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Harry Earl Otto (born 23 June 1955; age 61) is a Set Designer and Art Director for film and television productions. He worked as Senior Set Designer on 2009's Star Trek and as Art Director on its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. For his work on both films, Otto earned ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nominations in the category Fantasy Film. More recently, according to the IMDb, Otto is working as Art Director on the 2016 sequel Star Trek Beyond.
On Into Darkness, Otto worked on the technical drawings of the USS Vengeance bridge and on the refuse chute, the bridge reconstruction, the circuation lobby and corridor sets and the security area including the prisoners holding cell aboard the USS Enterprise. 
Otto received a CSU International Program from the Danish Royal Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. He made his first steps into the entertainment industry by working as set designer on the television series Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, The Single Guy, Ally McBeal, and ER.
Otto was nominated for an Excellence in Production Design Awards from the Art Directors Guild for his work on the Steven Spielberg films A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Minority Report. Otto and Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek Nemesis set designer Martha Johnston were nominated for an Excellence in Production Design Award for their work on the 2003 film The Last Samurai, which was written by Nemesis scribe John Logan. Otto and Johnston then won an Excellence in Production Design Award for their work on Spielberg's The Terminal, with Jude Ciccolella and Zoë Saldana. He received another ADG Award nomination in 2012 for his work on the science fiction western Cowboys & Aliens, written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof. Otto previously worked under Star Trek's supervising art director, Keith P. Cunningham, on the films Van Helsing and Rent.
In addition, Otto and fellow Star Trek set designers Kevin Cross, Andrea Dopaso, and Anne Porter all worked on the 2007 film Spider-Man 3, which starred James Cromwell and Kirsten Dunst. Otto also worked with Kevin Cross on Rent and with Andrea Dopaso on The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and Van Helsing. He worked with Star Trek art director Luke Freeborn on Van Helsing, as well; Otto and Freeborn also collaborated on Minority Report and The Terminal. Other Star Trek set designers and art directors Otto has worked with include Curt Beech (on Failure to Launch), Dawn Brown Manser (on A.I. Artificial Intelligence), and Andrew Reeder (on Imposter).
Otto was an art director for the first ten episodes of the 2007 season of the hit Fox Network series 24. Alexander Siddig was a recurring guest star on the series at this time. He also worked on Castle between 2009 and 2010, as assistant art director on the 2008 action comedies Tropic Thunder (featuring Reggie Lee) and Bedtime Stories (featuring Paul Dooley and Keri Russell), and as additional photography art director on the science fiction project John Carter (2012).
More recently, Otto was a set designer on the sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and the music drama Jersey Boys (2014), art director on the mystery drama Transcendence (2014) and on the action drama American Sniper (2014), assistant art director and set designer on the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 (2014, starring Chris Pine), and set designer on the television series Secrets & Lies (2014, along with Timothy M. Earls).
Star Trek awards Edit
ADG Execellence in Production Design Awards Edit
- 2010 ADG Award nomination in the category Fantasy Film for Star Trek, shared with Scott Chambliss, Dennis Bradford, Curt Beech, Luke Freeborn, Beat Frutiger, Gary Kosko, Aaron Haye, Keith P. Cunningham, Clint Schultz, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Paul Ozzimo, John Eaves, Bruce G. Smith, Karen Manthey, C. Scott Baker, Dawn Brown, Kevin Cross, Andrea Dopaso, Jeff Frost, Scott Herbertson, Joseph Hiura, Billy Hunter, Anne Porter, Andrew Reeder, and Jane Wuu
- 2014 ADG Award nomination in the category Fantasy Film for Star Trek Into Darkness, shared with Scott Chambliss, Ramsey Avery, James Clyne, Lauren Polizzi, Kasra Farahani, Michael E. Goldman, Andrew E.W. Murdock, Jason Baldwin Stewart, Natasha Gerasimova, Steve Christensen, Andrea Dopaso, John Eaves, Nathan Schroeder, Ryan Church, Christopher Ross, Victor Martinez, Steven Messing, Karl Strahlendorf, John Chichester, Tex Kadonaga, Kevin Cross, Andrew Reeder, Anne Porter, Jane Wuu, Richard F. Mays, Allen Coulter, Karl Martin, Scott Schneider, Lorrie Campbell, Easton Smith, Tammy Lee, Tim Croshaw, Clint Schultz, and Karen Manthey
On Into Darkness, he worked closely with James Clyne and Kasra Farahani on the 3D models of the USS Vengeance bridge including its consoles and the corridor consoles, the Vengeance exterior look, the initial concept model of the K'normian trading ship interior, and the garbage barge look for the climatic fight sequence.  For this work, Kadonaga received an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award nomination in the category Fantasy Film in 2014 which he shared with Scott Chambliss, Ramsey Avery, James Clyne, Lauren Polizzi, Kasra Farahani, Michael E. Goldman, Harry E. Otto, Andrew E.W. Murdock, Jason Baldwin Stewart, Natasha Gerasimova, Steve Christensen, Andrea Dopaso, John Eaves, Nathan Schroeder, Ryan Church, Christopher Ross, Victor Martinez, Steven Messing, Karl Strahlendorf, John Chichester, Kevin Cross, Andrew Reeder, Anne Porter, Jane Wuu, Richard F. Mays, Allen Coulter, Karl Martin, Scott Schneider, Lorrie Campbell, Easton Smith, Tammy Lee, Tim Croshaw, Clint Schultz, and Karen Manthey.
1980s – 2009 Edit
Kadonaga graduated with an Industrial Design Major from the Ontario College of Art in Ontario, Canada in 1988 and with a Production Design Major from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1990. Throughout the 1990s he worked for the effects companies Commotion, Inc. and Landmark Entertainment Group before he joined Rhythm & Hues as CG Artist, Art Director and Designer in 1993. Since 2002 he is also working as Art Director for Electronic Arts located in Redwood City, California.
As part of Rhythm & Hues he worked on concept art for the Argo shuttle in Star Trek Nemesis, but the contract was awarded to another visual effects company.  Other projects as 3D modeler, art director, and artist as part of Rhythm & Hues include the adventure Babe (1995, with James Cromwell) and its sequel Babe: Pig in the City (1998), the comedy The Associate (1996, with Whoopi Goldberg), the fantasy comedy Mystery Men (1999), the science fiction comedy What Planet Are You From? (2000), the science fiction thriller The Sixth Day (2000), the comedies Cats & Dogs (2001) and Scooby-Doo (2002), the action sequel The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), the adventure comedy Night at the Museum (2006), the comedy sequel Evan Almighty (2007), the comedy remake Land of the Lost (2009), and the fantasy film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009).
Early in his career, Kadonaga worked at Arcca Animation on the television series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987-1988). His credits as art director include the video games Race for Atlantis (1998), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (2004).
2010 – today Edit
Kadonaga worked as costume modeler on the science fiction sequel TRON: Legacy (2010) and as digital set designer on the drama 2012 (2009), James Cameron's science fiction blockbuster Avatar (2009), the comic adaptation Thor (2011, starring Chris Hemsworth), the science fiction film Cowboys & Aliens (2011), the drama Real Steel (2011), the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and the fantasy film Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013).
In 2010 he received an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award from the Art Directors Guild in the category Fantasy Film for his work on Avatar. He shared this award with fellow Trek artists Robert Stromberg, Dorian Bustamante, Ryan Church, James Clyne, Paul Ozzimo, Daphne Yap, C. Scott Baker, Scott Herbertson, Joseph Hiura, Karl J. Martin, Andrew Reeder, and Gregory Jein. In 2012 he received another nomination in the category Fantasy Film for his work on Cowboys & Aliens and won an ADG Award in the category Contemporary Film for his work on the mystery drama The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
More recent credits as Set Designer include the animated movie Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013) and the science fiction film Tomorrowland (2015, written and produced by Damon Lindelof, music by Michael Giacchino, and production design by Scott Chambliss).
- Kadonaga.net – official site
- Harry E. Otto at the Internet Movie Database
- Tex Kadonaga at ArtDirectorsGuild.org
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