James Takata directed the feature documentary WE THE PARENTS, which premiered in August 2013 and will soon be available for online streaming.  Takata is also developing feature projects including NOGUCHI, about the artist Isamu Noguchi and YOU’RE SO ABDUCTED, an alien abduction comedy.

Takata began his filmmaking career in the camera department.  He worked his way up from film loading and camera assisting to his current job as a camera/steadicam operator on shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Scorpion.  Takata was also honored with a 2012 Emerging Cinematographer Award for his work shooting the short film ONLY CHILD.

Takata was recently hired to create a promotional short documentary for Splendid and Crafting Community, a family retreat at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs that provides creative activities alongside brand promotion for select clients such as Splendid, Converse, and California Baby.

MIC CHAMPION, Takata’s music video for hip hop artist J Maddox won the Slate Award for Best Music Video at the 2009 California Independent Film Festival.  TRAPPED, a short film he directed and produced, was commissioned by Prize4Life to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease and the foundation’s $1 million dollar prize for ALS research.  TRAPPED won a 2010 Bronze Telly Award, and the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit, while screening at numerous festivals.


Takata is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600, and the Steadicam Operators Association.  Takata earned his BA in Studio Art from the College of William and Mary and also studied at the Art Institute of Florence. 

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