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Miller Fisher

Miller Fisher amalgamates the distorted visual, physical and existential experience of an autoimmune disorder by the same name, with the aesthetics and vernacular of the animated GIF.

  • Faiyaz Jafri
    Director
    Hello Bambi, This Ain't Disneyland, Disconnector, Planet Utero, Sway
  • Faiyaz Jafri
    Writer
    Hello Bambi, This Ain't Disneyland, Disconnector, Planet Utero, Sway
  • Faiyaz Jafri
    Producer
    Hello Bambi, This Ain't Disneyland, Disconnector, Planet Utero, Sway
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    drama, existentialism, CGI, surreal, disease
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    computer generated
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Holland Animation Film Festival
    Utrecht
    Netherlands
    March 22, 2017
    World
  • Anifilm
    Trebon
    Czech Republic
    May 2, 2017
  • Athens Animfest
    Athens
    Greece
    March 16, 2017
  • Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn
    United States
    June 2, 2017
    North American
  • Paris International Animation Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    September 26, 2017
  • CutOut Fest
    Querétaro
    Mexico
    November 9, 2017
  • Filmfest Dresden
    Dresden
    Germany
    April 17, 2018
  • 4 FICAE festival
    Valencia
    Spain
  • Animac
    Lleida
    Spain
  • GLAS Animation Festival
    Berkeley
    United States
Director Biography - Faiyaz Jafri

Faiyaz Jafri was born and raised in rural Holland of Dutch and Pakistani descent. He studied at the Technical University of Delft (MSc) and is self-taught as an animation artist and music composer. His work has been exhibited in the form of print, paintings, video installations, animations and life size sculptures all over the world. Jafri’s award winning films have screened in prestigious festivals and museums. He has worked for commercial clients including, IBM, Coca Cola and Ford.

Jafri’s art explores Jungian archetypes in the modern world, distilling the pop references of mass media and global popular culture into a visual shorthand of neo-archetypes. Realizing early on that a computer could draw a straighter line than he ever could, Jafri started using computers as soon as the technology became more readily available. In 1987 he began making his first illustrations on an Apple computer using basic vector imaging software. Cumbersome and limited as these programs may seem now, they were perfect for Jafri’s already pictographic style. As the technology evolved, his work developed from flat line art into a stripped-down 3D computer graphics style he calls hyper-unrealism. Despite the endless possibilities offered by computers today, he stays close to his subject, leaving out unnecessary frills and extras until he’s left with an image that is unambiguous and almost obscene in it’s blunt power.

In 2016 Jafri co-founded the Third Culture Film Festival, the first truly independent film festival in Hong Kong. He is also the curator and creative director of the festival.

Faiyaz Jafri lives and works in Hong Kong.

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Director Statement

Early 2004 I was diagnosed with Miller Fisher syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder characterised by paralysis of the eye muscles (Ophthalmoplegia), abnormal muscle coordination (Ataxia) and absence of the tendon reflexes (Areflexia).
As a visual artist, the loss of control of one’s eyes led to an existential crisis and resulted in the permanent loss of perfect sight and immaculate night vision.