James Mathers grew up in the film industry, performing as a child actor
alongside such notables as Henry Fonda, Walter Brennen, Buddy Ebsen,
and Haley Mills. He also guest starred in episodes of Bewitched, My Three
Sons, The Munsters, and Adam-12.
Behind the lens professional work started after he attended film school, and
a wide variety of staff and freelance assignments led to a specialization in
cinematography and the founding of his own business, The Migrant Film Workers.
Jim has been the Director of Photography on over thirty-five films and
MOWs, and has seen six TV series from inception through their first season.
In the last few years he has been developing an expertise in shooting
film style digital. Recent projects include a pilot for DreamWorks directed
by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Forty Year Old Virgin), an HD feature for
director David Mickey Evans (The Sandlot, Radio Flyer), and several features
pioneering the use of the 4K RED One camera starring such notables as
Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Tess Harper, and Haley Joel Osment.
In the documentary realm, James was DP on the Lionsgate theatrical release
The US vs John Lennon, as well as the Grammy nominated Showtime special
Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of Smile. He also shot segments
of the Sundance Doc Winner For The Bible Tells Me So and Leonardo
DiCaprio’s 11th Hour.
He is president and co-founder of the non-profit educational cooperative
The Digital Cinema Society, a group dedicated to the industry’s informed
integration of new technology. Additionally, he is a contributor to several
industry trade journals and is a sought after guest speaker on the topic of
emerging digital technology.
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