Ghost Ranch Films

Jim Barham , Director-D.P.

Director-cameraman Jim Barham began his career in the mailroom of KPRC-TV in Houston after a severe case of stage fright ended his acting career. He spent the next four years under the tutelage of Bruce Bryant and Dee Brown hiding behind the camera and developing his filmmaking skills working variously as a sound mixer, camera assistant, gaffer, cinematographer and editor.

In 1979, he joined David Berman Films where he spent the next fourteen years teaching folks how to spell his name right while working as producer, director and cinematographer on hundreds of local, regional, national and international commercials. Mr. Barham collected a bunch of awards now gathering dust in a 300 cubic-foot storage facility on Telephone Road.

Since 1994, Jim has enjoyed a wide variety of freelance work throughout the United States and in Europe where he had his own personal driver and was expected to select the color of nail polish worn by extras.

Back in Texas, he served as cinematographer on many commercials and music videos including national spots for Time Warner's Six Flags Parks and the national touring productions of West Side Story, Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis, The Sound of Music starring Richard Chamberlain, Funny Girl starring Debbie (now Debra) Gibson, Victor Victoria starring Toni Tennille (without the Captain), Buddy and the Broadway hit Jekyll and Hyde. His many music efforts include directing videos for Billy Joe Shaver and Waylon Jennings as well as directing photography on Music Row Magazine's 1995 Video-of-the-Year , Doug Supernaw's "She Never Looks Back."

Barham's recent projects include directing commercials for Arista Records, Time-Warner Cable, The Houston Astros, GTE Wireless, Verizon Wireles, Shell Energy and Sterling Bank.

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