Don King (photographer)
After graduation from Punahou School in 1978, King attended Stanford University where he majored in psychology, belonged to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and was on the Stanford Cardinal water polo team which won the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championships of 1978, 1980 and 1981. He graduated from Stanford in 1983.
This is a very incomplete list of King's camera and direction credits in film and television.
- 1987: North Shore
- 1988: The Tribal Trials  bodyboarding video with Jack Lindholm, Ben Severson, and Mike Stewart
- 1994: The Endless Summer II 
- 1995: The Living Sea 
- 1997: "Tidal Wave" episode, Discovery Channel Raging Planet series
- 1998: City of Angels 
- 1999: Surfing for Life 
- 2000: Cast Away 
- 2001: "The Big Squish" and "Blue Holes" episodes, National Geographic Channel The Next Wave series
- 2002: Heart of the Sea, award-winning documentary of the life of surfing champion Rell Sunn.
- 2002: Blue Crush
- 2002: Die Another Day 
- 2002: "Condition Black" episode, Nature series
- 2003: Step into Liquid 
- 2004: Riding Giants 
- 2005: "Violent Hawaii" episode, Nature series
- 2005: Lords of Dogtown 
- 2006: Beautiful Son 
- 2008: Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2nd Unit D.P.
- 2009: Dear John  water unit D.P.
- 2010: Hereafter  water camera operator
- 2011: Soul Surfer 2nd unit D.P., B-camera operator
- 2011: The Descendants water camera operator
- 2011: Just Go With It water camera operator
- 2011: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides water camera operator
- 2011: Off the Map water camera operator, B-camera operator
- 2012: Battleship water camera operator, C-camera operator
- 2003-2010: Lost camera operator 6 seasons
- 2008 Entourage
- 2007: Lost episode, season 3 finale "Through the Looking Glass"
- American Express "Laird" - Director, Cinematographer
- Cool Water/Davidoff - Director, cinematographer
- Apple - water cinematographer
- Armani - water cinematographer
- Hyundai - water cinematographer
- Coca Cola - water cinematographer
- Guinness - water cinematographer
- Norwegian Cruise lines - water cinematographer
- Johnson & Johnson - water cinematographer
- Maytag - water cinematographer
- Toyota -water cinematographer
- Weight Watchers -water cinematographer
- E Harmony -water cinematographer
- Kaiser -water cinematographer
- 2011: Nike Commercial water cinematographer
One thing that earns King such raves is his mellow personality—in a type-A industry, he’s renowned for keeping his cool. Another is his sheer water sense and athletic ability—tall and lanky, he was once a competitive swimmer and college water-polo player and has long been a top-notch bodysurfer. It’s that watersports background, he says, that allows him to bob nonchalantly at the ground zero of huge, punishing waves, holding his shot until the last possible second before diving to avoid the surfer’s slashing fins and the wave’s crushing lip.… And then there’s King’s legendary eye for the shot. “Don has an uncanny ability to hit the button only when it’s magic,” says Jai Mansson, who works with King often as assistant cameraman. “He’s like a Zen master.”
- Derek Ferrar (December 2004 – January 2005). "Shooting the Tube". Hana Hou! Vol. 7, No. 6.
King still remembers the thrill of getting his first picture published—a cover shot for Surfing magazine—when he was just fifteen. "I was a sophomore at Punahou School," he recalls, "and my friend and I missed an assembly or something to go surfing. We went out to a secret spot, and the waves were perfect. This one beautiful blue wave came, and it barreled right over both of us. He was in the back of the tube, with this big blue curtain surrounding him, and I was completely inside it with him. At that time, you really didn’t see shots like that, and when the magazine came out, I was just so stoked, it was unbelievable. When you’re in high school, there’s nothing cooler than that." He continued contributing to surf magazines through high school and then college at Stanford. He spent half the college year in classes and the other half shooting surfing in Hawai‘i and Indonesia.… He became a staff photographer for Surfing, and his wide-angle shots from deep in the tube at Pipeline helped define the magazine’s look in the early ’80s.
- Bob Jones (November–December 2006). "Add Water and Stir". Stanford Magazine. Stanford University Alumni Association.
- "Alumni in the News". Punahou School website. 2006. John Clark ’64 (2006). "Mark Cunningham '74: One of the World’s Best". Punahou School Alumni Profile.
Punahou has a wonderful surfing history, and many of its students and teachers are legends… a real who’s who of the sport: former faculty members Peter Cole, Ricky Grigg and Fred Van Dyke; alumni Fred Hemmings ’65, Gerry Lopez ’66, Jeff Hakman ’67 and Don King ’78, to name a few.
- Don King at the Internet Movie Database.
- ASIN 6304887094 Discovery Channel Raging Planet series episode "Tidal Wave" on Amazon.com.
- Don King at Yahoo! TV
- "Aloha Mai E Na Kupuna: The Making of Surfing For Life". Surfing For Life website.
Six years in the making, it was the hit of the 1999 Hawai'i International Film Festival where it sold out nine screenings on four islands and won the Golden Maile Award for Best Documentary as well as the Audience Award.
- Heart of the Sea on Swell Cinema website. Heart of the Sea at the Internet Movie Database.
- David Heuring (November 1, 2003). "John Paul Beeghly On a Perfect Wave". Studio Daily.
…the dramatic surfing action is almost entirely shot with film cameras, because surfing must be filmed in slow motion to capture the nuances of such a fast sport. Another reason for shooting Super 16 was to accommodate Jack McCoy and Don King, undoubtedly the best surf camera operators in the world. They use very compact 16mm format cameras that can roll at extremely high frame rates to capture the beautiful, smooth slow motion you see in the film [Step into Liquid].
- Brian Berusch (January 2007). Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama Lend A Hand: Two celebrated watermen test their limits to raise awareness of autism. Maui No Ka ‘Oi, Winter Issue.
- Darren Pai (February 2, 2007). "Autistic Child, A Beautiful Son". KHNL.
- Ben Marcus (August 14, 2007). "The Most Supreme Pleasure: Path Of Purpose". LAT34. Photo gallery.