James Takata is an IATSE Local 600 camera operator residing in Los Angeles, CA. He has nearly 20 years of production experience having worked as a crew member on independent and studio feature films as well as television and commercials.

Takata has moved up through the camera department from film loader up to his current position as a camera/steadicam operator on shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Scorpion. Takata is fortunate to count cinematographers such as James Chressanthis, ASC, Nancy Schreiber, ASC and Bill Webb, ASC as professional mentors.

Takata was recently honored with a 2012 Emerging Cinematographer Award for his work shooting the short film ONLY CHILD.  He earned his BA in Studio Art from the College of William and Mary and also studied at the Art Institute of Florence.  Takata is a member of the Steadicam Guild and the Steadicam Operators Association.