James Neihouse

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James Neihouse
Born James Lawson Neihouse
(1955-04-03) April 3, 1955 (age 62)
Paris, Arkansas, U.S
Other names James Neihouse
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Leslie Vock (1985–present; 2 children)

James Lawson Neihouse (born April 3, 1955) is an American cinematographer who has been involved with many of the most memorable and successful IMAX 2D[1] and IMAX 3D films to date.

Early life[edit]

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[2] 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![3] which was nominated for Best Documentary Short in 1980.[4]

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.

Awards[edit]

  • Silver Snoopy[5] - 2001, presented by the Astronauts for outstanding contributions to mission safety and success.
  • Best Cinematography Award[6] for his work on the IMAX 3D film Space Station 3D, 2002.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award[7] - 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[8] Alumni Association of Brooks Institute, 2008.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award[7] - for "outstanding accomplishment" Hubble Space Telescope repair mission STS-125, May 2009
  • Best Cinematography Award[9] 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

Organizations[edit]

Filmography (partial list)[edit]

Hubble 3D
NASCAR 3D
Forces of Nature (IMAX)[11]
Roving Mars[12]
Space Station 3D (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2014[13])
Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey
Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees
Bears
Ocean Oasis (Winner Wildscreen Film Festival Panda Award 2002[14] Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2001[14][15])
India, Kingdom of the Tiger
Michael Jordan to the Max
Olympic Glory
Mexico
L5, First City In Space
Whales
Destiny in Space
Mission To MIR
Blue Planet (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2003[16])
Rolling Stones At The MAX (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2010[17])
The Dream Is Alive (IMAX Hall of Fame Inductee 2002[18] Special Recoginition Award 2012[19])
Arkansas: Center of Attraction
The Eruption of Mount St. Helens! (Academy Award Nomination - Best Short Documentary 1980[20])
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

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