Nafees Bin Zafar, Bangladeshi Animation Engineer wins Oscar again
10 February 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladeshi young animation engineer Nafees Bin Zafar has yet again won the Academy Award (Oscar) for creating a system that made destruction effects in the movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. The Academy Board of Governors has voted to give a Technical Achievement Award to Nafees, Erwin Coumans and Stephen Marshal. Nafees and Stephen separately developed two large-scale destruction simulation systems based on Bullet, while Erwin Coumans developed the Bullet physics library.
Nafees Bin Zafar is the first Bangladeshi to win an Oscar. Margot Robbie and Miles Teller presented the award to Nafees at a ceremony held at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Nafees and his colleagues were given the award for their work in the Drop Destruction Toolkit, used to create visual effects in films since 2012.
“I like to dedicate my award to my father for teaching me to persevere against very difficult problems,” Nafees said in his speech at the award distribution ceremony.
He won his previous Oscar in 2008, for his outstanding work on fluid dynamics, used in films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End.
Nafees is currently the director of research and development for DreamWorks in Shanghai, China. His previous filmography includes: Madagascar 3, Kung Fu Panda 2, Shrek Forever After, Flags of Our Fathers.
Nafees Bin Zafar was born in 1977 in Dhaka. His family relocated when he was 11-years-old to Charleston, South Carolina. Nafees studied software engineering at College of Charleston, graduating at 19.
Nafees considers his mother, Nafeesa Zafar, an important artistic influence. She herself comes from a long line of artists, two of whom have received Ekushey Padak awards for their contributions to Bangladesh: his great-grandfather Kobi Golam Mostafa, famed poet of the still-in-print classic tome Bishsho Nobi; and his uncle Syed Mainul Hossain, architect of the national monument Sriti Shoudho.
His uncle Mustafa Monowar is a well-known puppeteer and TV personality.