Naysan ‘Nays’ Baghai is an award-winning independent filmmaker and underwater cameraman based in Sydney, Australia. Inspired by BBC Earth documentaries and the Criterion Collection as a youngster, Nays began his career in 2013, and his passion for filmmaking still blossoms to this day. During his teens, he won 20 awards for five short films he directed, shot and edited from various international competitions, including the Calgary International Film Festival, FlickerFest, the Adelaide Youth International Film Festival and the Portuguese International Music Film Festival.
When not working on his personal projects, Nays operates as a freelance videographer and has produced audio/visual content for dozens of commercial and corporate brands, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Telstra, Deloitte and the Australian Cinematographers Society. Nays also specialises in underwater cinematography and photography, and his work has been published by the likes of DeeperBlue, Molchanovs, AFTRS, Northern Beaches Council and Dive Spear & Sport. He is a PADI-certified Master Freediver and Master Scuba Diver, and is one of the youngest Gates STO operators in the world.
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 his bass guitars, drinking herbal teas, reading, writing, and designing album covers.
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: beginners (all ages), high school students
Product: private instructional coaching
Style: one-on-one & project-tailored
"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 2015 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
"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’ 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
"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, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
“I had the pleasure of working closely with Nays on my film Sky. Nays 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."
- Lev Jutsen, writer/director
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