Area Head for Emergent Cinematic Arts
Assistant Area Head for Media Production
Deepak Chetty is a Director, Cinematographer, VFX specialist and XR explorer based out of Austin, Texas.
He received his BFA in Film Production from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and his MFA in Film Production from UT Austin.
His film Hard Reset was named "Best 3D Live Action Short" (it was shot natively in stereoscopic 3D) by the Advanced Imaging Society, honored the same year among other winners such as The Martian by Ridley Scott and Star Wars: The Force Awakens by J.J Abrams. Hard Reset also won him the Best Director award from the Catalyst Content Festival (formerly ITVFest) which counts HBO and The National Academy of Television as main sponsors. Hard Reset has been distributed by Gunpowder and Sky where it is featured on their curated Sci-Fi network DUST where cross-platform it has gathered over half a million views. A feature adaptation of the project has been optioned and is in pre-production.
As a director and consultant for high concept commercial and industrial pieces, he works with media production company Revelator. His recent projects include work for companies such as USAA, National Instruments, Tenaris, and Spredfast.
As a cinematographer, his work on short films has been featured at festivals including Slamdance, SXSW, The Hampton's International Festival, and Austin Film Society's "10 under 10" program. In the feature film arena, he served as cinematographer on The Love Inside, directed by UT alums Mark Smoot and Andy Irvine, which was distributed by Gravitas Ventures and is available across all VOD platforms.
As a motion graphics and VFX specialist, he got his start while living in New York creating motion graphics for internationally broadcasted documentary films such as HBO's Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and Pure Fragment Film's Blank City. In 2012 his animated short parody Looper 8-Bit went viral and received acclaim from the nerdier parts of the internet including the original film's director Rian Johnson and its star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Recently, his feature film VFX credits include Noel Well's film Mr. Roosevelt, Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team, and Travis Matthew's Discreet.
On television, his VFX work includes Rooster Teeth and Michael B. Jordan's Gen: LOCK, and PBS's Fixing the Future.
In the world of XR (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality), he is a partner and Head of Post Production at Digital Quilt, a full-service XR company based out of Los Angeles whose clients include Uber, Stanford Medical, Wendy's, Electronic Arts, NBC/Universal, Reebok, Vice, and The Washington Post among others.
He has spoken internationally about Virtual Production, Real-Time Rendering, and XR including workshop and panel appearances at SXSW, Austin Film Festival, the Austin Film Society, the Online News Association, The Monterey Institute of Technology and during the Goldsmith Lectures held by UT's School of Architecture.
At UT, his XR work has led to large collaborative projects with the Department of Radio-Television and Film, the School of Journalism, the College of Fine Arts, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.