Light Strike Productions
LIGHT STRIKE PRODUCTIONS is a Texas based, female owned film & television production company with over twenty years combined experience in film production, television production, advertising & design. Whether it be full scale productions for television or film, music videos, documentaries, local & national commercial campaigns, or print & multimedia design, LIGHT STRIKE PRODUCTIONS is fully capable of providing a one-stop solution for the varying needs of any client.
Owner / Producer
Shanna Hawa accepting festival award for Best Texas Short.
Shanna Hawa began her professional career in Human Resources management in 2000 and remained in the profession for 12 years. She made the jump to the film industry in 2011, when she began working for Light Strike Productions as a producer. Her experience in Human Resources management was easily adapted to her new role as line producer and production manager on various television commercial projects for Light Strike’s clients.
Shanna also expresses her creativity through art. Showing a natural creative ability, Shanna received several awards in the past, including top national honor for the iMAGiNE! Yellowstone 1994 Student Art Exhibit for her watercolor painting, “Teddy’s Visions”, which still hangs in the permanent collection at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Most recently, Shanna has received Honorable Mentions for her works “Totem”, “Barnacles”, “Beards and Lust” and “Ovaries” that were entered in various, local gallery openings. Shanna served on the board for the Beaumont Art League in 2012-2013. Shanna has also put her creative ability to work on set in the areas of makeup and production design for other various production companies.
To date, Shanna continues her work as lead producer for Light Strike Productions and has been instrumental in helping garner several prestigious awards for commercial production, including Cornerstone Pinnacle Awards (2015, 2016, 2018), 2016 American Advertising Award (“ADDY” Award), 2016 CUNA Diamond Award, 2018 TACVB Award, and more. Most recently, Shanna has received numerous awards in festivals for the short film, “The Powder Horn”, including 2023 Best Short Film, 2023 Winner Texas Proud Short Film, 2023 Winner The Wild, Wild West, 2023 Best Texas Film, 2023 Best Extended Short, and more.
Shanna resides in Beaumont, Texas with her husband Jeremy and three daughters Kaia, Rocki, and Ripley.
Owner / Director
Jeremy Hawa, Directing on the set of "The Powder Horn,"
Jeremy James Hawa received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in art history, graduating Cum Laude from Lamar University in Beaumont Texas in 1997. Jeremy worked for several years as an art director, designer & illustrator in the Houston area.
He went on to receive his Masters degree in directing and screenwriting for cinema/television at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. While attending, he directed the music video “The Body and the Blood” for the national Christian recording artist, Janet Paschal, as well as "Hospitality," a short film that was part of the university’s student film showcase. He also worked in the lighting and camera departments for Costal Video, the nation's premier producer of industrial films, and for New Dominion Pictures on their Discovery Channel programs "Justice Files" and "The New Detectives.”
Upon Graduating in 1999, he returned to Texas, settling in Fort Worth, where he served as gaffer on the Dallas based feature film, Pale Blue Moon. Soon after, he was hired by the Movie Studios at Las Colinas, in Dallas Texas, where he worked with various notable projects including Eric Clapton’s “Reptile” national concert tour; the Dream Works comedy “Slap Her She’s French” starring Piper Perabo; “Walker Texas Ranger” and numerous other national commercial productions and children’s television shows including “Barney & Friends” and “Wishbone.”
In 2004 he was hired as the 1st assistant director and Associate Producer on the independent feature film “Noble Things,” starring Lee Ann Womack, Michael Parks, Ron Canada, & Ryan Hurst. After completion of principle photography in 2008, he moved to Santa Monica, California where he continued post-production work on “Noble Things” at Universal studios. He continued his duties as a producer on “Noble Things” until 2009, while the film made the national festival circuit, being selected as an “Official Selection,” for, The Nashville Film Festival, The Austin Film Festival, & The WaterFront Film Festival.
Jeremy returned to Southeast Texas, founding Light Strike Productions in 2011, a film and television production company which specializes in television production, commercial production, as well as marketing and industrial film. To date, Light Strike Productions has garnered several prestigious awards, including the 2015 Cornerstone Pinnacle Award for internet Media Production, the 2016 Cornerstone Pinnacle Award for national television advertising, the 2016 top honors for television advertising from the American Advertising Federation (“ADDY” Awards,) the 2017 National CUNA Diamond television advertising award (BEST IN CATEGORY,) as well as the 2018 TACVB award for top travel commercial in the state of Texas.
In the spring of 2017 Jeremy’s feature length screenplay. “Raw Land,” was officially optioned by Greentrees Films and Oscar nominated Producer Jack Binder who is recognized as one of the top 500 producers in the world and currently has the project in development. Binder is best known as Producer of ‘The Upside of Anger’ starring Kevin Costner and 'First Reformed,' starring Ethan Hawke. He assists fellow filmmakers via his production services company filmbudget.com. In December 2022,
Jeremy completed production of the 22 minute short film, “The Powder Horn,” which has been garnered over a dozen awards and nominations with more expected in the coming months.
Jeremy maintains an active presence in the Texas film industry and in 2014 was recruited as a professor of film production and screenwriting by Lamar University in Beaumont Texas. Jeremy resides in Beaumont, Texas with his wife Shanna and three daughters, Kaia, Rocki & Ripley.
Donald Kilgore running camera team on the set of "The Powder Horn,"
Upon graduating high school, Donald attended Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia, where he studied Broadcast Communications and toured with The West Virginians playing drums. He spent two years at Alderson Broaddus before moving to Orlando to complete his studies at Full Sail University, where he attained a degree in film and video production.
After graduation, Donald was hired as the assistant editor at Media Brothers, Inc. in Orlando, where he worked on feature-length concert productions, and music promos for Music Choice and Hard Rock Cafe, featuring mainstream rock and pop artists.
In 2002, Donald moved to Los Angeles, with only a suitcase, for a position as an assistant editor on the dating reality show, The 5th Wheel, and later found a second job with 7ate9 Entertainment cutting promos for The Disney Channel.
While in LA, Donald accepted an opportunity in Houston, Texas to work as Director of Creative Media at Second Baptist Church where he conceptualized, produced, shot, and edited promos, documentaries, commercials, music videos, and other creative content weekly.
Through the years, Donald has had many opportunities to work with nationally recognized brands, talents, networks, corporations, and advertising agencies. His work has taken him across the United States and to many countries around the world.
Today, Donald works as a freelance cinematographer and editor and continues to reside in Houston, Texas with his beautiful wife Liz, their daughter Jordan, and Presley their Golden Retriever. Donald continues to work as Director of Photography for Light Strike Productions, in Beaumont, Texas.