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Creative • Motivated • Collaborator

Hi, my name is James.

I have over 15 years experience as a Producer, Director, Creative Director, Camera Op/DP, and Video Editor including Motion Graphics and Audio skills. I regularly work with in-house content teams helping to bring to life engaging stories, brand content, corporate content, and social media experiences. I'm a natural storyteller with strong narrative instincts and am able to tell an efficient story – quickly discerning what material is essential to the piece and how to creatively solve for challenges or iterations required in the creative process.

I edit high quality videos quickly and independently often working with footage from other videographers and outside sources to create new edits. I can collaborate with internal creatives, content teams, and external partners to concept and problem solve. I can lead creation or assist with all aspects of production and post-production for various types of video, audio, and motion graphics content. I clearly communicate production and editing processes to teams, can handle multiple projects simultaneously, and proactively prioritize work. I'm experienced creating all forms of video content (long and short form video content, 30-second commercials, social vids) and understand video formats, codecs, workflows, etc. I can oversee versioning out final assets, closed captioning, etc.

I am highly organized, efficient at managing time, and consistently meet deadlines. I have a high degree of attention to detail and a positive, calm, solution-based attitude. I have an expert-level command of design and motion applications, standard design applications, and video editing software including the Adobe Creative Suite software (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, & Audition).

I've traveled and worked throughout the U.S. as well as parts of Canada, Mexico, and the U.K. I welcome traveling for work.

Sample Work

Eric Berger - Toy Maker - 2020

This was a quick camera exercise using the Sony FX9. The footage was shot over a couple of hours one afternoon. The raw footage was a 15-minute impromptu interview along with about 20 minutes of B-Roll. The final edit is 2 mins. All shot handheld with mostly available light – we bounced one small LED for the interview. Eric is a friend of a friend who agreed to participate on short notice. We'd only just met moments before the camera rolled. I acted as director/producer and did all the post. Adam Schwartz was the dp.

Salon 1150 – 2019

I shot the content for this short brand film over a 4-hour period at Salon 1150 in Austin, TX. All available light. I also provided the post and editorial. Starting with almost two hours of raw footage I trimmed it down to 30 minutes of selects before cutting that down to 2 minutes and then to the final 30-second edit posted here.

Media One Creative – SXSW 2019

All shot at Canada House over 4 days during SXSW in Austin, TX. I shot B-roll, photography, and conducted multiple interviews. All available light. I also provided the post and editorial. I delivered this highlight video in addition to individual edits for each interview.

Dell – Dell Technologies World 2019

The content for this video was shot over 2 days in Las Vegas. I shot B-roll and a dozen interviews. I also provided the post and editorial. I delivered this highlight video in addition to individual edits for each interview. I also researched and provided the music track.

Freescale - MCU Support Services

This is a motion graphics example. Typically I'm asked to include some simple graphics –– logos or lower thirds. But I have years of experience working with After Effects and I am capable of doing more. This was a job that allowed me to use some of my animation skills. I was provided a script, approved copy, and the direction that it be a simple and clean design. The rest was left up to me. As in most cases, I also researched and provided the VO talent and music track.

Cantine Italian Restaurant

This brand video was a passion project and collaboration with my good friend, Kirk Tuck . We each shot whatever inspired us with no direction beforehand. I also provided all post and editorial.

Spruce Salon

This brand video was shot for a local Austin salon. I shot it by myself over 4-5 hours using only available light. Various hair models were selected for the day and the directive was to capture whatever inspired me. I also provided all post and editorial.

AMD - Future

The production and post was handled by Zilker Films, LLC. It was shot on location in Austin, TX for AMD & Wired. Dir: Nils Juul-Hansen. 2nd Cam: Holly Brunkow. I personally performed the post and editorial. I delivered 15-second and 30-second broadcast edits.

Purina - 50th Anniversary

The production and post was handled by Zilker Films, LLC. It was shot on location in Austin, TX for Purina® Cat Chow®. DP: Adam Schwartz. I personally performed all post and editorial. I delivered various broadcast edits.

2018 Reel

This video is a compilation reel consisting of work from the past few years.

About Me

Born and raised in Louisiana, I've been a Texas resident since 1991. I earned advanced degrees in Design, Fine Arts, and 3D Animation. I've also dabbled in music for most of my life. After graduating college I began a professional career in Photography. Five years later I returned to school and earned an Associate of Arts degree in 3D Animation and started a new career in Game Development –– specializing in Lighting Design and 3D Camera Animation. In 2000, I moved from Dallas to Austin and in 2001 pivoted to Video Production and Post.

As an award-winning Director of Photography, my work has been recognized by Canon, Chrysler, HBO, Panasonic, and Vanity Fair. My short films have screened at the Dallas Video Festival, DGA Theaters in NY & LA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, NY Tribeca Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, SXSW, and The Isfahan International Short Film Festival.

Jobs : 3M, ACL Music Festival, AMD, Applebee's, Baylor College of Medicine, Candoris, Chaotic Moon, CompassLearning, Credit Karma, Dell, Gemalto, HBO, HCB Health, Hewlett Packard, HID Global, HomeAway, Humana, Keller Williams, MasterCard, McGarrah Jessee, Media Event Concepts, Media One Creative, Motorola, Nestlé Purina PetCare, NSS Labs, NXP Semiconductors, Phelps Dunbar, Rooster Teeth Productions, Samsung, Sara Lee, Southwest Airlines, Spiceworks, St. David's Hospital, SXSW, TD Ameritrade, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, The Campaign Workshop, The Home Depot, The Wall Street Journal, Time Warner, USAA, USA Technologies, VMware, WellAware, YMCA, and Y&R.

Please use my LinkedIn page to contact me.