Hi, How Are You?
My name is Jim. I'm a multidisciplinary video professional with over 12 years experience creating video content. Whether I'm single-handedly producing, directing, shooting, and editing smaller videos (i.e., interviews, events) or putting together a small crew to accommodate mid-sized video projects (i.e., brand videos, vertical campaigns), I'm here to take everything off of your proverbial plate. Then again if you're looking for a creative collaborator with some skin in the game, consider me part of your team. I can help you technically and creatively flesh out your video ideas. Conversely if you're an agency looking for a production company to handle the video from soup to nuts, I formed Zilker Films, LLC (est. 2007) as a collective of reliable and experienced professionals. Including crew above the line and below, Zilker Films can quickly scale to provide customizable solutions that precisely align with budgets and project specifics. So, if your video project requires full-scale production services or simply a team of one (ahem...me), I can provide solutions designed to cater to a wide range of video needs.
Whether working a tech conference in Santa Clara or deep in Yellowstone Park or on a factory floor outside of Ontario or a race track in London, I've clocked hundreds of hours shooting and editing on sets, in hotels, and in my office. 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 for 18 years. 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 and five years later, having received an Associate's of Art in 3D Animation, 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.