Source: Noor Film Festival team
The 3rd Annual Noor Film Festival will be held in
We are happy to announce Mr. Habib Zargarpour, the only Iranian-American who has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards, has agreed to be one of the judges for the 2009 Noor Film Festival.
Habib Zargarpour has had
over 12 years of experience in visual effect for film. He spent 9 of those years
at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) where he first joined the team of The Mask in
1993 as a Technical Director. Subsequent projects included the development of
such effects as the particle tornadoes in Twister, the digital oceans and stormy
seas in The Perfect Storm, Spawn's cape, and the pod race simulations and
crashes in Star Wars Episode I.
Habib began his career in visual effects for film in 1990 when he spent a few years working on digital effects for IMAX films in Los Angeles. He had worked as a graphic artist and fine arts illustrator since 1981. He graduated with distinction in Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1992 and discovered his passion for design in film.
While at ILM, he was nominated for two Academy Awards in Visual Effects for Twister and The Perfect Storm and garnered two British Academy Awards for those films working with Visual Effects Supervisor Stefen Fangmeier. He worked as a Digital Effects Supervisor with John Knoll on the pod race sequences in Star Wars Episode I and on two Star Trek films: Star Trek Generations and First Contact, working on the never before seen space anomalies and the Phoenix rocket launch sequence. Other creative projects at ILM included all digital underwater shots of Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, and the alien creatures in Signs.
Zargarpour continues to value the CG industry as the perfect mix of technical and artistic realms. Since 2002, Habib has worked as a Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts on driving and racing titles. His projects included Need for Speed Underground and 007 Bond Everything or Nothing. His latest project was Art Directing a next generation title called Need for Speed Most Wanted for which he received a VES (Visual Effects Society) Award in 2006. He is an active member of AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), and a founding member of the Visual Effects Society.
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