The Third Script

In some mystically-inclined literature from the Persianate world, individual letterforms, words, the reed pen of calligraphy and other calligraphic-related elements have been used as metaphors to explain the unexplainable secrets of the universe. This film is inspired by some of those metaphors and is a celebration of the beauty of the art of calligraphy.

  • Mohammad Javad Khajavi
  • Ross Adrian Williams
    Sound Design and Mix
  • Mohammad Javad Khajavi
    Sound Design and Mix
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental Animation, Fine Art Animation, Calligraphic Animation
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2017
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Director Biography - Mohammad Javad Khajavi

Javad is an independent animator, new media artist, scholar and curator with a background in animation, engineering and new media art. He is currently a PhD student at the School of Art, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Before The Third Script, he was the director of several independent animations including The Boarding House and Symphony No. 40. His animations and new media artworks have been screened and exhibited internationally. Javad is the founder and director of Fanoos Studio, an art initiative that has been active in animation and digital media art production since 2010. He is also an active scholar researching and writing on animation and new media arts. His publications appeared in journals such as Animation Studies Online Journal.

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Director Statement

This film originated from my personal desire and experience as an animator and artist who is also familiar with Persian calligraphy. Being born and growing up in Iran, my aesthetic taste has developed in a culture in which calligraphy is considered a prominent form of artistic expression. I was exposed to various forms of Persian calligraphy and calligraphic art early on in my life. Looking at various specimens of calligraphy I would find it difficult not to feel a sense of dynamism and not to be inspired by the movement and rhythm that they invoke. To me—an artist whose main medium of expression is animation—various pages of Persian calligraphy possess a life force: They appear to be animated, not in literal terms, but in essence. To my aesthetic sensibilities many specimens of traditional calligraphy and contemporary calligraphic art seem to be imbued with the desire to become animated. The Third Script is an experimental animation that celebrates such a Proto-animated quality of the art of Persian calligraphy.