During his time in the film industry James has worked extensively on feature films, commercials, promos and high end corporate films, as a Focus Puller (1st AC), Camera Operator and, more recently, a DoP. He's been responsible for operating a variety of technical equipment including a wide selection of digital cinema cameras, Steadicam and mobile mountings. James began his career as a 1st AC. During this time he developed his ability to pull focus not only technically but instinctively. As a 1st AC he gained excellent knowledge of cameras and all related kit. He makes sure that he is always up to date with new techniques and equipment.
Now predominantly working as a DoP and Camera/Steadicam operator, James is responsible for: assembling and setting up equipment; planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes; following camera scripts; creatively framing and capturing action; responding quickly to directions; liaising with lighting and technical staff; and problem solving. James owns his own Steadicam rig and Ronin 3-axis gimbal. James also has vehicle mounts utilising the Ronin which can be mounted to his Range Rover for beautifully smooth tracking shots or mounted to other vehicles if required.
James' natural eye for lighting, combined with the knowledge and experience that he has gained through working as a 1st AC and Camera Operator, means that he is fast becoming a skilled Director of Photography. James' showreel as a DoP is rapidly increasing and includes promos, commercials, documentary and brand films.