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as Supervising Art Director
as Production Designer
as Art Director
as Art Director
as Production Designer
as Art Director

music video

"End Game"


Rika Nakanishi was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. Her father was a fashion designer and together with her mother, her parents owned a clothing line and a boutique. Her father was also a writer of film reviews for publications and magazines in Japan. He took young Rika along with him to screenings and gave her a unique window from which to view the construction of film and the telling of a good story. At an early age, Rika was also a sponsored skateboarder and was competing as one of a few female sponsored skaters at that time. Drawn towards the artistic opportunities Los Angeles promised to offer, Rika moved to the city in the late 1980s and studied fine arts for a few years under acclaimed artist, Martin Lubner. He taught her how to see things in a unique way and to listen to her own inner voice which takes courage. Both her Asian background as well as her exposure to American culture added an original East-West flavor to visually tell stories. Rika studied film at UCLA and shortly after graduation started to work with a Production Designer,Tom Brown for a number of years. They worked on numerous live theater presentations and television shows for BET. Beginning her career as an art director during the mid 1990s, Rika worked on various hip-hop related shows featuring, to name just a few, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and many more. During the late1990’s Rika took on the challenge of becoming a production designer crossing over to commercials and feature films. This gave her the opportunity to expand her creativity into other medias as well; music videos, theme park designs, and restaurant and hotel designs. Directors such as Nicolas Winding Refn, Tom Hooper, Sofia Coppola, and Alejandoro Gonzales Inarritu, have been particularly impressed by Rika’s dependability, her ability to deliver, and her special flare influenced by her bicultural and international background. Rika has traveled extensively and has worked on various films and commercials in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Mexico, New York, Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, Cincinnati, Tucson, Hawaii), Canada (Vancouver) and the Pacific Rims (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea).  No matter in what city or what country she works in, she skillfully puts together a crew of locals that get the job done on time and on budget. Rika, fluent in both English and Japanese, plans to continue her never-ending journey while always discovering new things. She surfs and plays golf regularly, and keeps her home base in Los Angeles; however, she also enjoys her second home in Japan.



Project: Interior Design 

Location: Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe - Oakland CA