Born in Shanghai and raised in Los Angeles, director Jane Qian, newly signed to Knucklehead’s US roster, was laughed at when she said she wanted to direct. People told her it was an impossible career for a female Chinese immigrant… but lucky for her, that challenge and immense desire to prove them wrong catapulted her into an impressive rise through the industry.

With humble beginnings as an unpaid intern, she quickly graduated to the PA and AD department, then camera, and then finally as an assistant to Director Steve Miner. That job led to another opportunity as an assistant to showrunner and executive producer Jeffrey Schechter before she made the inevitable jump to calling herself a full-time director.

Since, she’s created work for Chevy, Geico, Arm + Hammer and Guess to name a few. Her work has been showcased on Nowness, CBS Good Morning Sacramento, Buzzfeed and booooooom, as well as receiving recognition from Vimeo Staff Pick. Her recent music video Gloom was on display at the HafenKunstKino in Dusseldorf, Germany. shots featured Jane as a New Director in 2018 which was followed up by recognition in the 2019 SHOOT New Directors Showcase.

The collaboration between Qian and Knucklehead was kismet, having been partnered during the AICP and DGA’s CDDP Program of which Qian was an awarded participant. After producing a highly successful spot for the Paralympics together, the rest was history.

Her distinctive style and aesthetics bring the viewer in to see through a different lens, cinematically unfolding stories through intimate movement, her use of natural and available light, poetic camera and pacing, and her love for wide lenses and 35mm film. She is drawn to inspirational human stories with socially conscious themes always in the peripheral.