One the brightest rising stars in cinematography - Keiko Nakahara - will be the cinematographer for the upcoming Stella James Studios adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At The Mountains Of Madness, the studio announced today. The film, to be shot 3D, will present great challenges as well as opportunities to Keiko, who was recently honored by the American Society Of Cinematographers as one of the country's outstanding up-and-coming cinematographers.
Says Shadow Mihai, the film's director, "Keiko is has one of the most interesting visual esthetics I have seen. In an artistic field increasingly invaded by technophiles, the art of the visual is often dropped in favor of trendy camera work and lighting. I have been looking for someone who communicates and translates the poetry of light, shadow and movement on screen. Someone who can avoid visual and filmic cliches"
The Lovecraft novella has never been adapted to a feature film, and many film makers have declined to attempt the challenges of the work. The challenges, according to Mihai and film-making partner Carrie Cain Sparks can be overcome. "We know we can create something new here, something never seen before. This project, with the skills of the team we are assembling - people like Keiko Nakahara and like ourselves - will break new ground in story telling and in the visual use of 3D," says Sparks.
As of the date of this press release, Keiko Nakahara is shooting a feature in Mumbai, India, after which she will work on a project in New Zealand. Her brief bio reads:
Keiko Nakahara, an ASC honored cinematographer, was born and raised in Japan. At the age of 22, she moved to U.S. and studied cinematography at San Diego Sate University. During her school, she received an honor for Outstanding in cinematography, as she shot award winning short film,"Mira Mar st." and a documentary "Blue Fish." After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles. Since then, she has lensed award winning feature films, short films, and documentaries. Her work has been shown at films festivals internationally such as Santa Barbara Film Festival, Sydney Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival, and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. In 2010, she was honored as one of outstanding up-and-coming cinematographers at Friends of ASC website by the president of The American Society of Cinematographers, Michael Goi.