FIRST YEAR – LOS ANGELES
Akanksha was born and raised in India, surrounded by colourful people and a story around every corner. This guides the way she approaches her work in exploring human experiences visually. She began her focus on cinematography while completing her BA in Film and TV Production in Pune. With the looming threat of global warming she felt compelled to lend her skills to environmental protection organisations like Greenpeace. She also worked with the Teach for India program and HIV affected children.
She started in the camera department in Mumbai on regional television projects and then began to freelance as an editor and cinematographer for corporate films and documentary projects. She worked on projects focused on tech and e-commerce before moving to LA to pursue narrative filmmaking. She is currently finishing up her MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory.