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My Story

Aloha! my name is Shaneika Aguilar and i’m born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, hawai‘i. i’m a narrative and documentary filmmaker and photographer and i earned my BA from the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. i discovered my passion for storytelling in middle school and i have been pursuing it since as a full-time career. From the moment i picked up my first camera and created short home videos for my family, i knew i was onto something special. i have always loved collaborating with people and have always been enamored by the power of storytelling, so i further nurtured this by going to film school. This period in my life helped to reaffirm my purpose as a storyteller. it has helped me to understand the importance of emotionally riveting visual imagery, the power of human emotions and how these connections can inspire change within our communities. And, as I did for my family who still reminisces over that family video I shot over 10 years ago, I look forward to creating unique, beautiful work - all with a burning passion for cinematography and art.

 
 
DIRECTOR/EDITOR | Shaneika Aguilar  2018 Official Selection | Hawaii International Film Festival

DIRECTOR/EDITOR | Shaneika Aguilar
2018 Official Selection | Hawaii International Film Festival

DIRECTOR/EDITOR/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Shaneika Aguilar  2018 Official Selection | Hawaii International Film Festival

DIRECTOR/EDITOR/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Shaneika Aguilar
2018 Official Selection | Hawaii International Film Festival

 
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Shaneika Aguilar

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Shaneika Aguilar

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Shaneika Aguilar  2019 Best Cinematography | Worldwide Women’s Film Festival

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | Shaneika Aguilar
2019 Best Cinematography | Worldwide Women’s Film Festival

 
 

Credentials

VIDEOGRAPHER FOR CREATIVE MORNINGS HONOLULU GUILD, present
VIDEO EDITOR FOR NMG NETWORK, 2018-present
INTERN FOR HAWAII MEDIA INC, 2018
VIDEO INTERN FOR CORE GROUP ONE, INC., 2017
MARKETING SPECIALIST FOR gOODWILL HAWAII, 2017
Contributing Photographer for Flashstock, 2016-2018
Videographer and Photographer for Ivory City, 2016-present
Instagram Content Creator for Urban Outfitters Hawaii, 2015-2017
social media content creator for Modl Behavior, 2015-2017
Social Media Content Creator for Hawaii Fashion Exchange, 2015
Photo Boother for Shoots! Photo Booth, 2015-2017
Alumni of Photography: Mastered with Nick Knight, 2015
Videographer for Creative Lab Fashion Immersive (Hawaii + LA), 2015
Videographer for Visions Hawaii, 2015
Lead Videographer for The Word Vomit, 2015
Video Editor for Supreme Wedding Films, 2014-2017

Awards

2018 THIRD PLACE, SHORT FILM | HAWAII FILMMAKERS’ COLLECTIVE FILM FESTIVAL
2018 BEST DIRECTOR - “MAMA’S WISH” | UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA ACADEMY FOR CREATIVE MEDIA
2018 BEST DRAMA - “MAMA’S WISH” | UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA ACADEMY FOR CREATIVE MEDIA
2018 BEST DOCUMENTARY - “HOW TO MAKE A HEART BEAT” | UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA ACADEMY FOR CREATIVE MEDIA
2017 THIRD PLACE, music video, film festival | Hawaii film collective
2017 First Place, 48 Hour Film challenge | Hawaii filmMAKERS’ collective
2016 Instagram Account of the Year | Urban Outfitters Local Social Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013 Film Student of the Year | MeneMAC
2013 First Place, Mini Documentary | Olelo Youth Xchange
2013 Honorable Mention, Music Video | Student Television Network
2012 First Place, PSA | Farmers Insurance Hawaii
2012 Honorable Mention, Fall Nationals | Student Television Network
2012 First Place, Film Challenge | Student Television Network

Features

Featured in Cutting It Close Podcast with Cliff Bailey and Kelsie Greene
Featured in Unity of Color
Featured in Ka Leo O Hawaii
Featured in San Lorenzo Bikinis
Featured in Ka Leo O Hawaii