Independence Day Resurgent
Jim graduated from UCLA’s film school where he specialized in documentary filmmaking and shot Navajo Talking Picture which premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival and screened on PBS. In the early 90s he shot and produced 20 segments for the 90s, a PBS documentary series sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. He shot portions of Jennifer in Jail - Lifetime Television, Space Age - Nova/PBS, Mummies from the Tomb - National Geographic, 1918 Influenza - American Experience/PBS Louis Theroux’s BBC’s Survivalist Idaho. He also shot 30 A&E’s Biography segments featuring such stars as Joan Collins and Robert Wagner. In 1997 he filmed 16mm segments of PBS- P.O.V’s Honk if you Love Buddha, and won the Documentary Cinematographer’s award at Sundance.
In 2005-2008 he shot and provided additional editing for Fuel, featuring biofuels pioneer Josh Tickell. Fuel won the Sundance Documentary Audience Award in 2008. In 2010 he shot portions of Bhutto- an official selection for Sundance 2010 and segments in Louisiana for Harmony - an NBC doc featuring Prince Charles warning of environmental perils that screened at Sundance London 2012. He also produced and edited funding promos for Solazyme, an algae based Silicon Valley startup that let to a NASDAQ IPO in 2011.
At the same time Jim continued to provide publicity content for Hollywood studios. He shot Life After Film School for FX and theatrical ads for Justified and American Horror Story and creative content for Showtime’s Californication, Homeland, Shameless, Cinemax’s Banshee, CBS’s Hawaii Five 0, Vegas, and Fox’s Glee. He also shot a series of commercials for hotelplanner.com and Disney tie ins featuring Cat Cora with Honda and Got Milk.
In 2013 for 3 1/2 months in Chicago Jim was embedded with Divergent - the Lionsgate action thriller staring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, and Kate Winslet. In 2014 for four months in Atlanta he shot BTS and Promo material for Insurgent -the sequel to Divergent. He also shot a series of FX Network tie ins with Ford, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut and segments for Discovery Digital in Aspen featuring wing suit jumper Jobe Ogwyn practicing for a jump off Everest.
In the Fall of 2014 and winter of 2015 he traveled to Pittsburgh and shot BTS and Promo material over a two month period for Concussion, staring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks.
In the Summer of 2015 he was embedded with Independence Day Resurgence - the Roland Emmerich directed Fox Studio's feature where he shot footage and promos with Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Liam Hemsworth in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In the Winter of 2016 he traveled to the Dominican Republic and shot content for XXX:The Return of Xander Cage starring Vin Diesel. He also shot interview segments featuring Tom Cruise in New Orleans and Dwayne Johnson at the MTV Awards for Paramount's Talking to Hollywood featuring Betty Zhou and green screen content for Independence Day Resurgent.
In the Spring of 2016 he used vintage lenses and fresnel lighting to give a stylized look to a promo for Sony Studio's Sausage Party featuring Seth Rogan.