Muqeem Khan

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Muqeem Khan
مقیم خان
Karachi, Pakistan
EducationKarachi Academy, Delhi College, National College of Arts (NCA) & Ohio State University
Occupation(s)Professor, researcher, filmmaker, animator, media artist, interaction designer, musician, herbalist
Minakshi Malla
(m. 2002)
AwardsPride of Pakistan Award – Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development

Muqeem Khan (Urdu: مقیم خان) Pride of Pakistan[1] (born 1968) is the first Pakistani who started working in the Hollywood visual effects industry in 1996.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] He is an animator,[9] artist,[10][11] interaction designer,[12] percussionist,[13][14] filmmaker,[2] academician,[15][16][17] and a herbal physician - Hakim (title),[18] 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.

Film credits[edit]

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within[7][19][20][21][22][23][24][25] – July 2001 (US) Visual Effects, Square, Honolulu, HawaiiVisual effects, Rigid/Soft body dynamics and Deformations

Armageddon[2][19][20][21][22][23][24]- December 1998 (US) 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[2][19][20][21][22][23][24] – January 1998 (US) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California • Digital rain and tracking of digital cameras

George of the Jungle[2][19][20][21][22][23][24] – July 1997 (US) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California • Visual effects and elephant's interaction with the ground

Flubber[2][19][20][21][22][23][24]- November 1997 (US) Visual effects, Dream Quest Images, The Walt Disney Company, California• Visual effects for clouds and wisps • Compositing and digital elements for the 3D environment

Sherdil[26]- March 2019 (Pakistan) Visual Effect, NK Pictures Islamabad • VFX Advisor


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.[3][8]

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 City. 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 has received his Master of Arts (MA) in industrial design in 1996 with specialization in computer graphics and animation from Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD) and the Department of Design at Ohio State University in 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 been awarded research grants such as Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)[27] in 2011 and in 2013 National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)[28] from Qatar National Research Funds (QNRF).

VFX animation and mixed reality experimentation[edit]




  1. ^ Retrieved 25 February 2019. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f • Animation in Pakistani feature films, The Express Tribune, Lahore, Pakistan, January, 2011.
  3. ^ a b • Presentation, "Preserving our Past with Toys of the Futurea", TED@Doha Summit, Doha, Qatar, April, 2012., 25 February 2013
  4. ^ • "Bright future for gaming industry", Gulf Times, Qatar, April 2012.
  5. ^ • "Blending Real With Virtual", Qatar Tribune, Doha, Qatar, May, 2009.
  6. ^ • "Digital age in Pakistan not a distant dream", The News, Karachi, Pakistan, January, 2011.
  7. ^ a b • Final-Fantasy-the-Spirits-Within – Cast, Crew, Director and Awards – (n.d.). Retrieved September 11, 2013, from
  8. ^ a b • "Total realism with computer graphics no distant dream", Qatar Tribune, Doha, Qatar, March, 2013., 25 February 2013
  9. ^ • Interview: Muqeem Khan, Animator, Newsline, Karachi, Pakistan, April., 2010.
  10. ^ • "Horoof-e-Moqatiat", Calligraphy Work, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Faculty Exhibition, VCUQ Gallery, Doha, Qatar, Dec., 2007.
  11. ^ • "Muqeem Khan by Muqeem Khan", Animation, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Faculty Exhibi- tion, VCUQ Gallery, Doha, Qatar, Dec., 2007.
  12. ^ • "Platform Expo brings gaming experts to Doha
  13. ^ • Background Music Design, "Kingdom of Women," by Amna Khaishgi, MOSAIC South Asian Festival. Missis- sauga, August 2012.
  15. ^ • Associate Professor in Residence – Northwestern University in Qatar.
  16. ^ • Assistant Professor of Graphic & Interior Design – Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
  17. ^ • Assistant Professor of Digital Design – School of Architecture & Design, American University of Sharjah, UAE.
  18. ^
  19. ^ a b c d e • Muqeem Khan – News1 Morning Masala
  20. ^ a b c d e • Pragmatised Emotions: The Art of the Future Designers
  21. ^ a b c d e • PEF seminar highlights secret of visual effect, animation
  22. ^ a b c d e • Animation expert gives tips to students
  23. ^ a b c d e • Zooming In: Our man in Hollywood
  24. ^ a b c d e • GAMEON-ARABIA'2012, December 10–12, 2012, AOU, Muscat, Oman, Conference Tutorial
  25. ^ • Final Fantasy Credits
  26. ^ FatimaHasanZaidi (16 January 2018). "Sherdil Premiere Launch". Fatima Hasan Zaidi. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  27. ^ • "Awarded as a Collaborative Faculty, Qatar Foundation Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), "Integration of Sensors and Data Acquisition for a Motorized Wheel Chair Simulator Platform with a Virtual Environment," Faculty Research Collaboration with Texas A&M University at Qatar Doha, 2011– 2012.
  28. ^ • "Muqeem Khan (2013), Awarded as a Lead Principal Investigator (LPI), National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), "Kinesthetic Learning System for Arabic Indigenous Dances," Qatar, 2013.
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