Meet the Director
Award-winning film-maker and photographer Jim Shea travels the world with his camera capturing images for the advertising and entertainment industries. Whether on the set of a Hollywood soundstage directing a commercial or photographing a celebrity on some exotic South Seas island he feels right at home in any setting.
Born in Manhattan, Jim’s training ground was New York’s Madison Avenue where he began his commercial career as an advertising photographer working for agencies such as McCann Erickson, DDBO and J. Walter Thompson. His work took him to Los Angeles where he began applying his photographic talents to creating album covers, movie posters and images for a variety of publications such as Rolling Stone and Interview magazines.
Evolution into directing came when record labels began recruiting Jim to film music videos for many of the artists he had developed relationships with through his photographic work such as the Eagles, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. His innovative creative style soon lead him into directing television commercials and title sequences for companies such as NBC, Universal and 20th Century Fox. His role in the film-making process expanded to include writing and producing for short films and documentaries. His work has earned him many awards including those from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.
Jim’s travels have recently taken him to Oregon’s Tualatin Valley where he has been working on a destination film and series of spots for the WCVA. His grass-roots approach in the creation of the film will help promote the beauty of the Tualatin Valley to the world.