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Making Films In Shenzhen: A Video Series

Nausheen with her Director of Photography, Sergey, on a shoot

Nausheen I. Chen is an expat filmmaker from Pakistan who’s been living and working in Shenzhen for the past 4 and a half years. She leads a video strategy and production team called Zen & Zany, with foreigners and Chinese crew working together to create films. 

Nausheen working with an actor for a crowdfunding video shoot

She’s just launched an online video series to document what it’s like working in the media industry in Shenzhen as a foreigner and an entrepreneur. In her first episode, she talks about her story, and how she found motivation to start the video series. 

Nausheen and Sergey, Director of Photography, on a cyberpunk shoot set

The Zen & The Zany: Episode 1

Here is a behind the scenes look at one of the recent cyberpunk commercial projects that she directed, produced by Zen & Zany. This commercial created a cyberpunk universe, turning a basement in a studio in Shenzhen into a futuristic dystopia where our lead actress walks in to make a “deal”. We get a look at how complicated video sets come together and how a diverse group of people with different levels of expertise come together to create a video. 

The Zen & Zany: episode 2

We all have histories of our lives prior to coming to China: Nausheen used to work at a Fortune 500 company (Procter & Gamble) before coming to Shenzhen. She reflects on her experience at P&G in this episode and talks about the 5 things she’s learnt during her time there. 

The Zen & Zany: 5 Things

Filming on set during the end of the virus outbreak in China
Checking out a shot on the camera while filming during the virus outbreak

She and her team have been back filming (with safety precautions) in the past few weeks, and they’re about to release a video on how they’ve been filming during the virus outbreak. See more of her video series, subscribe to the Zen & Zany YouTube channel:

If you want to know more about what Nausheen is doing, contact her on wechat: wechat ID nsheen or email her on [email protected].