James Mathers, Director of Photography

James Mathers, located at our Los Angeles Unit, 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 fi lm 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 forty 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, pioneering the use of Digital Cinema cameras such as the RED One. Recent projects have also led to a wealth of practical experience and an in depth understanding of 3D acquisition.

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 cofounder 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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