Hanwen Lei is a female cinematographer graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2015. Lei is originally from China. Coming from a traditional East Asian culture background, Lei’s visual styles are embedded in a subtle and poetic aesthetics. Yet, Lei also holds a high enthusiasm in futurism and contemporary art. She believes in film as the crossroads of clashing different cultures, provoking thoughts, rising questions of humanity from a larger perspective. Lei started as a photographer since her teenage years, where she leant to express artistic ideas through the lens. Her college education from film school finally established herself as a cinematographer using framing and light to tell stories. Lei has been working as a director of photography on narrative short films, music videos and live house concerts. She welcomes all kinds of genre of stories, yet her main passion is in science fiction films and music related video pieces. She thinks those two main genres not only give her the utmost creative space in terms of building a world through her vision, but also they speak a more universal language due to the growing of technology and globalization.