The Third Script

Of all the secrets, only an alif (the first letter of the alphabet) was revealed.
And the rest of what has been said was an interpretation of that alif.
Yet, the alif has never been truly understood.

Shams of Tabriz (1185-1248)

About the Film

Duration: 05:45s
Genre: Fine Art, Experimental, Visual Music, Calligraphic Animation
Technique: Pastel on paper, Pencil on paper, 2D, Frame-by-Frame

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Artist's Statement:

This film originated from my personal desire and experience as an animator and artist who is also familiar with Persian calligraphy. Born and grown 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.

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Inspiration:

In some mystically-inclined literature from the Persianate world, individual letters, 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.

The title of the film (The Third Script) refers to one of the sayings of Shams-i-Tabrizi, better known as Shams of Tabriz, who was a mystic and the spiritual instructor of the prominent Persian poet of the 13th century, Rumi. Shams says in his book, Discourse of Shams-i-Tabrizi:

"That calligrapher wrote three scripts
One he read but no one else
Another he read and others too
The third neither he nor anyone else could read
I am that third script."

Film Trailer

Credits

Mohammad Javad Khajavi

Designed, Directed and Animated by
Mohammad Javad Khajavi

Based on a music by
Siavash Kamkar

Sound Design & Mix
Ross Adrian Williams

Acknowledgement
Ishu Patel
Heitor Capuzzo
Ross Adrian Williams
Nagaraju Thummanapalli
NTU, School of Art, Design & Media

Awards & Screenings

OttawaInternationalAnimationFestival
SICAF 2017 Auckland International Film FestivaL Laurel Cannbera Short Film Festival
Miami Independent Film Festival Los Angeles CineFest Benicia Film Festival Miami Epic Film Festival Miami Epic Film Festival Los Angeles CineFest

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