Teacher Profile

Jim Plannette


Jim Plannette has worked as a Gaffer and Chief Lighting Technician alongside some of the most accomplished directors and cinematographers on some of the most celebrated films of all time.

Career highlights include: Young Frankenstein, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Fisher King, Magnolia, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, A Single Man, The Artist, Behind the Candelabra, Suffragette, and back-to-back Best Cinematography Oscar winners Legends of the Fall and Braveheart, both photographed by John Toll, ASC.

Jim has been immersed in the motion picture industry his entire life. In fact, his first movie job was in 1954 when he was only 14 -- Assistant Prop Man on Land of the Pharaohs, where he was lucky enough to bring Howard Hawks a glass of iced tea! As his father enjoyed sharing many tales of his vast experiences over the years, Jim also enjoys sharing his history and decades of experience with young filmmakers.