Naysan ‘Nays’ Baghai is a Sydney-based independent filmmaker specialising in directing, cinematography and editing, with a focus on the underwater, corporate, documentary and fiction sectors.


    Nays began making student short films in 2013, and has since written, directed, shot and edited five shorts that have earned a total of 25 accolades, including awards at the Calgary International Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent Awards, Robin Anderson Film Awards, and the Portuguese International Music Film Festival. He is currently developing both a feature film and documentary miniseries.


    Nays is also the founder and owner of Running Cloud Productions, a freelance filmmaking and photography business based in Sydney. He has produced audio/visual content for a variety of corporate clients, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, Deloitte, HeForShe, Raine & Horne Maroubra, Alchemy Growth Partners, WorleyParsons, High Resolves and the Australian Kyokushin Federation. He has also interned at the Walt Disney Company, Channel 7, Deloitte, GoodOil Films, and Chief Entertainment.


    In 2016, Nays commenced his career as a professional underwater cinematographer and photographer, and his work has been showcased by a variety of brands, including AFTRS, Dive Spear & Sport, Dive Centre Manly, Aku Louhimies, Northern Beaches Council and Brazen Adventurer. He is a PADI-certified Advanced Freediver and Master Scuba Diver, and recently completed the TDI Rebreather Discovery Program. Nays is also a graduate of a four-week online shark biology course facilitated by the Universities of Cornell and Queensland.


    Nays is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts (Screen Production) degree at the Australian Film Television & Radio School, due in December 2018.





    • Fiction
    • Documentary
    • Promotional
    • Corporate
    • Travel

    Underwater Cinematography



    • Freediving
    • Scuba diving
    • Dramatic scenes
    • Marine life
    • Conservation acts


    For those in the documentary, travel, fiction, and oceanic sectors, you will receive a film with a distinctive style, high quality production values, and most importantly, a powerful narrative.


    For corporations and businesses in need of either internal or promotional videos, you will collaborate with a videographer with a fast turnaround and professional cinematography and editing services.

    Underwater Cinematography

    For filmmakers planning to shoot underwater scenes, you will work alongside a cinematographer with their own high-definition cameras and an approachable and astute demeanour.

    Underwater Photography

    For brands or individuals seeking underwater portraits of humans or marine life, you will receive a package of high quality photographs with a unique look, produced within a quick turnaround.

    Stills Photography

    For local independent productions, you will receive a package of photographs captured in an observational, inconspicuous style with a look consistent to that of the final product.

    Private Tutoring

    For high school students or beginners wanting to learn the basics or perfect a project, you will receive one-on-one coaching and advice tailored to your needs.



    "Naysan 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 2015 film What Are You Looking At? an absolute pleasure. Naysan’s 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


    "Naysan 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 Naysan 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


    "Naysan’s 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, writer & 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, Naysan 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


    "Naysan 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


    “I had the pleasure of working closely with Naysan on my film Sky. Naysan rose above and beyond the call to action, designing and recording a full-length soundtrack within a one week window. He made himself available upon every request with an ease and diligence that allowed me to find the rhythm and soul of the film through sound. His work on the film was invaluable, and I consider him to be a true creative asset."


    - Lev Jutsen, writer/director