 in Shiraz, Iran and currently living in Rochester, NY, award winning director, animator and Student Academy Awards nominee, Meghdad Asadi Lari started his higher education in 2000 by studying Electrical Engineering in Shiraz University and continued to M.Sc. in Communications Engineering.

During his graduate studies, he discovered his passion for graphic design and animation. Familiar with all aspects of aesthetics, his artistic and creative abilities have been recognized by professionals as fast and precise. Not long after completing his technical degrees did he decide to step into the art field as a creative professional.

He started his MFA in 3D Computer Animation in the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology and directed and produced several animations which played at festivals worldwide and gained several national and international awards. 

Meghdad finished his MFA degree in 2014 with faculty award for his thesis film, Simorgh. His film is still travelling around the world.

EDUCATION

MFA - 3D Computer Animation - Rochester Institute of Technology - 2014

M.Sc. - Electrical  and Communications Engineering - Shiraz University - 2008

B.Sc. - Electrical Engineering - Shiraz University - 2005

WORKING EXPERIENCE

July 2018 - Present

Professor of Animation

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah, GA​

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July 2016 - June 2018

Visiting Assistant Professor 

School of Design

Rochester Institute of Technology 

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July 2015 - Present

Lead Animator

Northlight Productions, Rochester, NY

 

January - February 2016

Film Jury

Northwest Animation Festival 

 

2015- 2017

Adjunct Faculty

School of Film and Animation, Rochester Institute of Technology

Animation Production Workshop

 

2013 - 2015

Adjunct Faculty

School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology

Character Design and Rigging, MEL Scripting, Compositing, Senior Thesis

 

July - August 2013

Freelance AfterEffects Artist and Animator

Northlight Productions, Rochester, NY

 

November - December 2013

Freelance Character Rigger

Hornet Inc., New York City

 

August - September 2014

Freelance Motion Graphics Artist and Animator

Northlight Productions, Rochester, NY

 

May - July 2013

Freelance Character Rigger

Hornet Inc., New York City

 

May - August 2012

3D Generalist Intern

Hornet Inc., New York City

 

September - November 2012

Graduate Assistant

Rochester Institute of Technology

 

2001-2010

Freelance Designer and Animator

Shiraz University

SKILLS

PubCoder Certified Expert for Trainer

PubCoder Certified Expert for Producer

Autodesk Maya/ 3ds Max/ Mudbox

Adobe Flash/Aftereffects/ Premiere/ Photoshop/ Illustrator

MEL/ MatLab Programming

mentalray/ V-Ray

Excellent Understanding of Pipeline and File Management

Qube/ Muster

Tool Development 

Character and Prop Modeling/ Texturing/ Rigging

2D and 3D Computer Animation

Motion Graphics/ Particle Effects 

Microsoft Word/ PowerPoint/ Excel

Sony Vegas Movie Studio

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Student Academy Awards (Oscar) Nominee (2013) 

Student Academy Awards (Oscar) Semifinalist (2015)

Member of National Society of Leadership and Success

Achieving the Highest Animation Scholarship Provided by RIT (2010, 2011)

Achieving the John Wiley Jones Scholarship at RIT  

Achieving the Graduate Research and Creativity Scholarship at RIT (2012)

Graduate Representator for the School of Film & Animation at the RIT Research & Creativity Symposium (2014) 

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents School (1993-2000)

 

 

“Simorgh”, Thesis Short Animation, 2014

Personal Work

Walt Disney Family Museum - March 2016 - Presentation and Talk

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (Hamburg Museum for Art and Design) - Islamic Art Exhibition - 2015-2017

International Day of Peace - 2015 - Tehran Peace Museum 

Shiraz University 50th Aniversary

Winner - Director Special Award - Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran 

Winner - Faculty Award - School of Film and Animation, RIT

Winner - Best Animation - Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco

Winner - Award of Excellence - Accolade Awards Competition

Semi Finalist - 42nd Student Academy Awards

Nomination - Golden Gate Award for Best Family Film - San Francisco International Film Festival 

Nomination - Best Art and Experimental Film Nominee - West Chester Film Festival, Pennsylvania

Nomination - Best Animation - Noor Iranian Film Festival, Los Angeles

Semi Finalist - Adobe Design Achievements Awards, USA

 

“Beyond the Spheres”, 2012

Personal Work

Student Academy Award National Finalist, Oscars - LA

Student Academy Award Regional Finalist - New York

Winner - Most Innovative Experimental Film - International "Gold Panda" Awards, China

Winner - Best Stent Film - Raw Science Film Festival, USA

Winner - Quiet Earth Prize - Festival du film Merveilleux & Imaginaire, France

Winner - Best Experimental Film - Living Skies Student Film Festival, Canada 

Nomination - Grand Prize - International "Gold Panda" Awards, China

Semi Finalist - Adobe Design Achievements Awards, USA

 

“Bean Caught”, 2012

CoProducer

Winner - Best Animation Award - 5th Finger Lakes Film Festival, USA 

Finalist - Uni Shorts Film Festival, New Zealand 

Finalist - The Film Skillet, USA 

 

“Resuscitation”, 2011

Personal Work

Winner - 3rd Place - Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, USA

 

“Donation”, 2009

Personal Work

Winner - Best Animation - Iranian Organ Donation Festival, Iran

 

OFFICIAL SCREENINGS AND EXHIBITIONS

CONTACT ME

“Simorgh”, 2014

Semi Finalist - Student academy Awards 2015 - Oscar

Animafest Zagreb - World Festival of Animated Film 

Athens Animfest

Big Muddy Film Festival

Blue Plum Animation Festival

Cannes Short Film Festival

Capital City Film Festival

Carrboro Film Festival

Early Birds international Student Film Festival

Eastern Breeze International Film Festival

Fargo Fantastic Film Festival

Festimation - International Animation & New Media Arts Festival

Golden Kuker- International Animation Film Festival

Hamilton Film Festival

London Iranian Film Festival

Maryland Film Festival  

Mica Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival 

Orlando Film Festival

Persian Film Festival - Sydney 

Savannah Film Festival

Silk Road Film Festival, Ireland 

SouthEastern Film Festival

SPARK Animation Festival

StarLite Film Festival

Sunscreen Film Festival

 

“Beyond the Spheres”, 2012

40th Student Academy Awards, USA

International "Gold Panda" Awards, China

Festival du film Merveilleux & Imaginaire, France

Living Skies Student Film Festival, Canada 

Adobe Design Achievements Awards, USA

Punto y Raya, The Most Experimental Film Festival in the World, Spain

TEDxRochester, USA

Anifest, International Festival of Animated Films, Czech

Croq`Anime Festival Du Film D'Animation De Paris, France

Anima International Animation Festival, Córdoba, Argentina

MashRome Film Fest, Italy

Lima Film Festival, Peru

RIT SoFA Honors Show, USA

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, USA

5th Imagine Science Film Awards, USA

7th International Streaming Festival, USA

 

“Bean Caught”, 2012

5th Finger Lakes Film Festival, USA  

Adobe Design Achievement Award, USA

The Film Skillet, USA

RIT SoFA Honors Show, USA

Living Skies Student Film Festival, Canada 

Dirt Poor Filmmakers Festival, USA

Croq'Anime Festival, France

Crossroads Film Festival, USA

Festival du Film Merveilleux, France

Uni Shorts Film Festival, New Zealand

International Video Art Festival of Casablanca, Morocco

U.G. Artist Festival

Lima Film Festival, Peru

 

“Resuscitation”, 2011

Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, USA

Adobe Design Achievement Award, USA

5th Imagine Science Film Awards, USA

Gallery R Exhibition, USA 

Anifest, International Festival of Animated Films, Czech

Seeflick.com, USA 

7th International Streaming Festival, USA 

 

“Hypertrol”, 2011

RIT SoFA Honors Show, USA

6th International Streaming Festival, USA

Finger Lakes Film Festival, USA

Gallery R Exhibition, USA

Seeflick.com, USA

 

 

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