We are storytelling specialists and creators of magic.

 
  Reema Dutt,   CO-FOUNDER / HEAD OF Biz Dev
 
  Sania Jhankar,   Co-founder / Head of Production
 
 

REEMA DUTT

Co-Founder and Head of Business Development

Reema has worked as a content creator for several years for features, shorts, commercials and documentaries. She also works as a marketing/brand consultant for start-ups in retail, entertainment and tech. As a producer, she has robust experience in every stage of production, from inception and creative development to fundraising, distribution, and marketing.

BA from NYU in Economics and Journalism; MSc from the London School of Economics and MA from USC Global Media and Communications.

Favorite Coffee Shop: Alfred’s Coffee, Los Angeles

Favorite Coffee: Black. No cream. No sugar. No decaf.

 

SANIA JHANKAR

Co-Founder and Head of Production

Sania has several years of experience as a director, writer, producer and editor of features, shorts and commercials. She is highly experienced in creative development, dramatic filming and working with actors. She has written over 5 original feature film scripts and dozens of short-form content. As a creative and line producer, her films have received national and international recognition and awards at prestigious film festivals.

BFA from NYU in Film/TV.

Favorite Coffee Shop: Birch Coffee, New York City

Favorite Coffee: Dry cappuccino with 2% milk

 
 
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NIKITA PATEL

Production Coordinator

Nikita worked with Luminoustudios for a year as an intern before moving on to become a Production Coordinator. She has worked on everything from creative development to on-set work. She is excited to continue working and learn all aspects of video production! 

BA from University of California, Los Angeles in psychology. 

Favorite Coffee Shop: Dripp Coffee Bar, Chino Hills

Favorite Coffee: Anything iced!

Jessica Crandall
 
 

JESSICA CRANDALL

Marketing and Production Intern

Jessica first discovered her passion for film during her first year at college. She is working at Luminoustudios for the second summer in a row. Her experience includes time on set, as well as working to assist with short and longer form content production.

Currently at the University of Notre Dame studying Film, English, and Business.

Favorite Coffee Shop: The Squirrel & The Bee, New Jersey

Favorite Coffee: Cold Brew

Meet some of the crew.

Lance Kaplan
Cal Laird
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LANCE KAPLAN

Director of Photography

Born and raised in San Francisco, Lance received his B.A. and M.A. in literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara and later moved to NYC to write fiction and work in magazines. He found his true calling, however, as a cinematographer.

He has shot six features and numerous commercials for brands such as Sunglass Hut, Nike and Polaroid. His feature "RangiTaranga," a mystery thriller shot in India, screened worldwide and was shortlisted for the 2016 Oscars.

 

CAL LAIRD

Editor

Cal is an award-winning editor, who loves cutting documentaries, commercials, and shorts. As an editor he works closely with both the Director and Producer in a creative environment to help them realize their vision. 

Cal has a B.A. from Emerson College in Post Production.

 

JD KRAEMER

Hair and Make-up Artist

JD creates hair and makeup looks for film, fashion, television and celebrities for the past ten years. His specialties range from ‘real girl’ beauty to special effects. Bi-costal basing has allowed him to travel from New York to California, working cross-country with ease. Through his career, JD has been able to transcend traditional department assignments with Executive Producer, Line Producer, Wardrobe Design, Production Design, Art Director, Copy Editor & Fight Choreographer credits. He has contributed to Vogue, Elle, W Magazine and Numero, as well as clients such as Elizabeth Arden, Pandora, Anthropologie and Esteé Lauder, among others.

J.D. received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting.


Our inspiration? The firefly.


An enigmatic creature,
that is treasured and coveted
for its almost-magical power to glow.

This is what drives us at Luminoustudios. A secret ingredient.
The possession of a certain magic that sets free endless creative possibilities.