For over 25 years, Shana Hagan has photographed Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary and narrative feature films, shot countless hours of nonfiction and reality-based television, filmed many commercials, and worked with such distinguished filmmakers as Michael Apted, Jessica Yu, Doug Pray and Lauren Greenfield.
Her work as a DP includes the Oscar-winning documentary BREATHING LESSONS and 15 Sundance Film Festival documentary selections including GENERATION WEALTH, SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS, and Special Jury Prize winner AFTER INNOCENCE. Shana was chosen to be a Director of Photography at the prestigious Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab and has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on SURVIVOR: CHINA. Shana also operated on the pilot and four seasons of the NBC hit comedy PARKS AND RECREATION, was the 2nd Unit DP on the Netflix ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT series, and was a camera operator on four seasons of SURVIVOR and three of THE APPRENTICE. Her commercial work as a DP includes spots for KOHL’S, ARMY, DISNEY, KODAK, VERIZON and others. Some of her other feature documentary work includes FOOD INC, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS and QUEEN OF VERSAILLES.
Shana is currently involved with a number of ongoing projects including a documentary profiling women candidates running in US Congressional races in the 2018 General Election, a project following a high profile female symphonic conductor and the third installment of MARRIED IN AMERICA directed by Michael Apted.
Shana is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Documentary Branch), the ICG (IATSE Local 600), the IDA and the ATAS. She enjoys teaching documentary cinematography at filmmaker Doug Pray’s Wild Mind Film Camp, a 2 week doc filmmaking intensive workshop for mid-career filmmakers. She has also spoken at various universities and colleges including USC, CalArts, LMU, Emerson, Art Center College of Design, and others and has participated in a number of cinematography panels and workshops for Abel Cinetech, Canon and the IDA. Shana has mentored a number of students over the years and is currently mentoring a USC graduate cinematography student.