BIO

MERGING HOLLYWOOD, MADISON AVENUE AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION

Filmmaker: Writer, Director, and Producer

Feature Films. TV. Commercials. Branded Integrated Content, Messaging and Entertainment.

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Kiran Ramchandran is an award winning writer and director. He is a visually driven story-teller and concept developer who possesses the powerful creative abilities, directing experience, and leadership skills to have managed creative projects with a scope of over $15M (feature films). His high-level experience directing every creative department necessary for the execution of large-scale media projects combined with his passionate DIY ethos allows him to bring the same superior level of imagination and creativity to the smallest of projects.

Kiran is a rare breed of creative who can not only concept and develop cutting edge projects and campaigns, but is also in possession of the complete technical artistry needed to bring those ideas to life. With accomplished talents in all areas of digital, film, and TV production—writing, producing, directing, cinematography, still photography, picture editing, sound editing, graphic design and visual effects—Kiran, when necessary, can single handedly deliver projects from conception to creation.

In 2008, Kiran established alleyoop media, a transmedia digital agency producing on-line videos, branded content, webisodes and television projects. Kiran developed an elite creative and technical team with the power to execute standout branded content fueled by his cinematically visual and narrative command of filmmaking. The success of alleyoop media culminated with an offer of purchase from a leading digital ad agency less than three years from the start-up's inception.

In 2011, Kiran went on to Ogilvy & Mather, where he charted a new course for the advertising agency's creative evolution by pioneering long format brand integrated films and videos. Under Kiran's helm, the agency began developing feature length narrative and documentary films as well as television projects in conjunction with Ogilvy Entertainment. Kiran also served as the senior director for broadcast and online commercial spots.

FEATURE FILMS

KID BANG

Producer/Director/Writer of the original screenplay: A postmodern urban Shakespearean tale reinventing West Side Story with the spectacle of Bollywood set in a world of magic realism.

  • Sold to Fox Searchlight Pictures. Attached as Director in 2005.
  • Optioned to Intrepid Pictures/Universal Pictures. Attached as Director in 2007.
  • Currently available for turnaround.

ANGELES

Producer/Director/Writer of the original screenplay: A ghostly thriller based on true events in the Angeles—the nation's largest national forest, with a lurid and fiendish historical legacy.

  • Sold to Newmarket Films. Attached to Direct in 2002.
  • Regained rights. Currently available for development as both feature film and television series.

THE SCROLLS

Writer/Director of the original screenplay: Based on an Indian legend, the story is an exploration of the mysteries of reincarnation following the lives of three characters.

  • Optioned by Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2007.
  • Accepted to the Sundance Institute Producing Program in 2009.
  • Currently in development.

BOLLYWOOD

Co-Writer/Director of the original screenplay: A romantic comedy/fish out of water tale about a down-and-out Hollywood actor who turns his sights to Mumbai and the largest film industry in the world.

  • Optioned to Barry Sonnenfeld/Disney in 2004.
  • Optioned to Kevin Cooper/Tough Luck Boss Productions (Independent) in 2006.

TELEVISION

THE ANGELES

Creator/Executive Producer of series based on the original screenplay: An episodic crime drama set in the Angeles National Forest combining elements of a crime drama with the paranormal.

  • Optioned by Tagline Entertainment and Joke Productions in 2009.
  • In-development with "showrunner" William J MacDonald (HBO's "Rome") at Paramount Pictures in 2011.
  • Currently available for development.

HUMANS V TECHNOLOGY

Creator/Executive Producer of an episodic documentary series: An investigative drama exploring how all our lives are now deep in the rabbit hole of the real-life matrix.

  • eBay Brand Sponsorship in 2010.
  • Optioned by The Discovery Channel in 2011.

FIRST HAND (Fuel TV)

Co-Director/Associate Producer of original documentary series bringing you up close and personal with the daily lives of today's action sports athletes.

  • Produced by Adrenaline Garage for Fuel TV in 2009-2010.

COMMERCIAL/PSA SPOTS

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS

Ogilvy & Mather, 2012

PROOFPOINT

Ogilvy & Mather, 2011

CHIVAS

Major League Soccer/Club Chivas, 2006
Also served as key still photographer for marketing and media campaign.

PEPSI

@Radical Media, 2004

GREY GOOSE

Anonymous Content, 2003

LANDMARK THEATERS

Quantum Films, 2003

OPTONLINE

Quantum Films, 2003

UNICEF

PSA, 2002
Indonesia and Angola: Teen sex and HIV International Print and Video Campaign

COCA-COLA NATIONAL

Refreshing Filmmaker Series, 2001

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

ESPN, 2001
Also served as still photographer capturing key images for marketing.

USAID

PSA, 2000
Colombia: Teen sex and HIV International Print and Video Campaign

SHORT FILMS

KID BANG

Writer and Director
Fox Searchlight (Searchlab) 2004

TROPICAL CHARLENE

Co-writer and Director
Hypnotic/Dreamworks 2002

TWENTY YEARS AFTER SIX

Writer and Director
USC Thesis Film MFA 2000

PRINT/WEB CAMPAIGNS

HYDROLAB

Still Photographer, Fashion
Market Portfolio 2009

BRUCE LEE FASHION

Still Photographer, Fashion
Website and Catalogue 2009

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Still Photographer, Travel/Journalism
Website 2007

NIKE

Still Photographer, Sports/Fashion
Website and Marketing Material 2004

THE NORTH FACE

Still Photographer, Fashion
Website and Catalogue 2002

PATAGONIA

Still Photographer, Fashion
Store Installation 1999

SELECTED AWARDS

  • Kennedy Center Honors
  • Cine Golden Eagle
  • DGA Documentary Award
  • LA Urban Director’s Award
  • CineVegas Jury Prize
  • Nicholson Directing Scholarship (USC School of Cinema & Television MFA)

FILM FESTIVALS

  • Sundance
  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • Los Angeles International Film Festival
  • South by Southwest SXSW
  • Hampton’s International Film Festival
  • Tribeca International Film Festival
  • Slamdance

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

School of Cinema Arts
MFA, May 2000
Directing and Screenwriting.

Colgate University

Bachelor of Arts
May 1992

SKILLS

CINEMATOGRAPHY

35mm, 16mm, HD: All Formats

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital, Print, and Large Format

SOFTWARE

Photoshop, Final Cut Studio, Avid, After Effects, Lightroom, Aperture, Adobe Premiere, Pro-Tools, Final Draft.

MISC

Picture editing, Sound editing, Graphics, Music supervision, Production design, Lighting, Grip/Electric Storyboards, Pitches/Presentations/Decks/Look Books

PERSONAL

Lived in India, Colombia, Indonesia, and Australia. Knowledge of Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, and Spanish. Avid and competitive athlete: Surfing, Cycling, Tennis, and Soccer.

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CONTACT

CONTACT KIRAN DIRECTLY!

KIRAN RAMCHANDRAN

Venice, CA

E: kirancreates10@gmail.com

M: (310) 629-9784
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