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Since 1992, Jim Suretteís career as a DP and camera operator has led him to shoot television programs for all the major networks, as well as feature documentaries, and commercials. He has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients that includes National Geographic, Warren Miller Entertainment, Discovery, MTV, The North Face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Peter Jennings Productions and others.

In addition to mainstream productions, Jim often works in the adventure and action sports industries. From Mount Everest to Antarctica, Jim has operated cameras in the worldís most extreme environments, keeping up with world-class athletes to get his shot. Jimís experience as an expert climber and skier allows him an inside perspective on the places and personalities he captures on film. Jimís mountain skills enable him to single-handedly rig his own shots without the need of a large crew. He has worked as a camera operator for Discovery Channelís hit show, The Deadliest Catch; National Geographic Explorerís Surviving Everest; NBCís Great Trango: A Mile High in Pakistan; and Matchstick Productionís Claim, filming extreme skiing in the Alps. In 2010, Jim partnered with pro-skier Chris Davenport to produce the independent adventure film Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey.

Jimís experience encompasses a wide variety of cameras, disciplines, and formats, everything from super 16 mm film to modern HD. Jim has also operated and rigged motion-control cable cameras for Sky Cam, Cable Cam, and Fly Cam, filming ESPN sports, X Games, and helicopter-accessed skiing for the feature Steep.

Ultimately, a good story is the most important ingredient in entertainment. Jimís talents lie in capturing scenes on camera while letting the action play out naturally. He is an experienced producer-shooter who knows how to get all of the shots that are needed to develop, follow, and complete a story line.

Jim is a native of the Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire, where he learned an appreciation for the mountains at an early age. Jim was on skis by the age of 4, and climbing waterfall ice by 14. While still a teenager, Jim established what was then the hardest technical rock climb in New England, with his historic first-ascent of Cathedral Ledgeís Liquid Sky. His exploits on rock have been documented in feature articles in Climbing and Rock and Ice magazines, as well as the films Masterís of Stone II and Uncommon Ground. He has ventured to the top of remote peaks in Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Baffin Island, Patagonia and Peru, and pioneered new, hard routes throughout New England and the Rocky Mountains.

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