Naysan ‘Nays’ Baghai is an award-winning independent filmmaker, underwater cameraman and public speaker based in Sydney, Australia. Inspired by BBC Earth and the Criterion Collection as a youngster, Nays began his career in 2013, and his passion for filmmaking still blossoms to this day. He has won over 20 awards for his student short films across various international competitions, including the Calgary International Film Festival, FlickerFest, the Adelaide Youth International Film Festival and the Portuguese International Music Film Festival. At the start of 2020, Nays made his directorial debut with the upcoming feature Descent, a psychological documentary about ice freediver Kiki Bosch.
When not working on his personal projects, Nays operates as a freelance videographer and has shot and edited content for dozens of commercial and corporate brands, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, Deloitte and High Resolves.
Nays also specialises in underwater cinematography and photography, and his work has been showcased by DeeperBlue, Molchanovs Freediving, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, Arctic Adventures, Wim Hof Method International, and Cressi Australia. He is a PADI-certified Master Freediver and Master Scuba Diver, and has his sights set on rebreather and cave diving in 2020.
Nays graduated from the Bachelor of Arts (Screen Production) program at the Australian Film Television & Radio School in 2018 with high honours. In his spare time, he can be found playing bass, drinking herbal tea, cooking vegan food, designing album covers, and of course, diving in the ocean.
Audience: brands, artists, businesses
Product: fiction/documentary film
Style: narrative-based & artistic
Audience: large and small businesses
Products: corporate videos, promotional videos, ads
Style: brand-based & informative
Audience: filmmakers, production companies, dive brands
Products: underwater video (edited/unedited), underwater photography
Style: naturalistic/observational to dramatic/creative
Audience: students, local businesses, conferences, events
Product: motivational/informative speech
Style: personable, concise, refined and enlightening
"I had such a great time working as an underwater cinematographer with Nays. As a director, he was decisive when he needed to be, but also let the crew have enough freedom to get the shots needed. I would love to do more work with him in the future."
- Peter Lightowler, founder, Down Under Aquatic Imaging
"Nays is a hard-working and compassionate filmmaker I had the good fortune to work with. His clarity of vision and generosity as a director made acting in his film What Are You Looking At an absolute pleasure. Nays’ drive, energy and artistic intelligence, without egotistical desire, shows in the amazingly detailed work he produces. It is a joy to have worked with this wonderful young filmmaker."
- Rowan Freeman, actor & writer
"Nays originally completed work experience for me when I was in charge of corporate videos for Deloitte. Although he was still at school at the time, it was already very obvious that he had an unusual mix of talent, intelligence and creativity combined. Since then, I have observed Nays in action directing; I was amazed at how his confidence had increased and how in control he was. He knows what he wants, but he still appreciates constructive feedback.”
- Toni Hamilton, former Creative Director, Deloitte
“Nays is a truly gifted filmmaker with a sensitive and intuitive eye; he was a delight to work with and his flexibility with integrating our feedback was like a breath of fresh air. Nays had the knack of being quite inconspicuous when he was filming our meditation group, and we were very impressed with how he was able to draw hours of filming into a beautiful, coherent and informative short film; we look forward to making another film with Nays in the future.”
- Georgia Carr & Susan McFarlane, founders, HeartCentre
"Nays is an incredibly talented editor and pays great attention to fine details in his work. He has an amazing ability to create films that are beautiful and powerful, and his editing is seamless. He is a delight to work with and is a fast worker with a positive attitude. I look forward to working with him on some exciting future projects.”
- Ashley Kelly, founder, Mermaid Pictures
"Nays was an absolute pleasure to work with. For our company, we had to assemble various clips into two videos for work conferences, and he edited both with great speed and professionalism. He was very easy to work with, and I can’t recommend him highly enough.”
- Pei-Li Guan, senior auditor, CBA
"Nays’ underwater cinematography for my film Tides was nothing short of amazing. He took direction very well even in a challenging environment, and was extremely professional throughout the shoot."
- Jami Blood, director
"It was a pleasure to work with Nays on the set of Suburban Wildlife. He was very professional, attentive and produced beautiful, high-quality photos. He is a committed worker that is great to have on set, and I would definitely work with him again."
- Sophie Hatch, producer
"As the stills photographer for my film Leg It, Nays delivered great shots that captured the exciting and vibrant nature of the cast, crew and the film itself. Extremely punctual in editing, Nays delivered the shots on the afternoon of the shoot, a timeframe I was very impressed with."
- Rachel Mackey, writer & director