Emma Kragen is a Los Angeles- based cinematographer who completed her MFA in Cinematography at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She holds a BA in American Studies from UC Berkeley, and is also the co- founder of the boutique production company, Zemma Productions.
Kragen loves the opportunity to film and travel– one of her proudest achievements was traveling to Antarctica with environmentalist Sir Robert Swan and his organization 2041. While there, she shot documentary footage about the importance of environmental sustainability, and sent live blogs to UCLA’s website, where her footage is viewable. She was also featured in Variety’s 110 Students to Watch.
Kragen is a proud member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers. She is a recipient of both the Motion Picture Association of America Award as well as the Lisa Wiegand Fellowship in Cinematography.
Additionally, she is continuing to develop a handheld rig specifically designed for female camera operators, known as the Dido Rig. The Dido rig was originally developed as her master’s thesis.
In the long term, she hopes to make both narrative as well as non- fiction films that can help inspire global change.