Assistant Professor of Practice, Arts and Entertainment Technologies
Assistant Professor of Practice, Radio-Television-Film
Deepak Chetty is a Director, Cinematographer, and VFX/XR explorer based out of Austin, Texas. He received his B.F.A. in Film Production from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and his M.F.A. in Film Production from The University of Texas at Austin. His last film Hard Reset was named "Best 3D Live Action Short" 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 has been distributed by Gunpowder and Sky where it is featured on their curated Sci-Fi network DUST and has gathered over 800,000 views across all platforms. A feature adaptation of the project has been optioned and is in pre-production.
In the world of XR, 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 Electronic Arts, Respawn, Uber, Stanford Medical, Wendy's, 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. He also works as an online learning producer for Epic Games, where he develops workflows and teaching material around the use of Unreal Engine as a realtime rendering tool for filmmakers.