Hossein Najafi is a PhD researcher and lecturer at Art and Design department of AUT university, working under supervision of Professor Welby Ings. He is a digital cinema expert and has worked with many large studios in Istanbul, London and Auckland. As an animation and visual effects artist, he has tried to bridge between his artistic achievements and academic studies through a series of interdisciplinary research projects about digital cinema, interactive media and digital storytelling. His current research project is a practice-led enquiry that seeks to bridge identity theories and narrative form. The short film Stella, is part of this project.