i create narrative artificial intelligence
My background working in both the Space and Cinema industries gives me a unique appreciation for science and its application. This experience informs the way I see the world and gives me access to create a different kind of cinematic experience for Virtual Reality, Film and Gaming.
In 2006, Arvel directed his first narrative short film, "Toole's Substitute" that landed him acceptance into Film Independent's competitive Project Involve program under the guidance of director Michael A. Schultz, best known for his work on Cooley High, Krush Groove and The Last Dragon. Upon completion of the Project Involve program, Arvel's aspiration for filmmaking was cemented, and he entered the Masters of Fine Arts Production program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Arvel developed and demonstrated narrative artificial intelligence software for use with interactive cinema. He also directed the film, "Good Grief", which is a coveted Peter Stark Special Project film which screened in competition at the prestigious First Look Festival in 2011 and later on KCET.
Most recently, Arvel is working on the very first virtual reality standup comedy special starring Trevor Noah. In addition he’s working on a narrative AI VR experience called “Autumn” and on on his debut narrative feature Compton: The Antwon Ross story, and various virtual reality projects including "Soar" which is about a drone pilot and "White Space" which follows the research of a prominent neuroscientist.
In addition to filmmaking, Arvel runs GreyMatterVR, holds a BS degree in electrical engineering and is in pursuit of a private pilots license.