||Jul 28, 2014
||Jul 27, 2005
MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/JamesJackson
Who I am, What I do, and Why I do it
Who - I am a Philadelphia based fashion photographer. What - I shoot fashion, lifestyle, still life, commercial, and artistic imagery. I've also recently begun a trying my hand at film making
Why - (this is going to be long... grab a cup of tea
) I grew up in an artistic household, but not only was it artistic it was involved in the fashion industry. Growing up in this environment I began to see things from a unique perspective and learned the business of fashion imagery as part of "the family business". I came to know people in fashion and art as family and friends. I also spent time moving from place to place throughout my childhood. I learned about these places and came to call them all home over time, because I learned that it isn't the location that makes a place great but the people in it. While in college I studied different photographers of all ilk just like everyone else in college does, but I found repetition in the histories of the photographers who's work inspired me the most. They were all valuable members of the photographic community and
valuable members of their own geographic communities. To that end I endeavor to constantly improve the art and profession
of photography by being an active member of the photographic community both as an artist and a professional AND I endeavor to improve my own geographic community by working with community programs and charity organizations on a regular basis. Photography is not a stagnant art, and as a living art form we must constantly strive to not only improve our output, but also be advocates for our profession and art form by establishing and discussing; norms of etiquette, laws affecting us, and business practices we undertake.
What you'll find in my MM portfolio is a sampling of my most recent personal fashion projects... typically stuff I've worked with other MMers to get in my downtime. You can also find a bunch of artistic work I've done with other MMers in my artistic MM profile #278: http://modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=278
My current projects are:
* Several short film concepts
**I am extra interested in finding fashion designers or stylists who can pull the clothes for these shoots**
If you are interested in working with me for your own portfolio, your best bet is to fit in to one of these projects.
Not only am I typically willing to work with someone for free to get these personal projects done, but I am actively seeking models, makeup and hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, and assistants to help with these.
If you're not interested in any of these projects, and you would like to have a photo shoot for either experience or portfolio work, I have very inexpensive testing rates as follows:
$500: Half day test. Approximately 3 looks. Includes - up to 5 web sized retouched photos per look and portfolio prints at cost from my professional lab here in Philadelphia. Does not include hair and makeup. Additional retouched photos will be charged at $20/hour of retouching.
$1700: Full day test. Approximately 5 to 7 looks. Includes hair, makeup, and wardrobe (feel free to bring your own as well); up to 5 web sized retouched photos per look, and portfolio prints at cost from my professional lab here in Philadelphia.
For references please feel free to contact anyone from my "friends" list. Most of these are people I've met in person and/or worked with on personal projects.
Forum threads of note
-I'm trying to keep a list of important forum threads on both my profiles... here's what I have so far:
THE Monitor thread
THE original portfolio size thread
Studio Resource threads
Pro Advice - Model likeness rights releases #000
Pro Advice - What should I charge? #001
Pro Advice - I want a cd of every image shot #002
SINema After Hours (live theatre series) . Producer . Touch Me Philly, Light Thief, & B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . SINema After Hours heats up Films at The Fish's late night with an ongoing series of live hosted Horror and Adult themed films!
Courtly Lust – A King Arthur Burlesque . Lighting Designer . GDP Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Join King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, and the other knights of the round table as they attempt to navigate an ancient world of wisdom, honour, and love both courtly and kinky.
Films at The Fish . Producer . Light Thief Productions & B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . film series presenting locally sourced, independently produced films at the Walking Fish Theatre in the variety format.
Blood Kegger on Monster Party Island . Technical Director . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Written by Max Guerin . Mad scientist, Dr Paulina, and her faithful hunchback sidekick, Clurb create Man/Fish at their lab on Monster Party Island. He escapes at the same time that the popular video series “Drunk Girls Who’ve Signed Releases” arrives to film. Additionally, Dr Paulina double booked the island with the most awesome frat boy kegger of the year. Hi-jinks ensue!
ArkHIVE . Technical Director . Whitebox Theatre Productions . Historical Society of Pennsylvania . For a weekend in April, the library at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania was transformed through the imagination of performance artist Sebastienne Mundheim.
High Dramma April Show . Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound) . Walking Fish Theatre . Fishtown's most irreverent, energetic sketch comedy troupe.
Criminal Genius . Technical Director . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Written By George F. Walker . Rolly and Stevie, a father and son crime team, have recently made a vow to do crime non-violently. Shirley, their boss, wants them to burn down a restaurant. Instead they kidnap Amanda, the chef. Amanda’s father Mike, the crime boss, who hired Shirley in the first place is really mad. Can anybody get out of Room 5 alive?
Skindiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Harlot . Lighting Designer . GDP Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Ultimate heart-throb, Skindiana Jones – educator, archeologist, Nazi-hunter – goes on a quest around the seedy, scantily clad underbelly of the world in search of the holiest of treasures.
UPdown . Director/Executive Producer/Cinematographer (film) . Light Thief Productions . On Saturn's moon Titan, a city's infrastructure is crumbling. When the government doesn't know how to fix things it chooses to move people. This is one little boy's story of what happened in his UPdown they day the social worker came to move his family.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson . Electrician . Plays & Players . directed by Plays & Players’ Producing Artistic Director Daniel Student.
The Early Adventures of Santa Claus - a Yuletide Burlesque . Lighting Designer . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Based on the seldom told story by L. Frank Baum, comes a Santa unlike any you’ve ever met.
Burlesque Adventures of Santa Claus – Promo commercial . Director/Cinematographer/Producer (film) . Light Thief Productions & B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Commercial shorts for promotion of upcoming show
High Dramma December Show . Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound) . Walking Fish Theatre . Fishtown’s most irreverent, energetic sketch comedy troupe.
Puppet Pandemic . Technical Designer (Lights/Sound/Projection) . Puppet Manualfesto, B. Someday Productions & Puppet Slam Network . Walking Fish Theatre . Puppet Manualfesto celebrates short form puppetry and features experimental pieces to encourage artists not generally involved with puppetry as well as seasoned professionals to explore this exciting medium.
Problem Child . Lighting Designer . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Written By George F. Walker . Denise and RJ moved into Room 5 at the Suburban Motel from the small town where they were trying to clean up their drug-ravaged lives.
A Study In Pink – The Sherlock Holmes Burlesque . Lighting Designer . GDP Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . An evening in the Holmesian tradition of intrigue, allure, and addiction.
The Five Minute Follies September Show . Technical Designer (Sound/Lights) . Adrienne Theatre . FiveMinuteFollies.com . Keeping the Spirit of Vaudeville and Variety Alive in Philadelphia
3 Wishes . Lighting Designer . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . A World Premiere By Ari Flamingo . A Philadelphia Fringe Fest production . It’s all about heaving bosoms, delayed gratification, a mysterious janitor and what happens under the dying tulip poplar in the park.
Franklin Mint President’s Collection . Board Op/Electrician (film) . Board operator and electrician for television commercial . Sincbox Media
Prince Music Theatre Overhire . Electrician . Specialty equipment installation
High Dramma July Show . Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound) . Walking Fish Theatre . Fishtown’s most irreverent, energetic sketch comedy troupe.
PGMC Legacy Concert . Electrician . Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus . Prince Music Theatre
The End Of Civilization . Assistant Director, Lighting Designer, Technical Designer (Sound/Projection) . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Written By George F. Walker . Henry needs a job. Lily, his wife wants to help him find one. But Sandy, the neighbor, has plans to help Lily make some big bucks. Here come Max and Donny, two cops on the case. Why do all the factories that Henry applies to blow up?
Featuring Loretta . Assistant Director, Lighting Designer, Technical Designer (Sound/Projection) . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . Written By George F. Walker . Loretta is young, beautiful and in need of a lot of money. Enter Michael, aspiring pornographer who wants to hire her. But Dave wants to protect Loretta, or maybe star in the film with her. Then there’s Sophie, whose ex-KGB father runs the motel. She wants to change Loretta’s mind. What will Lorrie do?
Il Postino . Electrician . Center City Opera Theatre . Prince Music Theatre
Women of Fire and Blood . Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound/Projection) . Naked Feet Productions & B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . A one-woman powerhouse of a show, one actress plays eleven different characters in this intense, forceful and passionate performance.
End Of The World Burlesque . Master Electrician/Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound/Projection/Rigging) . B. Someday Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . A fun filled romp through the end of the world.
La Boheme . Electrician . Center City Opera Theatre . Prince Music Theatre
High Dramma March Show . Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound) . Walking Fish Theatre . Fishtown’s most irreverent, energetic sketch comedy troupe.
We Need Your Support (A PBS Burlesque) . Master Electrician/Technical Designer (Lighting/Sound/Projection) . GDP Productions . Walking Fish Theatre . The time has come again for the annual Public Burlesque System’s Valentine’s Day Spectacular Fund Drive.
Money and Enough & Yes to Live and Love . Master Electrician/Sound Designer . Dette Glashouwer . Walking Fish Theatre – Philadelphia . TheatreLab – New York . Double billed one woman show on the economy, life, love, and saying YES!
Un Viaje - A Christmas Journey . Master Electrician/Sound Designer . B. Someday Productions
Paris Wheels and the Ready Maids . Lighting Designer . White Box Theatre
Hella Fresh Fish 3.0 . Stage Manager . B. Someday Productions
A Prometheus Bound: A Folk Musical . Lighting Designer . Renegade Classic Theatre . Adaptation/Direction: Michael Durkin . The Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse - A Prometheus Bound: A Folk Musical riffs on Aeschylus’ classic work by setting it in 1930’s Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl Era.
Mistaken Charity . Stage Manager/Lighting Co-Designer . B. Someday Productions . Writer/Director: Stan Heleva . Walking Fish Theatre – the endearing adventures of two elderly, impoverished and handicapped women who are forced from their home by “well-meaning” neighbors and get ticked off!
Annihilation Point . Lighting Designer . Berserker Residents . Abrons Arts Center – Sci-fi comedy theater
A Christmas Carol . Lighting Designer . Village Productions . Tri County Performing Arts Center – Broadway Musical version
Missed Connections . Camera Operator . Hater Free Productions . Director/Writer: Alex Zinzopoulos – A character driven feature film about love and relationships
Lynch Quietly . Technical Designer (projection, lighting, cinematography) . Director: Michael LeLand - An interdisciplinary piece blending dance, movement, video, historical text, and fictional characters written by Marc Miller in to an exploration of human nature and group dynamics
Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act . Lighting Designer . DysFUNctional Theatre - A play about apartheid era South Africa maintains its relevance by exploring private lives and public morals through askance light and deeply introspective dialogue
Survive! . Light board operator . Swim Pony Productions . Director Adrienne Mackey - A never before seen theatrical experience spanning six rooms and over 2000 sq. ft.
HONK! . Lighting Designer . Village Productions . Tri County Performing Arts Center - Musical production with a cast of 30
Rip The Runway fashion show . Lighting & Stage Designer . Jo’Ni Modelz Inc - Runway fashion competition & show at Benjamin Franklin High School
Three Mothers of Zachary . Lighting Designer . Center Voices . Writer/Director Shareef Hadid Jenkins - Production for the Philadelphia GLBT Artist Festival
The Company . Lighting Designer . Sweetbread Studios - 48 hour film festival entry filmed at Studio 5 South.
Hugging The Shoulder . Sound Designer & Technician . Represented Theatre Company . Director: Bill Egan - a Philadelphia premier of a new play by Jerrod Bogard produced at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5.
Sidewalk Cafe . Sound Designer & Technician . Represented Theatre Company . Director: Darnelle Radford - produced at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5.
Pom Pom Saves The Day . Lighting Designer & Technician . Laurel House Domestic Abuse Shelter with Vagabond Acting Troupe and Center Theatre . Director: Aileen McCulloch - Abuse prevention short film
A Priest Walks Into a Bar . Technical Designer (Lighting & Sound) . Vagabond Acting Troupe . Direction by: Aileen McCulloch, Summer Steele, Kristen Gleason - Skit satire theater production
Rip The Runway fashion show . Lighting & Stage Designer . Jo’Ni Modelz Inc - Runway fashion competition & show at Benjamin Franklin High School
Rip The Runway fashion show . Lighting & Stage Designer . Sayer Community School Beacon Program and Jo’Ni Modelz Inc - Runway fashion competition & show at Sayer High School
Cafe Loftus CC - April/May ’06 - Figure Study
Drizzle - December ’05 - Landscape and Portrait
Queue - October ’05 - Landscape and Portrait
L’Hexagone - August ’05 - Landscape
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