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Muqeem Khan

Visual Effects Animator

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Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi Academy, Delhi College, National College of Arts (NCA)

Alma mater
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, US, Ph.D in Progress at UNSW Art & Design , University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Professor, Researcher, Filmmaker and Media Artist

Notable work
First Pakistani vfx artist who started working in the Hollywood film industry in 1996.

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Muqeem Khan (Urdu: مقیم خان‎) (born 1968) is the first Pakistani who started working in the Hollywood visual effects industry in 1996. He is an animator, artist, interaction designer, percussionist, filmmaker and academician. As a student at National College of Arts (NCA), Muqeem developed passion for computer graphics nearly twenty-five years ago in his early student life by doing some compositions and screen credits in BASIC language on IBM XT, ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 computers.


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Film credits

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within – July 2001 (USA) Visual Effects, Square USA, Honolulu, Hawaii • Visual effects, Rigid/Soft body dynamics and Deformations

Armageddon- December 1998 (USA) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California • Sparks, fire and debris for the exploding shuttle • Effect animation for the debris and rocks• Gases and asteroids

Deep Rising – January 1998 (USA) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California • Digital rain and tracking of digital cameras

George of the Jungle – July 1997 (USA) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California • Visual effects and elephant's interaction with the ground

Flubber- November 1997 (USA) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California• Visual effects for clouds and wisps • Compositing and digital elements for the 3D environment


Beside filmmaking and other creative genres such as poetry, calligraphy and painting, Khan also loves music and as a percussionist, he has been performing Tabla with various musicians around the world. He is a frequent presenter and speaker on VFX in motion pictures, animation and emerging technologies

He has presented his research in conferences such as 'ACM Graphite' in Singapore, 'Information Visualization' in London, VIEW Conferences in Italy, ascilite conference in Australia, TED@Doha Summit, 'Computers in Education' in New Zealand and International Games Innovation Conference (IGIC) in New York. Muqeem has also served as a member of technical committee, IASTED, The International Association of Science and Technology Development, Alberta, Canada and member of the Editorial Board for "Design Behaviors", the College of Design, Hanyang University and Design Research & Education Lab, Korea. He has also served as a program committee member for IGIC 2012 – International Games Innovation Conference.

He received his Master of Arts (MDes) in industrial design in 1996 with specialisation in computer graphics and animation from Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD) and the Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication at Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. He also obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from the same university in 1994. His research interests include the use of emerging haptic and motion detecting techniques in the context of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and Digital Intangible Heritage. Besides teaching interactive design, graphic design, interior design and concepts for emerging technologies at Virginia Commonwealth University and Northwestern University in Qatar, Khan has been teaching predominantly 2D and 3D animation classes for over 12 years in the Persian Gulf region. As a PhD researcher, his research interests include the use of emerging motion-detecting techniques in the context of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). He has awarded research grants such as Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) in 2011 and in 2013 National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) from Qatar National Research Funds (QNRF).


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