HELLO. I'm James, a lighting / camera operator, AC & doc filmmaker based in the north of the uk - Manchester
My camera work has a strong photographic style inspired by Magnum photojournalists and reportage photography. I'm a film geek and a student of cinematic language; adding empathy, emotion, intuition, timing and movement to my compositions.
When I am not freelancing, I produce/direct documentaries and other short form factual content for brands, agencies and production companies. I occasionally self shoot these projects, or work with a larger crew when required. My work blurs the line between observational and controlled styles of filmmaking; resulting in organic performances and cinematic production values which enhance emotions, story and connection.
My last feature documentary received a European theatrical release after success on the international festival circuit. This year I concluded production on my third feature as a first time director of photography, on the Red Scarlet-W system.
Whether it’s directing, assisting, lighting or camera work - I try to build a connection with the audience. That tingle, we all get when a moment resonates with us. Whether expressed as an adrenaline-fuelled chest-bump, a cascade of goosebumps, a barrel roar of laughter or a simple smile.
Connection is key.
Thanks for checking out my site. Always happy to grab a coffee or something stronger to discuss projects, ideas or just talk shop.
+44 7496 53 77 11
+44 161 818 6207