Sean Sakamoto is a writer and filmmaker whose work and interests center around idea-driven narratives. From his years as a columnist for Mainichi Weekly (A New York Minute) to his role as story producer on Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe (HISTORY), and producer on the NAACP Image Award-nominated Roots: A History Revealed (HISTORY), Sean enjoys making complicated concepts and ideas accessible through storytelling.
Sean recently wrote and directed The Reception, his first short film with actors Richard Kind and Skipp Sudduth. He also recently completed Woke Up Like This, a novel that envisions a near future after Universal Basic Income has been passed.
Sean was honored to attend Breadloaf Writers Conference for the second time as a Donald Everett Axinn Returning Contributor in Fiction. Sean Sakamoto lives on Manhattan’s lower east side with his wife and son.
A short film with Richard Kind and Skipp Sudduth.
"The Reception is well-written, well-directed, and well-acted....a scary 12 minutes!" - Mildren Austin, IRISH FILM CRITIC
"The Reception" is a brilliant and spellbinding film. One of the year's best!” - Tony Toscano, ABC TV
"It’s a brilliant short film, and I wouldn’t be surprised if The Reception finds some love if we have an awards season this year." - Alan Ng, Film Threat
The Reception is the first episode in a series.
“TAKE A RIDE INTO THE DANGER ZONE/SAFE SPACE THIS SUMMER!” A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF OVERNIGHT CAMPS FOR TWO AMERICAS
Writer/ Story Producer
The Giant's Dream: The Making of The Iron Giant (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
THE GIANT'S DREAM tells the dramatic story about a rare moment in movie history that allowed, Brad Bird, a first-time director to make one of the world's greatest animated films, THE IRON GIANT.
Roots: A History Revealed (History)
An NAACP Image Award Nominee, this feature documentary directed by Anthony Giacchino explored the history behind the History remake of the series Roots.
Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe (History)
Story Producer, Field Producer
Produced by Bad Robot, this feature documentary takes a deep dive into the science behind Star Trek. With interviews from leading scientists and behind-the-scenes footage of Star Trek Into Darkness, viewers discover what lies beyond our galaxy and what it would take to get there.
PSA/ Video Script Writing
Wrote a series of 15 scripted shorts to educate a variety of audiences about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.
Wrote, directed, and produced an introductory video for a non-profit institute of academics and philosophers.