Shana Hagan is an award-winning film and television industry professional with over 25 years of experience as a cinematographer. She has filmed Oscar and Emmy winning documentaries and captured countless hours of nonfiction and scripted network television. She is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The International Cinematographers Guild, The International Documentary Association and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Shana’s documentary work includes the Academy Award winning BREATHING LESSONS and 15 Sundance Film Festival selections including GENERATION WEALTH, QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, and SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS. In 2016, she filmed a project in Morocco for CNN Films documenting First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” campaign.
Shana is the first woman selected to shoot on the groundbreaking reality show SURVIVOR where she spent two months at a time living and working in remote locations in the Cook Islands, China, Fiji and Panama. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Survivor: China. Her other global experience includes work in over 30 countries including Ethiopia, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Peru, and Iceland.
Through the 2018 American Film Showcase program, Shana was chosen by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to teach two 4 day Master Class Workshops to young Ethiopian filmmakers. Shana also enjoys mentoring Academy Gold and USC film students and guest lectures at USC, LMU, CalArts, Emerson, Chapman and NYU. She regularly speaks on panels for USC, the IDA and Canon. In addition, Shana teaches Documentary Cinematography at Wild Mind Film Camp.