Born and raised in Malibu, CA, Jack’s filmmaking stemmed early on from the surfing world. What started out as making surf films with his friends turned into a trip to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Since graduating, Jack has teamed up with fellow alumni Edwin Eversole to start Hunt House Pictures, a Santa Monica, CA based boutique production company focused on music video and commercial work. They’ve worked with such clients as Chase Bank, Belkin, and WeWork and separately, Jack has worked with such bands as Coldplay and Mumford & Sons. Having the influence of surfing come full circle in his career as a filmmaker has been truly something special and has led to the project he’s hands down most proud of - Dirty Old Wedge, a feature length documentary about the legendary surf spot, The Wedge, in Newport Beach, CA.
After graduating from USC Film School with honors, James worked with producer Sean Daniel (The Mummy series, Tombstone, Dazed and Confused) before committing full-time to freelance filmmaking on his own. He has since gone on to shoot award winning narrative, commercial, music video, fashion, and documentary films. His clients have included Marriott, Disney, Westfield, Scion, the Tennis Channel (for which he served as Creative Director during the 2015 ATP Season), NFL, NBA, MLB, Build-a-Bear, Holiday Inn, BCBG, and dozens of other globally recognized companies. In addition to completing over 100 professional projects around the world, James has written six feature length scripts.
Philip began as an assistant to Phillipe Petit during the making of Oscar Award Winning Man On Wire. At a young age he was able to forge relationships with seasoned filmmakers such as Oscar Winning actor, Melissa Leo, and Oscar Nominated Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner. Philip’s feature film writing/directing debut WHY STOP NOW starring Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by IFC and released in theaters. Philip’s acclaimed student short film PREDISPOSED played at the Sundance film festival as a prelude to the feature film, also starring Melissa Leo. Philip now splits his time between writing, developing and directing feature films while exploring interesting themes and aesthetics in short form works, as well as writing and developing several dramatic TV series. Phil’s strengths lie in character driven stories, heartfelt humanity, and a taste of humor that reflects the triumphs and flaws of the human condition.