Jim has worked the last 20 years on TV programs as editor, producer, cameraman and writer for PBS, Nat Geo and Discovery Channel programs. He also edits short films, commercials, sizzle reels and promos for the web and social media.
Knowlton is owner of Blue Ocean Productions, a video production company that offers full video production services including production planning, shooting, editing, writing and technical consulting.
Jim travelled to American Samoa to film the arrival of the sailing canoe Hokulea on its trip around the world and then produced and edited six short films about ocean conservation and culture for the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. One of the films won the best Ecodox award at the San Pedro International Film Festival.
Jim filmed an expedition with Jean-Michel Cousteau to tiny Swains Island located 200 miles north of American Samoa. He produced, wrote and edited, Swains Island - One of the Last Jewels of the Planet which won an award in 2014 at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in the category, Cultural Connections - People and the Sea.
Knowlton was principle underwater cameraman for three episodes of Discovery Channel's Shark Week. He also worked as editor, production manager and online editor on Shark Week programs.
Experienced with research, project planning, budget creation and management, storyboarding, shooting, editing, color correction, titling, stock footage acquisition and license agreement writing and review.
Blue Ocean Productions 2003 – present. Owner and executive producer of video production company making short films, commercials, public service announcements and promo videos. Jim also provides high definition technical support for productions. Experienced cameraman Jim Knowlton has a full set of production gear including cameras, sound, lighting and a greenscreen and can shoot video for your project. He shoots underwater with a Canon 5D Mark lll camera in an Aquatica Housing or with a camera of your choice. Hire Jim as a freelance cameraman or editor for your project. Jim Knowlton is also owner of BLUEOCEAN.TV Stock Footage, where you can license ocean stock footage and stock photos of sharks, rays, whales, coral reefs, photos of Jacques Cousteau and stock footage of Jacques Cousteau.
Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society Santa Barbara, CA 1999 – 2011. Jim makes short films and television shows for Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society. He was associate producer and co-editor on award winning programs in the 11-hour PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures and Jim recently edited and co-produced My Father, the Captain, a film honoring Jacques-Yves Cousteau and how his life influenced the world. He also produced, filmed, wrote and edited Swains Island - One of the Last Jewels of the Planet.
Thomas Horton Associates Ojai, CA 1996 – 1999. Research, shoot and edit shark documentaries for Discovery Channel's Shark Week. Also worked as production manager and online editor.
Truth Aquatics Santa Barbara, CA 1995-1997. Second captain and captain of SCUBA dive boat TRUTH on recreational dive trips to the California Channel Islands.
What's Cool About Sharks: Jim Knowlton is author of a digital shark book written for children, adults and educators who want to learn more about sharks. The book has 27 brilliant photos of sharks in their natural habitats by Jim Knowlton.