|Born||James Lawson Neihouse
April 3, 1955
Paris, Arkansas, U.S
|Other names||James Neihouse|
|Spouse(s)||Leslie Vock (1985–present; 2 children)|
Neihouse was born in Paris, Arkansas, the only child of Joseph and Pauline Neihouse. He graduated from Paris High School in 1973 and received his bachelor's degree from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California in 1976.
He went on to work for Marine Photographic Associates (MPA), a Santa Barbara, CA based production company that specialized in underwater photography and filmmaking. It was during this time that he met Graeme Ferguson, the president and co-inventor of the IMAX film format, while working on the first underwater IMAX film OCEAN. The two became friends and under Ferguson's mentorship Neihouse continued working in the IMAX format.
His first credit as director of photography was on the first IMAX film to be nominated for an Academy Award - The Eruption of Mount St. Helens! which was nominated for Best Documentary Short in 1980.
Between 1982 and 1984 Neihouse worked as a news cameraman at the Santa Barbara, CA ABC affiliate KEYT.
In 1984 Neihouse was called to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to help film shuttle launches for Graeme Ferguson's documentary about the US space shuttle program The Dream Is Alive. It was during filming that Neihouse met his future wife, Miss Leslie Vock, a NASA public affairs specialist at KSC. They were married in 1985 and Neihouse moved from Santa Barbara, to Cocoa, FL.
He became astronaut training manager for the IMAX Space Team in 1988. He was responsible for training space shuttle crews, and later space station crews, on the use and operation of the IMAX film cameras. Neihouse has trained more than 130 NASA astronauts and 20 Russian cosmonauts on 20 space shuttle flights and 6 Space Station Expeditions to film in space aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. He also oversees and assists in IMAX hardware integration into the NASA space flight system.
Neihouse has two children - Joseph Graeme Neihouse and Jacob Bernhard Neihouse.
- Silver Snoopy - 2001, presented by the Astronauts for outstanding contributions to mission safety and success.
- Best Cinematography Award for his work on the IMAX 3D film Space Station 3D, 2002.
- NASA Group Achievement Award - for "providing innovative solutions, demonstrating the ability to overcome technical and logistical obstacles, and ensuring a complete commitment to achieving success" International Space Station, Phase I and II, July 2003
- Distinguished Alumni Award Alumni Association of Brooks Institute, 2008.
- NASA Group Achievement Award - for "outstanding accomplishment" Hubble Space Telescope repair mission STS-125, May 2009
- Best Cinematography Award for his work on the IMAX 3D film Hubble 3D, 2010.
- Paris, Arkansas Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011
- Hubble 25th Anniversary Commendation - "for contributions that rival the best that NASA has achieved in innovation and overcoming challenges", 2015
- Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Arkansas - April 2-16
- Imaging Alliance, Visionary Photographer Award - January, 2017
- Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2015–Present
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), cinematography branch, 2014–Present
- Member of International Camera Guild, Local 600 - First Camera, 1987–Present
- Member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 1986–Present
Filmography (partial list)
- Hubble 3D
- NASCAR 3D
- Forces of Nature (IMAX)
- Roving Mars
- Space Station 3D (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2014)
- Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey
- Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees
- Ocean Oasis (Winner Wildscreen Film Festival Panda Award 2002 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2001)
- India, Kingdom of the Tiger
- Michael Jordan to the Max
- Olympic Glory
- L5, First City In Space
- Destiny in Space
- Mission To MIR
- Blue Planet (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2003)
- Rolling Stones At The MAX (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2010)
- The Dream Is Alive (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2002 Special Recoginition Award 2012)
- Arkansas: Center of Attraction
- The Eruption of Mount St. Helens! (Academy Award Nomination - Best Short Documentary 1980)
- Race The Wind
- Hail Columbia
- To Be An Astronaut
- On The Wing
- Darwin On The Galapagos
Other credits available on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) at: James Neihouse
- Brooks Institute#Notable alumni.2C faculty.2C and students
- "NY Times: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens!". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)