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About

Telling stories with Films, Images & Sounds 
Filmmaker | Photographer | Sound Recordist 

Stories have fascinated me right since when I was a kid and a few years ago when I was working mostly happily as a Vehicle Testing Engineer in India, it dawned on me that telling stories are my true calling.  I often found myself in and around lakes trying to photograph birds, reptiles or a butterfly. I wanted to tell stories about nature and the people that walk the long hard path to protect the wild.

The Science & Natural History Filmmaking course  at Otago Uni helped me acquire basic training and an eye for good stories. My graduation film ‘Sniper’ follows a conservation dog protecting Yellow-eyed Penguins in New Zealand and has done well in festivals globally.
My vision is to craft compelling true stories on nature, science and society. I try to tell stories that have a potential to bring positive change and strike a chord with people from all backgrounds.

Films aside, I love to cook, run long distances and have a soft spot for the dwindling Indian Vultures. 

 

I'm based in Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand, the land of four seasons in one day. I freelance with NHNZ Productions. 

Recognitions

2019

Award- Best Amateur & Youth Film (International) at 10th CMS  Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film  Festival for Sniper

2019-20

Official Selections- Sniper selected & screened in 7 film festivals globally 

2019

Podcast selected for broadcast on Radio New Zealand 

Broadcast Credits

2020

Camera Assistant, Topside,  "Surfing with Sharks" 1hour special for Nat Geo Wild

2019-20

Researcher /Assistant Producer, "Dawn to Dusk"  6x1 hour for Blue Ant Media

2019-20

Researcher /Assistant Producer, "South America's Weirdest " 3x1 hour for Nat Geo Wild 

Worked for the entire length of series- from pre-production to series delivery- assisted with shoot prep & research, footage logging, archive research and  production

Other Work

2019

Archive & Development Researcher, NHNZ

2018-19

Shot-lister & cataloguer for archive footage library, NHNZ Moving Images  

2018

Production Footage Logger & Cataloguer  for "Mysterious Planet", NHNZ

Filmography

As self-shooting Producer/Director

2020

Beating the Odds To save the Southern NZ Dotterels

12 min film for NZ Department of Conservation 

2018

Sniper  The Last Resort to save World's rarest Penguins.

12 min graduation film

2018

Following Little Blues On population study of a colony of world's smallest Penguins

3 min coursework assignment film

2018

Living Fossils  Conserving the first animals to walk on land- the Peripatus

3 min coursework assignment film

2017

Shining Lakes of Kancheepuram- a journey through lakes, a river and their memories

an independent 20min film produced with an iPhone 5s & a lapel mic

Film Screenings

2020

Three short films as a part of the online Wild Dunedin Festival - "Your Wild Bubble" 

an initiative to keep people entertained during COVID-19 Lockdown

2020

Screening of Sniper & a talk about the making of the film to Visual Communication students of Kumaraguru College of Liberal arts, Coimbatore, India. 

2019

Screening of Sniper at the 10th International Penguin Conference in Dunedin

2019

Sniper at the National-level Conservation Symposium on Yellow-eyed Penguins, Dunedin

2018

Shining Lakes of Kancheepuram screened 

  • at 10th anniversary celebrations of Chennai Trekking Club

  • to my former colleagues at Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Chennai

        to raise awareness on local waterbodies around the industry

  • to NSS Students of Ramakrishna Polytechnic College, Chennai. 

Education 

2018 

Post-graduate Diploma in Science Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand

Endorsed in Science & Natural History Filmmaking, With Distinction 

2009-13

Bachelor of Engineering in Automobile Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India.