HDPros.net was created by Jim Ross, a digital cinematographer at CinematixHD with over two decades experience working in video and motion pictures. He has filmed across the United States, Mexico, Europe, Africa and Asia, filming a diverse range of subjects from Baja racing to cooking shows, from fitness pros to wild elephants, from TV commercials to television pilots, and much more.
Jim began working in video when the first large format camcorders hit the market in the late 80’s. Realizing his “hobby” had revealed a natural talent, Jim practiced and polished his craft by working on the sets of independent films. It was there he learned about lighting, composition, and cinematic camera work. He also worked at the local public access station as a cameraman, audio engineer, director and other positions so he would learn all he could.
Jim’s early projects included videos for builders, realtors, fitness professionals, airshow performers, doctors and even a TV pilot for Wings, the predecessor to The Military Channel, and a pilot for The Outdoor Network about climbing.
As video went online, Jim’s library of work grew. He created videos for diverse range of products and services for the Internet audience. Jim developed a particular talent for filming action including racing, boating, aircraft, and activities like a safari, firewalking, and adventure tours. He has a flair for capturing the “experience” of activities, putting the audience “in the action.”
Formerly an actor trained in Theatre and Directing, Jim is adept at directing actors and non-actors on camera. Jim understands how important it is to make people comfortable on camera, so they can portray the feelings and message important to the production. He has filmed interviews with such celebrities and notables as Jay Leno, Dr. J, Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, Paul Mitchell founder JP DeJoria, WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and many others.
An accomplished cameraman, Jim has filmed in the deserts of Baja, in the wilds of Africa, on the greens of Pebble Beach, in the pits at Road Atlanta, and even on the glaciers of Iceland. He’s just at home on the set of a TV studio, or the boardroom of the executive office. He’s an experienced Steadicam operator and an expert camera crane operator.
Jim, his wife Reiko, and their four year-old aspiring cinematographer daughter Misako reside in Atlanta, Georgia.