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David A. Takemura (born 10 September 1964; age 53) is a visual effects (VFX) artist, coordinator and supervisor who worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. He was also the visual effects supervisor for Star Trek: First Contact. His work on Star Trek earned Takemura two Emmy Awards, both of which won in 1992, an additional three nominations, complemented by a Visual Effects Society Award in 2005.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Marketing/Advertising), David Takemura's career took on an entirely different path, when he "(...)heard that they were in pre-production for the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode. After interviewing with Bob Justman, I became one of the two production assistants [note: the other one being Dana White] that started with the show that first season. Most of our responsibilities revolved around the office: answering phones, copying scripts, getting lunches, etc."  His position on the new show was Takemura's first gainful employment after graduation. When the first season went into full swing, Peter Lauritson promoted him to post-production assistant/visual effects associate and assigned him in this junior visual effects position to the two teams of Gary Hutzel/Robert Legato and Dan Curry/Ronald B. Moore, where he was able to learn the tricks of the trade. "David worked with both teams in various capacities and was instrumental in making it all happen", an appreciative Curry stated. (Cinefantastique, Vol 23,#5, p. 62)
David Takemura's opportunity for advancement came when Deep Space Nine went into production in 1993. The visual effects team of Gary Hutzel and Robert Legato were assigned to the new production, and in order to fill the gap for the remaining two seasons of The Next Generation, left behind by their departure, David Stipes, with whom Takemura was paired, was hired as visual effects supervisor. It was on this occasion that Takemura was promoted into the senior position as visual effects coordinator. Upon the conclusion of the sixth seson of The Next Generation, Takemura transferred to Deep Space Nine to start working on that series' second season, and where he was paired up with Glenn Neufeld in the same position. During the fourth season of that series, Takemura was given the opportunity to flex his muscles as visual effects supervisor on two early episodes, "The Visitor" and "Rejoined", a position he was permanently promoted into at the end of that season, and which he held for the remainder of his tenure at the franchise.
David Takemura was one of the relatively few senior visual effects staffers of the television franchise, who was also given a chance to serve as such on one of the Star Trek movies. In Takemura's case it was First Contact, after Ron B. Moore declined the offer, where he served as the responsible visual effects supervisor on the scenes of the Borg torpedo attack on the town, the corridor phaser fight with the Borg, Geordi-Vision and Geordi's bionic eyeballs, the 1940's holodeck, and the landing of the Vulcan Ship at the end of the movie. Additionally, like Ron B. Moore, Takemura became one of the very few Star Trek staffers in any function (the exclusive assembly including among others Rick Berman, Peter Lauritson and Michael Okuda), to have officially served uninterrupted for the full eighteen years on the entire run of the modern television franchise, having worked on all series at one time or another, unlike Moore who missed out on Deep Space Nine.
His name appeared in an okudagram reference in the second season episode "The Outrageous Okona", where he was listed as a noted comedian. He later had an explosive, Takemurium lite, named after him in an okudagram in the fourth season episode "Night Terrors", as well as a noted doctor, a Starfleet officer, and D. Takemura whose names can be seen in various episodes. In 1996 he and John Knoll were interviewed by Larry Nemecek for the article "Light & Magic" in the Star Trek: First Contact - Official Movie Souvenir Magazine.
After an absence of twelve years, Takemura rejoined the Star Trek television franchise in 2017 in a senior VFX position, that of (Senior) Visual Effects Coordinator for fifteen episodes of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, in the process becoming one of the few most senior veteran television production staffers, to do so.
Career outside Star TrekEdit
While the Star Trek live-action franchise was still in production, Takemura also worked during its summer hiatus as visual effects supervisor on the television science fiction film Star Patrol (2000, with Lee Stringer), the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), the television series Birds of Prey (2002-2003), the television comedy Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003), and the short film Air (2004). After the Star Trek live-action franchise was suspended indefinitely, he worked on the drama English as a Second Language (2005, with Paul Hill and John Hirota), the pilot episode of Secrets of a Small Town (2006, with John F. Gross), and the television series Ghost Whisperer (2006). He also worked on the mystery thriller What Lies Beneath (2000) and the action remake Charlie's Angels (2000).
In 2007 Takemura joined the visual effects team of Ronald D. Moore's remake of the Battlestar Galactica franchise as a visual effects coordinator. His work includes the television movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007), the mini series Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy (2008-2009), the television series Battlestar Galactica (2008-2009), the video production The Plan (2009), and the spin-off series Caprica (2009-2010) and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (2011). In 2008 Takemura won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for the Battlestar Galactica episode "He That Believe in Me", shared with Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, Kyle Toucher, Pierre Drolet, Derek Ledbetter, and Sean M. Jackson. In 2013 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Blood and Chrome, a nomination he again shared with Drexler, Hutzel, Toucher. Ledbetter, as well as with David R. Morton.
Other projects as visual effects producer include the television series Saving Grace (2007) and Moonlight (2007-2008) and as visual effects coordinator the pilot episode of the Knight Rider remake (2008), the television thriller Virtuality (2009), and the action film Drive Angry 3D (2011). In 2012 Takemura again rejoined former Star Trek colleagues Drexler and Hutzel to work as visual effects coordinator on the science fiction series Defiance, helping the team to win another, 2013 Emmy Award nomination, though he himself was not among the nominees.
Star Trek credits Edit
(This list is currently incomplete.)
- "The Outrageous Okona" – Visual Effects Artist (uncredited) (Season 2)
- "Deja Q" – Visual Effects Associate (Season 3)
- "A Matter of Perspective" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Yesterday's Enterprise" – Visual Effects Associate
- "The Offspring" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Sins of the Father" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Allegiance" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Captain's Holiday" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Tin Man" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Hollow Pursuits" – Visual Effects Associate
- "The Most Toys" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Sarek" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Ménage à Troi" – Visual Effects Associate
- "Transfigurations" – Visual Effects Associate
- "The Best of Both Worlds" – Visual Effects Associate
- Season 4 – Visual Effects Associate (26 episodes)
- Season 5 – Visual Effects Associate (26 episodes)
- "Realm of Fear" – Visual Effects Coordinator (Season 6)
- "Relics" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "True Q" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "A Fistful of Datas" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Chain of Command, Part I" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Ship in a Bottle" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Face of the Enemy" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Birthright, Part I" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Starship Mine" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "The Chase" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Suspicions" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Second Chances" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- "Descent" – Visual Effects Coordinator
- VOY: – Visual Effects Supervisor
- DIS: – Visual Effects Coordinator
- Star Trek: First Contact – Visual Effects Supervisor
Star Trek awards Edit
David Takemura received the following award wins and nominations:
Emmy Award Edit
As Visual Effect Associate/Coordinator, Takemura received the following Emmy Awards and nominations in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects:
- 1991 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "The Best of Both Worlds", shared with Gary Hutzel, Robert Legato, Michael Okuda, Don Greenberg, Erik Nash, Steve Price, Syd Dutton, Robert Stromberg, Bill Taylor, and Don Lee
- 1991 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", shared with Robert Legato, Gary Hutzel, Patrick Clancey, Steve Price, Michael Okuda, Erik Nash, Syd Dutton, Bill Taylor, and Don Lee
- 1992 Emmy Award for the episode "A Matter of Time", shared with Dan Curry, Ronald B. Moore, Erik Nash, Don Lee, Peter Sternlicht, Adam Howard, Syd Dutton, and Robert Stromberg
- 1992 Emmy Award for the episode "Conundrum", shared with Robert Legato, Gary Hutzel, Patrick Clancey, Adrian Hurley, Adam Howard, Don Lee, and Dennis Hoerter
- 1995 Emmy Award nomination for the episode "The Jem'Hadar", shared with Glenn Neufeld, Erik Nash, Joshua Cushner, Les Bernstien, Adam Howard, Patrick Clancey, and Don Lee
Visual Effects Society Award Edit
- 2005 VES Award win in the category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series for the episode "Storm Front, Part II", shared with Ronald B. Moore, Dan Curry, and Fred Pienkos