Bicoastal production company ArtClass has signed director Shahana Khan to its roster. With a diverse filmmaking background spanning live-action, creative direction, and VFX, Shahana brings a multidisciplinary perspective as a director.
"Shahana is a creative powerhouse with a distinct filmmaking style that we immediately gravitated to when we saw her work," says Geno Imbriale, executive producer and partner at ArtClass. "She's passionate, unconventional, collaborative, and extremely well-versed in the craft of visual storytelling across all disciplines -- all of which complements the creative spirit of ArtClass."
Known for creating abstract narratives with an emphasis on iconic visuals, performance, and a strong attention to aesthetics, Shahana’s visual style is best expressed in her recent music video work for Kingdom, Maluca, Micah James, and Poolside, which has garnered acclaim in Paper Magazine, Teen Vogue, Pitchfork, and Jezebel.
“Through sensuality -- be it sometimes humorous -- I am interested in creating cinematic imagery that provokes and subverts expectations,” says Shahana. “This sort of augmentation of reality is also carried into the post side of my work, through colour, atmospheric effects, and shaping of light and composition.”
Shahana is currently producing and directing short-form work, including a visual narrative that experiments with robotics, technology, and dance, as well as a piece that focuses on performance as death in locations around Los Angeles. Additionally, she has a feature documentary in development.
During her wide-ranging career in entertainment and advertising, Shahana has held tenures at Elastic, Psyop, a52, Mac Guff, and Digital Domain. Her filmography includes David Fincher's Oscar Award-winning film, ‘The Social Network,’ for which she was a visual effects supervisor. Her creative imprint can also be seen in the Emmy-nominated opening titles for ‘Daredevil’ and the final season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ which won top honours. Her commercial credits include campaigns for Adidas, Levi’s, Amex, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Honda, Panasonic, and, most recently, Nike's acclaimed ‘Dream Crazy’ spot.
“I love ArtClass' objective, where the quality of work comes first,” concludes Shahana. “For me, that’s everything. There are so many different forms of content now that allow space for diverse voices, and ArtClass’ incentive to support both passion projects, as well as commercial endeavours, makes it exactly where I want to be.”