It’s been a busy year for Film department Lab Specialist James Neihouse. In April he was at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. to deliver two IMAX cameras to the museum’s permanent collection. Last week, he was in Sacramento, California, for the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s annual meeting, where he was part of a team recognized for their work on The Dream is Alive, a 1985 IMAX film about space exploration on NASA’s Challenger shuttle. James was the film’s Director of Photography, and trained astronauts on how to use the IMAX cameras in space.
“It was a tremendous honor to receive this award from the Giant Screen Cinema Association,” says James. “The Dream is Alive has been one of the highlights of my career and life. To have your peers acknowledge the work you do is the utmost compliment, and to be able to share it with Graeme, Toni, Ben, David, and George [fellow crew members on the film] made the night even more special.”
Over the course of his 25-plus year career, James has trained more than 120 NASA astronauts, and won several cinematography awards for his work on the IMAX films, including a GSCA Best Cinematography Award for Hubble 3D in 2010.
Pictured above, from left to right: David Keighley, Ben Burtt, George Mulhern, Graeme Ferguson, Toni Myers, and James Neihouse