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I believe that good cinematography is good visual storytelling. I care deeply about point-of-view and emotional subtext, and I try to use expressive lighting and careful camera placement to highlight both. Most of all, I think film should be about human connection - exploring relationships in the context of a story and also what we feel for the characters on screen.

I live and work in Los Angeles.

Education:

BA in Mathematics, Harvard University

MFA in Cinematography, American Film Institute

Apprenticeship, Ellen Kuras (Eternal

Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

Fox DP Development Lab

LOCAL 600

Representation:
Features: Danica Pupa 
dp@intrinsic-la.com

hkitasei@gmail.com
917-741-2842

Commercials: Michael Kirschner
mk@instrinsic-la.com

Features

Worth the Wait

Director: Tom Lin

Producers: Rachel Tan, Dan Mark, Vincent Xie, Marcus Englefield, George Lee

Starring: Lana Condor, Ross Butler, Andrew Koji, Sung Kang, Elodie Yung, Karena Kar-Yan Lam, Osric Chau, Kheng Hua Tan, Ali Fumiko Whitney, Ricky He

King Street Pictures

Waymaker

Jupiter Peak Productions

Salvation

Director: Mackenzie Munro

Producers: Jason Armstrong, Rob Goodrich, Kari Skogland

Starring: Claire Forlani, Skeet Ulrich, Thomas Jane, Ashley Moore

Walk Like a Duck Entertainment

Blonde Mamba

American Solitaire

Director: Aaron Davidman

Producers: Lisa Bruce, Aaron Davidman, Dylan Kussman, David Oyelowo

Starring: Joshua Close, Gilbert Owuor

Complexity Pictures

Daughter

Director: Corey Deshon

Producers: Tracy Chitupatham

Starring: Casper Van Dien, Vivien Ngo, Ian Alexander, Elyse Dinh

Thirteenth Floor Pictures

OneWorld Entertainment

Lady

Director: Marianna Palka

Producers: Robin Conly, Amy Byer Shainman, Devin Sidell

Starring: Devin Sidell, Jaime King, Michael Roark, Leslie Ann Warren

Lady Parts

Paulie Go!

Director: Andrew Nackman

Producers: Jake Greene, Lauren Hogarth, Laura Ivey 

Starring: Ethan Dizon, Madison Wolfe, Bernard White

Tate Productions

1091 Pictures

Unconformity

Director: Jonathan DiMaio

Producers: Jonathan DiMaio, Frank Hall Green, Joseph Stephans

Starring: Alex Oliver, Jack Mulhern, Jeremy Holm

Topiary Productions

Indie Rights

Surviving the Sleepover

Director: Patricia Frontain

Producers: Jacob Horn, AJ Kelly

Starring: Josh Bertell, Sloan Mannino

Lifetime

Goodflix

Johnson Production Group

The Unborn

Director: Tal Lazar

Producers: Ohad Ashkenazi, Tal Lazar, David M Milch, Assaf Mor, Phil Newsom

Starring: Clifton Samuels, J Richey Nash, Manni L Perez

MiLa Media

Giant Hunter Media

Mor Productions

Commercials and Music Video (Selects)

Client

Director

Prod. Co.

Hallow (Superbowl Commercial),

featuring Mark Wahlberg & Jonathan Roumie

Timothy Reckart

Venture

East West Bank

Evan Leong

Arowana Films

Holoplayer One

Najeeb Tarazi

Sandwich Video

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Timothy Reckart

Knox Avenue Films

Kevita Kombucha

Michael Langan

BuzzFeed

Queen Sugar Featurette, featuring Ava Duvernay

OWN

ULTA

Najeeb Tarazi

More Media

Hippo Campus | Western Kids

Najeeb Tarazi

Bond Films

Amazon Featurette | A League of Their Own

FrameworkLA

Documentary and Short Form Work (Selects)

Meet Cute, starring Juno Temple & John Bass | Dir. Ben Smith and Megan McDonnell 

Strong Independent Women, starring Maria Bamford |Dir. Jennette McCurdy

Kenny | Dir. Jennette McCurdy

Lives of Women: Ep. Milana Vayntrub | Dir. Kestrin Pantera | 60 Sec Docs

Larry in the Sky with Diamonds, starring Peter Kim & Rex Lee | Dir. David Sonnenborn

Or (Someone) Else, starring Emily Althaus & Peter Mark | Dir. Caroline Rose Giuliani

Momma | Dir. Corey Aumiller

Grand Opening | Dir. Timothy Reckart

The Myken Project, feature project | Dir. Saya Kitasei

Layers: The Art of Hadi Salehi's Photography | Dir. Bita Shafipour, Prod. Chris Boyd

Ching Chong Blues, 3 Episode Series, starring Nelson Cheng, Stephanie Drake | Dir. Joshua Fu, Prod. Sarah Winshall

Panchagavya |Co-Dir. Shriya Pilgaonkar

Hit it and Quit It | Dir. Shelby Farrell

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