Originally hailing from Nagano, Japan, Nao moved to California in 1996 to study film. First earning a BA in film & digital media from UC Santa Cruz, and later a MFA in cinema from SF State University, Nao has spent more than 15 years working on film and television productions throughout San Francisco Bay Area and Japan. When not paying the bills, Nao has been devoted to making his own films of many genres, including experimental works that feature live music and elements of audience interaction.
Nao is a freelance filmmaker whose versatile production skills include location sound engineering, sound design, editing, producing, videography, and assistant camera. Currently, Nao works for foreign TV and film productions in Japan as a fixer, production coordinator, translator, sound recordist, and videographer. He has worked for documentary film productions for award winning directors such as Lucien Castaing-Tayler and Verena Paravel (Leviathan, 2012, US&France), Sam Green (Academy Award Nominee, Weather Underground 2002, US), Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, 2007, Canada) Yuriko Romer (Ms. Judo, 2012, US), Anastasia Kirillova (Sleepers Beat, 2014, Sweden), Kyoko Miyake (Tokyo Idols, 2017, UK), and Steven Dhoedt (Reach for the SKY, 2015, Belgium). He has also worked with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Animal Planet and Amazing Race on CBS, Canada's premier documentary film studio Eye Steel Film.
I have been in the industry since 2001.