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Khoda by Reza Dolatabadi

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Khoda from Reza Dolatabadi on Vimeo.

Khoda by Reza DolatabadiI was searching for New Media Videos in Vimeo when suddenly I found this. This five minutes piece of art have  no reason to be jealous to other thousands of dollars production, everything here is so synchronized, crafted and even looks so fresh that is almost impossible not to think that we are  looking at a gigantic studio product when the reality is that this was actually a graduation project. Best of all… is the description the director & production designer Reza Dolatabadi said about its process:

What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film that would meet high personal standards. Khoda is a psychological thriller; a student project which was seen as a ‘mission impossible’ by many people but eventually proved possible!

This film is a group effort of three different persons, Reza Dolatabadi that made the digital paintings and the direction, Adam Thomson who is the animator and 3d artist and Hamed Mafakheri who is the composer of the soundtrack, a killer combination might i’d say…

Director and art director: Reza Dolatabadi
Written by: Reza Dolatabadi & Mark Szalos Farkas
Animation by: Adam Thomson
Music by: Hamed Mafakheri

  • Winner of the Best Animation Canary Wharf Film Festival (London) Aug, 2008
  • Winner of the Best Student Animation Flip Festival (Birmingham) 2008
  • Winner of the Best Student Animation, Royal Television Society Award, Scotland (rts) 2009
  • Official selection for the “Best Short Film Program” at Waterford Film Festival (Ireland) November 2008

Official Selections:

  • Marbella International Film Festival (Spain) Oct 2008
  • Encounter Film Festival (Bristol, UK) Nov 2008
  • Exposures Film Festival (Manchester, UK) Nov 2008
  • Renderyard Short Film Festival (London)
  • Flip Animation Festival (Birmingham) Nov, 2008
  • Animated Dreams (Tallinn) Nov, 2008
  • Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival? (Toronto) Nov 2008
  • Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) (Alaska, USA) December 2008


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  1. Thank you for posting this Arnaldo!
    I really appreciate it since coming form the fine arts tradition, i am interested in creating a dialogue between the painting and video world.

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