creating stories that connect

Bio

writer & director

Short Bio

Jim has studied and applied the craft of screen storytelling for 17 years across film, TV and digital media. Jim created award winning cross-platform series forget the rules and produced another world-first digital media series Mordy Koots (MK). FTR1, FTR2 and MK represent the equivalent of 11 x half-hours of comedy-drama. Jim has received development and/or production funding for four TV series, two feature films and three digi-media projects from: Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Jim has added his brand-caressed feelosophy to videos for major Australian brands such as: Ansell, CGU Insurance, Deakin University, Berri Juice, Australian Stroke Foundation, Elite Caravans & AGL Power.

Official Speaker on digital media in Cannes at MIPCOM 2007, MIPTV 2008 & 2009. Former Victorian Chapter Head of SPAA and member of AWG. Songwriter, stints as storyliner on Neighbours and copywriter on Sale of The Century.

  • 2006: FTR1 winner Best Interactive Format, MIPCOM (Cannes)
  • 2007: Co-winner of the Greg Tepper award from Film Victoria.
  • 2008: AWGIE nomination for writing on FTR2
  • 2010: Top-5 in AWG romantic comedy script competition for “Up Here”
  • 2010: Encore Magazine,#30 in Australian film & TV Power 50 list
  • 2011: ‘Sidekick’ (Director/co-writer; first short film) leads to directing work for major Australian brands
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ (Writer/Director); selected for Adelaide Shorts Film Festival
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ listed by judges in top-20 films for Adelaide Shorts Film Festival
  • 2015: Winner Best Web Video (writer/director) – Australian Video Producers Association National Awards – Deakin University Campus vidoes

Bio

Jim Shomos Greg Tepper Award

Jim wining the Greg Tepper Award

Jim has studied and applied the craft of screen storytelling for 17 years across film, TV and digital media. He is the creator, co-writer & co-producer of the award winning interactive cross-media production: forget the rules (FTR, 39 x 3min, 2005)  the first comedy-drama series in the world to broadcast all episodes on TV (Foxtel), online and mobiles(3-Hutchison). FTR2 (30 x 3min, 2007) was funded by Optus TV & Film Victoria and broadcast on Foxtel, Optus TV, You Tube and Optus Mobiles.

Jim produced Mordy Kootsin 2009 (10 x 4min), starring Shane Jacobson (Kenny, Charlie & Boots) and featuring a world-first visual concept conceived and directed by Clayton Jacobson (Kenny), funded by Screen Australia and broadcast by ninemsn. FTR1, FTR2 & MK represent the equivalent of 11 x half-hours of comedy-drama.

In 2009 Jim’s feature treatment, Kidnap, was optioned by Southern Arc (joint venture between producer Nigel Odell and major Australian sales agent Arclight). In January 2011 Jim directed his first short film, Sidekick, which led immediately to freelance directing work for major Australian brands such as Ansell, CGU Insurance, Deakin University, Berri Juice, Australian Stroke Foundation, Elite Caravans & AGL Power.

Jim has also received development funding from Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation for two feature scripts and four TV series. He has studied or worked with international script gurus such as: Michael Hauge (LA), Stephen Cleary (UK/France), Robert McKee (LA) and Steve Kaplan(LA).

Jim has been a regular speaker or mentor at digital media workshops & seminars for film schools and government agencies across Australia; and was an official speaker in Cannes at MIPCOM 2007, MIPTV 2008 & 2009. Jim has also worked as a storyliner on Neighbours, copywriter on Sale of The Century, and is a published songwriter (lyricist). Jim studied writing and production at AFTRS in Sydney in 1998 following a business and marketing background.

  • 2006: FTR winner Best Interactive Format, MIPCOM (Cannes)
  • 2007: Co-winner of the Greg Tepper award from Film Victoria.
  • 2008: AWGIE nomination for writing on FTR2
  • 2010: Top-5 in AWG romantic comedy script competition for “Up Here”
  • 2010: Encore Magazine, #30 in Australian film & TV Power 50 list
  • 2011: ‘Sidekick’ (Director/co-writer; first short film) leads to directing work for major Australian brands
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’ (Writer/Director); selected for Adelaide Shorts Film Festival
  • 2013: ‘Caravans for Refugees’; listed by judges in Top-20 films, Adelaide Shots Film Festival
  • 2015: Winner Best Web Video (writer/director) – Australian Video Producers Association National Awards – Deakin University Campus vidoes

Former Victorian Chapter Head, Screen Producers Association Australia (SPAA)

Member Australian Writers Guild (AWG)

Passion for mint dark chocolate, Arsenal and blueberry muffins…

Jim Logies 2010

Jim at the 2010 Logie Awards lunch with producer Michael McMahon