Jim Furrer returned to still photography following a long career in radio, television and film. His career spans more than thirty years of professional experience in still images, cinema, and broadcasting. In 1970 his first 16mm film short subject “Orchard Heritage”, sponsored by the American Film Institute, received an Academy Award student nomination for Best Animation.
After graduating with a BA degree in mass communications his next eight years were spent at public television stations around the country, working on shows including Out Of Thin Air starring Marcel Marceau, and three seasons with guest stars E. G. Marshall, Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Shatner, Vincent Price and other names on the Anyone For Tennyson? national PBS poetry series. After completing his PBS experience at a Denver station, he launched his career as an independent cameraman in 1983.
Earning his first screen credit as Director of Photography on the 1997 motion picture Raising The Stakes, and went on to film Sign Of The Times, Moosie, Behind The Mask, the television pilot Class, and Alex and Jody. Jim shot second-unit on the feature Princess and the Dwarf and effects sequences for Switchback, starring Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover. For nine full months during 2000 he served as cinematographer on Tantalus, Behind The Mask, a feature film documentary premiering on the BBC and later on seen as part of the PBS Stage On Screen series.
With 2001 came the DVD release Ringo Starr’s So Far, shot in Los Angeles, plus Chris Botti In Concert for cable and DVD. Jim also lensed The Making of Quest for TBS Original Productions; sequences for Discovery Channel’s Walking With Dinosaurs; and shot behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews for ABC’s Stephen King’s The Shining mini-series. As Director of Photography, he won a Emmy Award for the television feature First Cowboy’s Fall From Grace and an ITS Monitor Award for In The Name Of Satan.
Other major work includes a month-long documentary shoot with famous defense attorney Gerry Spence for director John McTiernan’s (Die Hard) Tongue River Pictures; U.S. segments to the six-part British documentary Solar Empire; contributing photography on the science documentary miniseries Three Minutes To Impact for the Discovery Channel; working in Los Angeles shooting 35mm studio segments on the weekly series Leonard Maltin Presents for Hallmark Networks; Ancient Voices for the Colorado History Museum; and traveled across the American southwest for the feature-length documentary When I Hear Thunder.
Jim’s national commercial work includes spots for Bell South, B.E.T., Dish Network, DirecTV, Delicato Vineyards, Echostar, Encore, Maaco, Raid, Starz, Ovation Arts Network, and many others.
Extensive experience in music production includes concert projects with .38 Special, 311, Bad Company, Chris Botti, Counting Crows, Cracker, John Denver, Devo, Del Amitri, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Bonepony, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Rev. Horton Heat, Royal Trux, Sirhan & Hollywood, Sonia Dada, Shaun Colvin, Ray Charles, Leo Kottke, Little Steven, Ozzfest 2002, Rolling Stones, Sting, Sun 60, Widespread Panic, and ZZ Top. He was one of five camera operators picked for Under A Blood Red Sky; U-2 At Red Rocks, the definitive concert special taped on location at Red Rocks near Denver and originally produced for British TV music series The Tube.
Jim Furrer is a past member of International Photographers Local 600, IATSE; a member of the American Society of Lighting Designers, Los Angeles; and a founding member of the Heartland chapter of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. From 1984 until 1990 he taught courses in video production and unit-managed Electronic Cinematography and the Commercial Directing classes at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. And from 1989 to 2000, Jim’s been listed in all editions of the national industry directory in Who’s Who In Entertainment and Who’s Who In New Media.
Now retired faculty from the Broadcasting program at Metropolitan State University Denver, Jim lives with his wife Lynne in Littleton, Colorado and pursues traditional silver-gelatin black and white still photography. For his landscape work, Jim favors his 4”x5” large format cherry wood Wista folding view camera, and for urban and street photography opts for his Leica 35mm handheld MP or classic medium-format Honeywell 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 SLR. Developing and printing using only traditional silver-based chemical techniques — exposing print paper with a classic Beseler multi-format enlarger and wet processing in trays — Jim and his wife Lynne share a custom studio and home darkroom at the back of their house.