Arun Narayanan

Arun Narayanan

Editor, Producer and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Arun

Arun Narayanan is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. As a screenwriter, he was named one of RBC's Emerging Storytellers by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), chosen as the winner of the CineStory TV/Digital competition's Original Comedy category, ranked Top 3 in the Showtime Networks Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay Contest at the Nantucket Film Festival, and ranked Top 10 in the Page International Screenwriting Awards, the Final Draft Big Break Contest and the Seattle International Film Festival Catalyst Screenplay Contest -- all between 2015 and 2016. His first feature-length screenplay to be produced, THE TIME CAPSULE, is currently slated for a mid-2017 release on The PixL Network, an offshoot of The Hallmark Channel.

When he is not writing, Arun works freelance as a video editor and as a Content Tagger for The Walt Disney Company. He is currently co-editing the independent feature film THE VAULT starring James Franco and Taryn Manning. He directed the short films CELLULOID DREAMS, which aired as part of the PBS Shorts Showcase program in 2013, and FALSE WITNESS, which is currently airing on ShortsHD and available on Amazon Video. And he recently produced the South Africa-set feature-length documentary TAKING STOCK, which had its festival premiere at the Encounters Documentary Film Festival in the summer of 2016.

Arun received an MFA in Film & TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2014.

Credits

  • The Time Capsule

    The Time Capsule (2016 - 2017)
    TV Movie by Larry Levinson Productions / Bradford May Writer SYNOPSIS: After a dramatic revelation at their ten-year reunion, a straight-laced history teacher attempts to win back his former high school sweetheart by re-creating the greatest hits of their past relationship. Now in post-production and slated for a mid-2017 release on The PixL Network, an offshoot of The Hallmark Channel. Starring Shane Harper (GOD'S NOT DEAD), Penelope Mitchell (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Chris Kattan (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), and Reginald VelJohnson (FAMILY MATTERS).

  • The Vault

    The Vault (2017)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Editor Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.

  • Vinyasa Flow

    Vinyasa Flow (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Writer Ania gets her period in the middle of yoga class and struggles to hide it from her narcissistic yoga teacher.

  • Over the Edge

    Over the Edge (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Thriller) Writer A heroin addict sees a body fall outside his window and goes out to investigate.

  • Trying Not To Explode

    Trying Not To Explode (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Producer A short film about the aftermath of a spontaneous human combustion. Based on the short story 'Blowing Up On The Spot' by Kevin Wilson.

  • The Fob and I

    The Fob and I (2015)
    Television (Short, Comedy and Musical) Editor Jisha and Sita are cousins who have never met. Jisha, a FOB from India and Sita, an Americanized Indian are forced to live together in one Hollywood apartment. These two girl cousins find that even when you see seem similar, you can be so different.

  • Private Life

    Private Life (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Producer When Eric, a young reclusive photographer, secretly follows his boyfriend Chris into the mountains, he hopes to find answers about Chris's fidelity. Instead, Eric finds a deeper connection to himself and to Chris just as they fall prey to a stranger who targets them, a tragedy that changes Eric forever. Private Life is inspired by an actual hate crime. Written by Anonymous

  • Occupied

    Occupied (2013)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Writer An awkward young man gets trapped in the bathroom at a dance club.

  • Celluloid Dreams

    Celluloid Dreams (2013)
    Film (Short, Family, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Writer In a future where the multiplexes screen people's dreams instead of films, a young man tries to save his grandfather's failing independent movie theater.

  • Pork Fried Rice

    Pork Fried Rice (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Fantasy) Writer An indecisive guy catches his girlfriend in bed with another man and then envisions three very different options for what to do next.

  • False Witness

    False Witness (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Writer Michael is found dead in his apartment, moments after a confrontation that involved his girlfriend Allison, his secret lover Jessie, and Jessie's boyfriend Richard. As Allison, Jessie, and Richard each recount the moments that led to Michael's death, it becomes clear that either somebody is lying, or there is more to this murder than any of them know. False Witness is a short film about the nature of truth, in the style of the classic Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon. But where Rashomon was about subjectivity, in False Witness the truth is objective. It just takes the sum of all of the perspectives involved to understand the full story. Written by Arun Narayanan

  • Oceans

    Oceans (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Family) Producer Jon's mother has just died. She was the sweetest, most gentle woman anyone had ever met, and everyone loved her. But now Jon must fulfill her final wish: to have her body fired out of a cannon into the sea.

  • Ordained

    Ordained (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Editor Ordained follows Robert, a young seminarian on the night before his ordination into the priesthood. Plagued with fear about this life commitment, he sets out to quell his curiosity about Nancy, a singer at the Bar Reis. But when he finally gathers the courage to talk to her, curiosity develops into a mutual interest and desire. Robert and Nancy spend his last night exploring each other's worlds, and as an unexpected connection develops, Robert's eyes open to a life he hadn't thought to be a possibility, until now. Written by Anonymous

  • Before the Midnight Moon

    Before the Midnight Moon (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Editor A young runaway, Janette, is looking to escape her past life. Through the advice of Anna she finds a new calling in truck stop prostitution.

  • Pinch Me

    Pinch Me (2010)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Writer Pinch Me is the story of a man that can no longer distinguish between his dreams and his reality. And as he stumbles from one dream-world to the next, he begins to understand exactly what his nightmares are trying to tell him. Written by Arun Narayanan

  • Still Alive

    Still Alive (2010)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Writer Diary of Boris Hoolian, April 20th, 1969, 7:11pm. It's been three days since the incident. Everyone in the world has been frozen in place, except for Boris. But only while Boris is awake.

  • Aiden Own

    Aiden Own (2009)
    Film (Short, Drama, Fantasy and Thriller) Editor Aiden Own is a disaffected young man that is past his point of no return. When he runs into his old third grade crush, he is suddenly forced to confront his demons.

Awards

  • Semi-Finalist (Top 10), Seattle International Film Festival Catalyst Screenplay Competition
    (2016)

  • Winner, Original Comedy Category, CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship
    (2016)

  • Honorable Mention, TV Pilot Competition, Acclaim Scripts
    (2016)

  • Finalist (Top 3), Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay Competition, Nantucket Film Festival
    (2016)

  • TV Comedy Pilot Finalist (Top 10), Page International Screenwriting Awards
    (2015)

  • Half-Hour Pilot Finalist (Top 10), Final Draft Big Break Contest
    (2015)

  • Winner, TV Spec Script Competition, Acclaim Scripts
    (2015)

  • Winner, Feature Screenplay Competition, Acclaim Scripts
    (2015)

  • Ground Zero "Tennessee First" Short Narrative Award, Nashville Film Festival
    (2015)

Education

  • University of Southern California
    (2011-2014)

  • Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
    (2006-2010)

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