Favorite on-set memory?
In 2008, one of my first shoots was Dean Potter’s “free BASE” ascent of the Rostrum in Yosemite Valley. Dean is no longer with us and is obviously a legend, but that was a formative time for me. I think the next shoot I did was Alex Honnold’s solo of Moonlight Buttress. Those two climbs definitely put the cutting edge in perspective for me from an early age.
Craziest on-set/en route to set adventure?
Oh man, there are a lot. Once in Italy, our drone pilot flew the craft into his camera operator at full speed. Luckily he was wearing a massive expedition down puffy coat which absorbed the props, but it exploded and feathers went everywhere. It was pretty dramatic, but the guy was totally fine and acted like nothing had happened.
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Jim is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and commercial director with over 18 years of experience. He has directed feature and short documentaries, podcasts, web series, commercial campaigns and more for dozens of clients and distributors around the world. He specializes in character driven stories about adventure, natural history, science and the triumph of the human spirit, creating content for brands including National Geographic, AT&T and REI.