James Francis Hurley IV

James Francis Hurley IV

In Light Pictures Producer, Director
Assistant Director, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Digital Imaging Technician, Director, Editor and First Assistant Camera

San Francisco, California

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November 2015
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About James

Fascinated with the illusion of life in movies, Hurley began making stop-motion films by building latex-armature creatures at age twelve, in which, won top awards around California. At seventeen, he was first to win two California Arts Scholarships and studied with the renowned author of Cinematography, Kris Malkiewicz at CalArts.

Hurley earned Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Cinema and a Master Of Arts in Writing and Directing for Film and Television Degree from San Francisco State University, where his interest transitioned from character animation to directing live-action cinema. There, he taught the Directing course with founder Jameson Goldner.

As cinematographer, his films continue to win top awards in film festivals. Hurley’s clients include, Google, Inc., The History Channel, and The Travel Channel. He lives in California.

Unique traits: Jimagination



  • America's Got Talent

    America's Got Talent (2012)
    Television by Ken Warwick (Game-Show, Music and Reality-TV) Miscellaneous Crew A weekly talent competition where an array of performers -- from singers and dancers, to comedians and novelty acts -- vie for a $1 million cash prize.

  • Fredericka

    Fredericka (2011)
    Film (short) by Nanci Gaglio (Drama, Family and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In 1963, San Francisco: An African American woman (20s) visits the grieving, though well-to-do Italian step mom whom she never met just after her estranged father jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. Fredericka must face this woman, who is grieving and misses her husband desperately. Between Fredericka's needing to know who her father was and why he left, and the widow needing to bring him back -- they both manage find the 'Fred' they are looking for. Written by Anonymous

  • Inspector America

    Inspector America (2011)
    Television (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department

  • My Name Is Khan

    My Name Is Khan (2010)
    Film by Karan Johar (Drama, Romance and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that complicates socialization. The adult Rizwan marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for suspicious behavior. Following his arrest, he meets Radha, a therapist who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President Bush to clear his name. Written by Auntie A

  • Devil's Canyon

    Devil's Canyon (2007)
    Film by Dan Frank (Drama) Cinematographer The wild west is still alive. A developer tries to take over a small town in Nevada by corrupting the local officials. What he and the town folks weren't banking on was the appearance of a drifter who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Written by Anonymous

  • Little Bruno

    Little Bruno (2007)
    Film by Dan Frank (Crime, Mystery and Thriller) Cinematographer Following the murder of his father, little Bruno is raised by his Uncle Nick, a crime boss. Growing up with the mob, Bruno joins the family business and finds himself tangled up in a web of murder and more murder.

  • Amazing Vacation Homes

    Amazing Vacation Homes (2006)
    Television Miscellaneous Crew

  • Vampire Secrets

    Vampire Secrets (2006)
    Television by Diana Zaslaw (Drama, History and Horror) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

  • Coming To

    Coming To (2001)
    Film (short) by Luke Guidici (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

  • Monkeybone

    Monkeybone (2001)
    Film by Henry Selick (Animation, Comedy and Fantasy) Miscellaneous Crew In a coma, Stu Miley a cartoonist who created a comic strip called Monkeybone which features a rascal monkey. He finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. Naturally, Monkeybone himself is there, and he and Stu quickly start fighting like cats and dogs. When Stu realizes that his sister, due to a pact they once made, is preparing to pull the plug on him, Stu makes a deal with Hypnos, the god of sleep, to help him steal a golden ticket from Death himself. But when Monkeybone takes over Stu's body and escapes to wreak havoc on the real world, Stu has to find a way to stop him before his sister pulls the plug on reality forever! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}


  • Invited Judge for SF Web Fest

  • Global Who’s Who: Screenwriting and Directing

  • Three "Best of the Fest" Audience Choice Awards – Big Damn Film Festival

  • “Best Thriller” - New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

  • Achievement in Filmmaking for Feature Film - Los Angeles International Independent Film Festival

  • California Arts Scholar in Visual Arts – CalArts / CSSSA

  • California Arts Scholar in Film/Video – CalArts / CSSSA

  • “1st Place” in Visual Arts – CalExpo State Fair

  • “Best of Show” in Visual Arts – Del Mar County Fair


  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)

  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)

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