#1: Photo by William Kallay

 

   


DARYN OKADA   ASC

 

Born: 2 January 1960, Los Angeles, Calif., USA., as Daryn Tadashi Okada.

Career: Okada was born and raised in Los Angeles. He displayed a very early keen interest in the visual arts, including both still photography and motion pictures. He began documenting family trips and experimenting with a Super 8mm camera during his pre-teen years. He graduated from high school at the age of 16, and began working part-time as a projectionist at East Los Angeles City College. He worked as a volunteer on student films and low budget independent movies, mainly as a grip. He subsequently found opportunities to shoot occasional aerial sequences for commercials, and earned his first credit for 'Nomad Riders', an ultra-low budget film in 1981. During the mid-1980s his career was put on hold for several years when he was injured in a helicopter crash while shooting aerial footage.
Member of the ASC since 2002. President of the ASC [June 2006-June 2009].

Married to actress Sandra Cean Heidt [Cean Okada] [1986-present].
Appeared in the doc's 'Unmasking the Horror' [1998; about the making of 'Halloween H2O'] & 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].
Awards: ASC TV Award nom [1992] for 'In a Child's Name'.


Daryn Okada with the Sony F65 - photo Sony Pro USA

 

'Made in Jersey' and the Sony F65 [2012]: The new CBS-tv legal drama 'Made in Jersey' is the latest high-profile production to showcase the capabilities of Sony's F65 CineAlta camera. The production team for the new show is using up to six F65s at any one time, taking advantage of every aspect of the camera - from image quality to low-light performance to workflow flexibility.

Veteran director of photography Daryn Okada, ASC, said the camera fits his style of shooting in terms of matching his previous experience with film to his more recent work in the digital domain.
'I never once had to baby the camera,' Okada said. 'I shot it like film as much as possible. I didn't ND one window for this whole show and it is not even lit that brightly. There are no power windows, or secondary color correction. It's just a straight primary ACES [Academy Color Encoding System] color grade. The camera has such a wide color gamut, I can mix lighting easily - tungsten with daylight coming in and it all feels right. That's something I've only been able to do with film - until I started working with this camera.'
'But the coolest stuff is light,' Okada added. 'I really stretched the heck out of the camera. For one scene, we were in a SOHO loft with a lot of direct sunlight. The lighting was just done with Kino Flos and in existing light bouncing off the floor. I shot at f5.6 and it read like f32 - and there was still information in the blue sky. You could color time if you wanted to bring it in more, but it's entirely natural. The only thing I'm doing with the Kino Flos is just getting a little bit of face here and there, but most of it is just coming off the floor.'
'When people look at the images out of the camera, they're just ecstatic when they see the textures and the way it holds different color mixes,' he said. 'It gives you a wider palette to work with. I feel like I'm shooting more with the latitude of film. I'm not obsessing about where somebody's face or exposure goes. I'll light it by eye and use my meter as the only measuring device. If I notice something really hot there, I'll just expose it down slightly with the confidence of knowing that I have all this other information.'
The F65's shooting capabilities were just one part of the production's success. The unique and flexible file-based ACES workflow was critical to the entire project.

Okada monitored the F65 signal on-set through Technicolor's DP Lights real-time color correction system. Technicolor inserted the IDT [Input Device Transform], RRT [Reference Rendering Transform] and ODT [Output Device Transform] into the system, allowing Okada to create custom looks through the ACES pipeline. These looks traveled as the ASC Color Decision List [CDL] so Okada's creative vision would be applied to all of the dailies material as well as the final on air product. This is the first use of ACES in a major studio television series, and the first for DP Lights. [From the PVC Pro Video Coalition Website, October 2012.]


 

 FILMS

1979

Pizza Driver [John Fisher] c; short/18m; 2uc: Allen Skelly; prod Moorpark College (Calif., USA)

1979

Falling in Love Again/In Love [Steven Paul] c; addph (+ tech co-ord); ph: Dick Bush, Wolfgang Suschitzky & Michael Mileham

1981

Nomad Riders [Frank Roach] c

1981

The Beastmaster [Don Coscarelli] c; co-2uc (+ Steadicam op); ph: John Alcott

1983

Monaco Forever [William A. Levey] c; short/48m

1985

Stitches [Alan Smithee (= Rod Holcomb)] c; 2uc; ph: Héctor R. Figueroa

1986

Lady in White/The Mystery of the Lady in White [Frank LaLoggia] c; co-2uc; ph: Russell Carpenter

1987

Witness to a Killing [Chandran Rutnam] c

1988

Phantasm II [: The Never Dead Part Two] [Don Coscarelli] c; 2uc: Roberto A. Quezada; anim ph: Patric Kenly

1988

Blind Curve [Gary Markowitz] ?; short/?m

1988

Boris & Natasha/Boris & Natasha in Our Boy Badenov [Charles Martin Smith] c; 2uc: Paul Edwards; debuted on cable tv (Showtime-tv, 1992)

1989

Survival Quest [Don Coscarelli] c; addph: Roberto A. Quezada

1989

Punk Vacation [Stanley Lewis] c; addph: Christopher Lynch & Roberto A. Quezada

1990

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken [Steve Miner] c; uwph: Jordan Klein Sr.

1992

Captain Ron [Thom Eberhardt] c; 2uc: Gary Capo & Frank P. Flynn

1992

The Man Without a Face [Mel Gibson] c; uncred addph; ph: Donald McAlpine

1993

Airborne [Rob Bowman] c; 2uc: Dulce González; uwph: Yuri Farrant

1993

My Father, the Hero [Steve Miner] c; 2uc: Nick McLean; aph (New York): Donald Sweeney; remake of 'Mon père, ce héros' (1991, Gérard Lauzier; ph: Patrick Blossier)

1994

Immortal Beloved [Bernard Rose] p/c; uncred addph; ph: Peter Suschitzky

1995

Big Bully [Steve Miner] c

1995

Black Sheep [Penelope Spheeris] c; 2uc: Raymond Stella

1996

[Leo Tolstoy's] Anna Karenina [Bernard Rose] p/c

1997

Celine Dion - The Concert [Bud Schaetzle] c/V; concert film/87m; + co-c.op; filmed 14-15 March (Memphis, Tennessee)

1997

Senseless [Penelope Spheeris] c; 2uc: Jamie Thompson

1997

The X Files/The X-Files [Rob Bowman] s35/c; co-addph; ph: Ward Russell

1997

Payback [Brian Helgeland] s35/c; uncred addph (reshoots); ph: Ericson Core

1998

Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later [Steve Miner] s35/c; stop-motion ph: Ken Rudolph

1998

Lake Placid [Steve Miner] p/c; uwph: Pauline Heaton & Mike Thomas

1999

Texas Rangers [Steve Miner] p/c; addph: James W. Wrenn; 2uc: Don McCuaig & (Mexico) Cameron McDonald

2000

Dr. Dolittle 2 [Steve Carr] s35/c; 2uc (+ vfx ph): Tony Cutrono

2001

Joe Somebody [John Pasquin] c; 2uc: Afshin Shahidi; main title seq ph: Mark Eberle

2002

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat [David Raynr] c; stand-up comedy/113m; filmed in 2 days at the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.

2002

Cradle 2 the Grave [Andrzej Bartkowiak] s35/c; 2uc: Robert LaBonge & Philip C. Pfeiffer; aph: Phil Pastuhov

2003

Paparazzi [Paul Abascal] s35/c

2003

Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! [Robert Luketic] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Peter Lyons Collister

 

With dir Mark Waters - "Mean Girls"

 

2003

Mean Girls [Mark Waters] c

2004

Just Like Heaven [Mark Waters] c

2005

Stick It [Jessica Bendinger] c; 2uc: Larry Blanford; ph splinter unit: Steve Adcock

2005

Apocalypto [Mel Gibson] HD+35mm+s16-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; UK ph; ph: Dean Semler

2006

Sex and Death 101 [Daniel Waters] c

2007

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay [Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg] c

2007

Baby Mama [Michael McCullers] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: Gerard Sava

2007

KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219 [Tim Wainwright] s35-to-HD/c; short/13m; addph: Christopher Pearson; Rochester ph: Thom Marini; Eastman Kodak Company ph: Christopher Hart; demonstration film for new film stock

2007

The Goods - Live Hard. Sell Hard/The Goods: The Don Ready Story [Neal Brennan] c; 2uc: Steve Adcock; aph: Douglas Holgate

2008

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past [Mark Waters] s35/c; 2uc: David M. Dunlap; aph: Brian Heller

2010

Movie 43/Truth or Dare [seg #3 'The Proposition' dir by Steve Carr] RED-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 14 seg; other ph: William Rexer, Matthew Leonetti, Newton Thomas Sigel, Eric Scherbarth, Mattias Andersson Rudh, Steve Gainer, Frank DeMarco & Tim Suhrstedt; shot over a period of several years; released in 2013

2011

American Reunion/American Pie: Reunion [John Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Steve Adcock; film #4 of 'American Pie'-series

2013

Let's Be Cops [Luke Greenfield] HD (Sony F55 & F65)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; splinter/stunt & insert unit ph (Atlanta): Richard Crudo

2013

Dolphin Tale 2 [Charles Martin Smith] HD (Sony F55)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; uwph: Bob Talbot & Peter Zuccarini

2014

Emma [Howard Lukk] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/13m; prod uses an HDR (High Dynamic Range) finish during post-production to improve picture quality

 

 TELEVISION

1989

Elvis: Good Rockin' Tonight [Steve Miner, a.o.] 9-part series, 1990; 2uc: Jeff Wolf

1990

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show [Dave Thomas] comedy special/30m; cph: Michael Negrin

1990

Checkered Flag/Thunder Race/Against the Odds [John Glen & Michael Levine] pilot/60m; addph; ph: William Fraker

1990

Blind Vengeance [Lee Philips] tvm

1991

In a Child's Name [Tom McLoughlin] 2-part tvm

1992

Laurie Hill [pilot dir by Steve Miner] 9-part (5 unaired) series

1992

This Is Michael Bolton [Bud Schaetzle] concert film/60m (VHS/86m); co-doc ph; concert ph (in August): Marc Reshovsky

1993

The Women of Country [Bud Schaetzle] mus special/120m; cph: David Conley, Richard DiGregorio & Bruce Dorfman

1993

Eyes of Terror/Visions of Terror [Sam Pillsbury] tvm

1993

Separated by Murder [Donald Wrye] tvm

1994

The Road [ep (60m) dir by Mike McNamara, Bud Schaetzle, Steven Goldmann & Adam Cohen] doc/concert series, 1994-95; concert ph; doc ph: Austin De Besche & Chris Mosio

1995

A Mother's Instinct [Sam Pillsbury] tvm; cph: Matthew Williams

1995

Reba: Starting Over [Bud Schaetzle] mus special/60m; cph: Rob Cowlyn; filmed at the Andrew Jackson Theater, Nashville, Tenn.

1995

Wynonna: Revelations [Jim Yukich] mus special (doc + concert)/120m; cph: Jeff Zimmerman, Jack Lawrence, Jay Kulick, a.o.

1996

Vanishing Point [Charles Robert Carner] tvm; 2uc: Michael Goi; remake of film (1970, Richard C. Sarafian; ph: John A. Alonzo)

1996

Kathie Lee - Just in Time for Christmas [Bud Schaetzle] mus special/58m

1997

Dawson's Creek [pilot 'Emotions in Motion/Signpost' dir by Steve Miner] 128-part series, 1998-2003; 1st season, 1998; other ph: Karl Herrmann

1997

Sawyer Brown: Where Christmas Goes [Michael McNamara] mus special/60m

1999

Wasteland [pilot dir by Steve Miner] 13-part (10 unaired) series; other ph: Robert Seaman

2000

Good Advice [Steve Rash] tvm; Japan ph: Yuji Imai

2000

Dog Days [John Fortenberry] pilot; for ABC-tv

2009

Eva Adams/Lalola [Mark Waters] pilot/HD (Genesis); for Fox-tv

2009

Castle [ep #28 'Boom!' dir by John Terlesky & #29 'Wrapped Up in Death' dir by Bill Roe] 173-part series/s35 (seasons 1-5)-to-HD, 2009-16; 2nd season, 2009-10 (24 ep)

2010

Castle [5 ep dir by various] 3rd season, 2010-11; see 2009

2011

Switched at Birth [pilot 'This Is Not a Pipe' dir by Steve Miner] series/HD, 2011-present; 1st season, 2011-12; other ph: Russ Alsobrook

2011

Castle [9 ep dir by various] 4th season, 2011-12; see 2009

2012

Made in Jersey/Baby Big Shot [ep #2-4 & #6-8 dir by various] 8-part series/HD (Sony F65), 2012; other ph: Bobby Bukowski (pilot); see above

2013

Franklin & Bash [7 ep (#21-27) dir by various] 40-part series/HD, 2011-14; 3rd season, 2013 (10 ep); other ph: Matthew Clark

2014

Castle [15 ep dir by various] 7th season/HD (ARRI ALEXA Studio), 2014-15 (23 ep); filmed 2014-15; see 2009

2015

Scandal [ep #71 'Yes' dir by Tony Goldwyn & #77 'Rasputin' dir by John Terlesky] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2012-present; 5th season, 2015-16 (15 ep)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1978

Runamuk [Tom Greene; tv-pilot/25m] best boy (as Darren Okada); ph: Kevin Kelly

1978

Phantasm/The Never Dead [Don Coscarelli] co-grip; ph: Don Coscarelli

1978

Runaway Nightmare [Mike Cartel] key grip; ph: Enzo Giobbé

1979

Microwave Massacre [Wayne Berwick] key grip; ph: Karen Grossman

1979

Fear No Evil/Mark of the Beast/Lucifer [Frank LaLoggia] post-prod superv; ph: Fred Goodich

1982

Frightmare/Body Snatchers [Norman Thaddeus Vane] key grip; ph: Joel King

 

"Ladies Night"

 

1982

Ladies Night [Enzo Giobbé; s16-35bu] c.op; ph: Enzo Giobbé

1996

The Decline of Western Civilization Part III [Penelope Spheeris; doc] video-to-film c.op; ph: Jamie Thompson