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Rising Stars: Meet Ranjit Arul Singh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ranjit Arul Singh.

Hi Ranjit, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Storytelling gives me joy. I’ve been involved with the process of storytelling one way or the other from my age 5. It was fun to be on stage and performing in dramas, variety shows. But later, I realized that stories create an impact on the audience and they do influence in some way. That is when I decided that I should be telling stories my entire life. I want to tell stories that are unique and show light in the dark. Storytelling has been a part of life, so far and I want it to be a part of me forever.

My storytelling experience stretches from theatre to cinema to VR. I wrote, directed, acted during the later part of my drama and theatre life. I was interested in filmmaking when I was introduced to editing by a friend of mine, from then I did not stop learning the techniques and style to tell a story in cinema. Now I edit, color, write and direct films to tell my stories in my own style. I find it amusing when I can create my own universe and create characters that I love or hate to bring out stories that mean something to me.

When I started to learn more about filmmaking, I decided to explore outside the box. This is when I decided to join SCAD. I developed a lot here in school where I pursue MFA in Film and TV. After SCAD, I was working as a Dailies Operator in Company3 (Atlanta), where I got to work on films and Television shows. You can find my name on Netflix’s Feartstreet (All three movies). After my visa expired, I had to leave the country and Covid struck making me set up a temporary base in my hometown Chennai, India.

Now I have decided to get back into filmmaking as a writer/director and am ready to step into the professional world of storytelling with a mindset to tell beautiful stories that showcase the values of humanity. Currently, I finished my experimental short “Legs” and am busy submitting it to the festival circuit.

Launching a new indie project in 2022 and planning to set everything based in Savannah, GA (Especially hiring local talents in Savannah).

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Never. Same struggle any filmmaker would undergo, financial struggles in converting words to motion picture on the screen is definitely a challenge.

The biggest challenge was, there was a moment where I had to leave all my dreams in the USA and leave immediately because of my dad’s health. But, thank God, everything came back to normal for a bit and I had the opportunity to get back and continue what I was meant to do.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a Writer/Director in film. As a film director, I like to make movies that explore themes that are a necessity for every single human being on this earth.

My specialization is that I have no boundaries and no limits. I’m acting from age 5 in school dramas, I’ve had plenty of time exploring part of the storytelling process. I am known for subtly throwing the themes without any dialogue, Visual storytelling has been my strength. I can tell any story with no dialogue.

I am proud of making experimental filmmaking. Because that really helped me in learning the hardest ways of conveying a theme or a story. I think my confidence in visual storytelling helps me come with a specific visual style that does not lean on any other filmmaker. It feels original and that’s what sets me apart from others.

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Probably dance. Haha! I am a really good Carrom Player but most people never know that.

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