Born in Bangkok Thailand but raised in southern United States, Napattaloong studied at the University of Texas in the department of Radio-Television-Film. His initial focus was in cinematography which later shifted into directing and screenwriting. Concluding his education, Napattaloong produced a number of short works including the Thai-language short film, ไกลโพ้น (Motherland), that made its way to international festivals around the world.
As a Thai-filmmaker, Napattaloong draws upon his personal experience as an immigrant in the United States, as a person belonging and not belonging, an “in-betweener”. His interest in exploring and interpreting these unique perspectives and leads to an attraction to experimentation and the pushing of the boundaries of what cinema can be in relation to reality and fiction.
In January of 2016, Napattaloong participated in a 10-day filmmaking workshop in Cuba with Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Along with 50 international participants, he made a 10-minute Cuban short film, El Cielo, with the mentorship of Kiarostami. The program was set at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba and was produced by Black Factory Cinema.
Currently in Bangkok, Napattaloong is producing, shooting, and directing various local works which includes making short films, producing No Boys Land, a new feature length documentary by Nontawat Numbenchapol, working as Lab Manager for Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), and developing his first feature length creative documentary, First, Second, Third, Mercury.