James Mathers
Director of Photography

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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Studio City, CA 91614
818-762-2214
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