Hi, How Are You?
My name is Jim. I'm a multidisciplinary video professional with over 12 years experience creating video content. I personally have the skills and tools necessary to single-handedly produce, direct, shoot, and edit smaller videos (i.e., interviews, events). If you're in need of a creative collaborator with skin in the game, you can also consider me a part of your team. Along with years of experience developing and pitching creative concepts, I bring a technical expertise as well as years of practical knowledge that can help ensure your original vision stays true while keeping the budget on track.
To meet the requirements of higher budgeted productions, I formed Zilker Films, LLC (est. 2007) as a collective of versatile, reliable and experienced industry professionals. Its purpose is to quickly scale, providing customizable pre-pro, production, and post services that precisely align with more demanding projects. So, if your video project requires a full-scale production or perhaps just a team of one (ahem...me), I offer a broad range of high-quality video solutions to fit your needs.
Whether working a tech conference in Santa Clara, a political ad deep inside Yellowstone Park, a training video on a factory floor in Ontario, a web series on a race track outside of London, or on an ad campaign (featuring trained cats) in St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin, I've clocked hundreds of hours producing, directing, shooting, and editing on sets, in hotel rooms, and at my office desk.
In addition to keeping up with the latest in video technology, and my never-ending pursuit of aesthetics, I maintain a sharp focus on capturing the social and emotional intelligence we can all relate to. Even if the creative is designed to be disruptive, being authentic and accessible is where I start. I approach every job highly motivated and inspired to do my best work. The simple truth is I love what I do and I feel fortunate to do what I love for a living.
Born and raised in Louisiana, I've been a Texas resident since 1991 and a resident of Austin since 1999. 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/Clients : 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 Wall Street Journal, Time Warner, USAA, USA Technologies, VMware, WellAware, YMCA, and Y&R.