Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Spokane...serving the entire Northwest corridor including Idaho, Oregon & Montana.
High Definition and 4K production team, Jim & Kelly Watt have personally lensed over 15,000 hours of High Definition video in every state in the U.S., plus Europe, South America, Dominican Republic, India, China, Korea, Japan and Africa. Jim Watt is a lighting cameraman with hundreds of multi camera shoots for ABC 20/20, Prime Time, Good Morning America, CBS 60 Minutes; and NBC Dateline.
Licensed FAA Drone/sUAS Pilots, Jim & Kelly are specialists in low altitude aerial video using the latest and most sophisticated aerial platforms. The Watts have nearly 250 hours of flight time over the last several years, using various DJI drones including the Inspire 1 Raw with Zenmuse X5R gimbal & camera; Phantom 2; Phantom 2+ Vision; and Phantom 4.
Kelly and Jim operate the Inspire 1 Raw with two sets of controls, one for the pilot and another for the director of photography. This style of flight allows one person to concentrate on flying while the DP concentrates on manipulating the camera to capture cinematic video. From experience as solo pilots operating the cameras as well as piloting the aircraft, the Watts have found that dividing the responsibilities of pilot and videographer produces more consistent and spectacular footage.
We own a variety of camera packages: Sony FS7; Sony A7R II with BlackMagic Design Video Assist ProRes Recorder/Monitor; Sony XDCAM EX 3 & 1; and Canon 70D with Tascam D60 recorder mixer. We are experienced with a variety of other cameras including Canon C100 & 300, and Sony XDCAM 700 & 800. Our lens selection for FS7 and A7R II includes Zeiss f1.8 55mm prime; Canon f2.8, 70 x 200 with Metabones Speed Booster making it a f1.8 lens; Canon 2X doubler; Sony f2.8, 28 x 75; Sony f4 18 x 105; Sony f4 28 x 135; Sigma f4.5, 50 x 500. We also have a full car mount "Go Pro" package for 3 camera in car interviews or mounting outside, etc. and a hand held gimbal.
We have a full sound package with RF connection to camera; extensive lighting package and grip kit including microdolly jib; Kessler jib; Edelkrone motorized slider; microdolly dolly with 36 feet of track, 13 feet of which is a 90º curve.
Jim Watt is an experienced editor using Adobe's suite of creative programs, having edited everything from long form entertainment programs (over 200) to 30 second commercials.
Documentaries, magazine shows, infomercials, news and entertainment... Bennett-Watt HD Productions bring together a winning combination of talent for your production. This is a "producing and lighting" production crew that knows how to operate and create for their clients the best production in the industry.
Here are a few comments from our clients:
"3 June 2015
To whom it may concern,
Jim and Kelly Watt asked if I would share a few words about their work.
First, I have known and worked with this gifted and remarkable duo for over 20 years. Without hesitation or hyperbole, I can say they are one of the best production teams in the country, bar none.
Second, there is a Peabody Award that hangs behind me, in large part because of the extraordinary work of Jim and Kelly. The story was an unprecedented, inside look at the horrors of anorexia, brilliantly captured in picture and sound by the Watts. It was the first of many memorable collaborations.
Third, Jim and Kelly never rest on their laurels. They are a pro’s pro: always prepared with the latest technology and keyed into the editorial needs of each story. I’m not sure when they sleep as they will go until the work is finished.
Simply, there aren’t enough superlatives to throw their way. Jim and Kelly come with my highest recommendation."
Alan B. Goldberg
60 Minutes, CBS News
"The footage is more than impressive-but your stuff has always been. That spooky shot of the ship in the distant haze moving silently through the frozen seascape....the whole works logged now for posterity when we get it put together in a 20/20 feature that will be rmembered moree even than the South Pole Piece. Great work!"
Hugh Downs, ABC 20/20
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jim and Kelly Watt for an international production client and a multi-million dollar non-profit client. I trust them to always give me their best, and most importantly, exactly what I need. They are fast, intelligent, and creative. I can’t say enough about them. Thanks for always bringing your A game!"
Amy Green Thrasher
Producer, Director, Writer
Thrasher Worldwide Communications, Inc.
"Jim and Kelly Watt are not only talented, hard working, creative and imaginative they are incredibly pleasant and a joy to work with. Whenever they're available for our needs in the Pacific North West they're our go to crew. I've had the pleasure of working with Jim and Kelly many times with 20/20 and the footage always looks great and correspondents, producers, and our subjects all leave with nothing but compliments for Jim and Kelly."
Brooke Stangeland, Editorial Producer ABC 20/20
"To whom it may concern:
I have been associated with Jim and Kelly for nearly 20 years. I would like
to extend a recommendation to anyone looking for a team of truly
professionals. Jim and Kelly Watt are a class act.. Whenever I have needed
promotion video I need only make one call and they go into action. They can
script it for you, film it and produce it. this is so important for me to
have a team doing what they do best, so that I can do what I do best,
selling boats. I have found them to be totally a seamless production
company. I have had them produce numerous video productions from our promo
video to seeing them in action of producing a series of TV shows and video
production of numerous topics. I have also been with numerous video crews
producing other TV shows and Jim and Kelly are second to none of them.
I highly recommend them to anyone looking to produce video for web video,
promo video and I would welcome any calls as to their work skills, quality,
integrity and innovation.
I might add that they both enjoy their work and it shows in the final
I look forward to any questions."
Hyde Drift Boats
1520 Pancheri Dr.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
"The best in the business. A classic team of pros."
John Nance, Author, Aviation Analyst & Professional Speaker
"Thank you! It looked GREAT! I feel an Emmy."
Steve McIntire, Good Morning America
We have been in the industry since 1978.
Sample of clips filmed with Bennett-Watt HD Productions drone
I've known and worked with Jim and Kelly for many years and have yet to come back from a project disappointed. If the client isn't up to speed on video production, they'll figure out what is needed, get it done quickly and efficiently and best of all they're self starters as well. They're user friendly which is saying a lot these days.
With a committment to particulars you get quality and that is what Bennett-Watt productions has been doing for the last 20 years. Two very cool people who love their job; what more can you ask for?
I've hired the Watt's several times for assignments where they needed to not only be the crew, but also produce. They have always done terrific work for me and I can recommend them without question as one of the best crews I've hired.
I've worked with Jim & Kelly Watt on several occasions, both in the U.S. and out of the country. They are simply the best!
Not only are both of them accomplished videographers and producers, but they are very likely the most experienced HD production team in the world.
Outstanding work.. they know the entire process.. have done it across the world and are a delight to work with.
I strongly recommend Bennett-Watt. Jim is a fine
videographer with a good eye who really understands HD.
And he is his wife are very easy to work with and get
along well with clients
Jim and Kelly Watt are terrific producers. In addition to their production work for various networks they produce their own travelogues as they travel around the world, creating, writing, directing, producing, editing -- the works -- all in stunning high-definition. We are fortunate to be their distributor for the international television market.