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A Writer, Director, Producer, and Visual Effects (VFX) Supervisor, Kalyan Sura is a virtuoso storyteller from South India who built his reputation by making key contributions to independent productions and multi-million-dollar Hollywood blockbusters.

Kalyan pursued Computer Science Engineering at India’s premier technology institute where, ironically, he discovered his love for visual storytelling. Having taught himself animation, Kalyan achieved the rare distinction of being the first and only student-instructor in his university by teaching a course on ‘Fundamentals of 3D Animation.’

Kalyan joined DreamWorks Animation India as their youngest Technical Director (TD) where he contributed to critically and commercially acclaimed films like How To Train Your Dragon 2. In May 2018, Kalyan completed his Master's in Film Production from the University of Southern California, having written 15 short films, 2 feature screenplays, directed five films, and supervised VFX for over a dozen productions. Kalyan’s outstanding VFX work on blockbusters like Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, Men In Black: International, and FreeGuy earned him a membership in the prestigious Visual Effects Society. 

Kalyan’s science fiction (sci-fi) short film ‘THE LIE GAME’ with an all South Asian cast was distributed by DUST, the largest youtube channel for sci-fi shorts. His sci-fi feature script ‘MEMORY LANES’ placed in the top 0.1% of a Netflix-supported contest and recently, Kalyan won a Netflix-backed production grant for his short immigrant drama ‘DOS BROS FORCE.’


Currently, Kalyan is focused on writing and directing live-action and animation content that combines cutting-edge techniques with personal stories, to entertain and inspire audiences around the globe.

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