Hi, I'm James
I edit. The more complex the human drama, the more imaginative the settings, the better. With extensive experience in VFX, motion graphics, and streamlining end to end workflow.
While often found freelancing in Soho, I am happiest working surrounded by the open spaces of Southern Hertfordshire, in a Wooden Post House.
Colour timed 4K monitors • Mastering stereo speakers • IP tracked deliverables through ScreenLight
This is an extract from my portfolio of projects; made with different groups of people, for different ends.
Wooden Post has been trading for eight years now. Interestingly, to date, invoices from collaborators have been paid on average within nine hours.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like us to work together, or if you just fancy a cuppa.
PS. My clients value discretion. For this reason, I am not on social media.
'James was great to work with'
Anshu Ahuja, Series Producer First Dates
'Thank YOU so much for giving up your time and sharing your knowledge'
Rhiannon Robertson, Edinburgh Television Festival
'James, you are a star!!! IT IS BRILLIANT.'
Ella Street, Unilever
'That was quick!... You are brilliant!'
Donna Coulling, PA to Helena Bonham Carter
‘I admired your calm efficiency and good humour throughout those long sessions in the bunker’
The Countess of Verulam, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire
Broadcast • Long Form
Emilia Clarke in Conversation with Paul Feig (2020, graded at Molinare, prod. AlaskaTV, with Little Dot Studios, for the Edinburgh TV Festival ) • The Strangers (2019, Dir. Bernard Kordieh, at Lucky Cat Post) • Robin Hood Complex: Ukraine (2018, Dir. Emile Ghessen, Online edit) • A County At War: Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire The Armistice Edition (2018, Dir. Howard Guard DL MBE) • London Unplugged (2018, Portmanteau by Nick Cohen, at TVCSoho) • How You Look at Me (2016, Dir. Gabriel Henrique Gonzalez) • Oliver! (2016, Live, for the Factory Playhouse) • West Side Story (2015, Live, for the Factory Playhouse) • Fractured Minds (2015, Dir. Alan Mallyon) • A County At War: Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire (2014, Dir. Howard Guard DL) • Desert Island Discs with Graeme Kay (2014, for the St Albans International Organ Festival)
Play Your Part (2020, Prod. Rob Finlay, for Hertsmere Council) • Queer Street (2020, for Subtletee) • TCL 10L Launch Promo (2019, Online for Fearlessly Frank) • Red Bull, Goodwood Festival of Speed (2019, Offline for Irresistible Films, Dir. Mark McQueen) • It's Just Hair (2019, for Subtletee) • Liquid Strings at the Saville Club, Mayfair: Solo Cellist, Jazz and Pop Quartet, Bookings FAQ (2019, for Liquid Strings) • Bloody Good Period Promo (2017, for Subtletee) • First Care (2016, Dir. Kevin Imajemite) • Haemnet Charity Trust (2016) • Hertsmere Civic Awards (2015-2016, Dir. Robert Finlay, at Elstree Studios) • Mirror Care (2016, Dir. Alan Mallyon, for 2025 films) • Emil Dale Performing Arts Academy (2014 - 2016) • Pincerna (2016, for 2025 films) • SEMLEP Local Enterprise Partnership (2015, at Elstree Studios) • Elstree Studios Canne Showreel (2015, Dir. Robert Finlay, at Elstree Studios) • BMW i3 Launch (2014, for Synter Harold Wood) • The Perfectionism Cure (2014, Dir. Jennifer Gresham, EveryDayBright) • The Electric Animal Circus Campaign: What is the Electric Animal Circus, Karla's Song, Sedgwick's Fortune, Pickleton's Nemesis, Pozzo's Welcome (2013, Dir. Patrick Gleeson)
Melody (Dir. Bernard Kordieh, 2018) • No Country for Old Women (Dir. Jome Joesph, 2017) • The Con Game (Dir. Jane Sanger, 2016) • Three Taps (Dir. Dean Philips, 2016) • Never Forget Your Anniversary (Dir. Emma Nan Hu, 2015) • After the Party (Dir. Emma Nan Hu, 2015) • Surviving (Dir. Rob Finlay, 2015, at Elstree Studios) • Fear in a Handful of Dust (Dir. Rob Finlay, 2015, at Elstree Studios)
I have cut showreels for actors in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Infiltrator, Captain Philips, World War Z, Hustle, Doctors, My Hero, Casualty, Tru Detective, Stargate SG-1, Riviera, Deep State, The Capture and The X-Files.
Ring My Bell (2018, Online/Grade for WayOut Films, Dir. Adriel Leff) • Hector the Hero (2018, Dir. Josh Lyon, for Catuvellauni) • Shake That (2016, for Knytro Ft DJ Neptune and Razor B) • Baby You Drive Me Crazy (2016, for Knytro Ft DJ Neptune and Tabeta Cshae) • Pink Noise (2016, Irini Mando) • Nobody’s Fault But Mine (2015, Dir. Bradley Porter, for Fabian Holland) • Shanghai Brown (2015, for Mawkin) • Dark Matter (2014, Dir. Anthoula Drummond, for Mia and the Moon)
A County at War – Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire, a documentary commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenancy at the Queen’s request for every county to mark the centenary of World War 1, was written and directed by Howard Guard DL.
The edit comprised of stories from local Hertfordshires, told through animated photographs, and clips from Pathe and Getty. Rock Paper Scissors NY colourgraded, Warner Brothers De Lane Lea sound mixed, Elstree Studios provided motion graphics.
After it's premiere at The Rex cinema, Berkhamstead, 1800 copies were distributed to schools and museums. Howard was made an Honourary Doctorate and awarded an MBE.
Four years later, to commemorate the armistice, the Lord-Lieutenant commissioned a continuation to the story, following the Hertfordshire Regiment across the Channel to St. Julien, Ypres. My students from the Forces Media Academy - service leavers and veterans training for a career in the media - crewed the additional interviews. The film was mixed by Adam and Graham Daniel at Point1Post, Elstree. Thousands of DVDs were distributed to schools, clubs, and museums throughout Hertfordshire - raising tens of thousands for charity.
In recognition of this, I attended the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, in May 2019.
BLM Group Corporate (2018, Dir. Oskar Kudlacik) • Preachers (2017, Dir. Ivo Consi) • Squares (2016, Dir. Bernard Kordieh) • Infuse In:Session Seasons 1-3 (2013 - 2016) • BubbleBuds (2016, for Juice) • It Would Change Everything (2016, Dir. Hayley Buckingham) • When Jordan Cut His Hair (2015, Dir. Timi Ajani) • Unilever Personal Care Academy (2015, for Crooked House Films) • Breach (2014, Dir. Nat Valente) • Bizzy Bits Campaign (2014, at InVision Advertising; TX Cartoon Network, Boomerang) • Skyfall Charitable Regional Premiere (2012, in aid of FSID)
Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, Los Angeles (Nominated Best Comedy / Nominated Best Dramatic Comedy) • East End Film Festival, London • TMFF The Monthly Film Festival (Winner Best Director / Winner Best Feature Film) • Los Angeles Cinefest ...
Fort Lauderdale, Florida • MindleFest, Miami • UKScreenOne, Leicestershire • Ouchy Film Awards, Switzerland (Special Mention, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography) • Shorts On Tap, London • Thess, Greece (Semi Finalist) • ROMA Cinema Doc, Italy • Philip K. Dick Sci Fi, New York • Cinefest, Los Angeles • London Independent • Beeston International • Idyllwild International, California • WorldFest, Houston (Best International Short) • Sunscreen International, Florida • Laughlin International, Nevada • Chicago Afro Futuristic • Hollywood Shorts (Best Film, Best Director) • Global Shorts, France • Feel the Reel, Glasgow (Nominated Best Editor) • Richard Harris International, Ireland • HollyShorts Awards, Los Angeles (Best Coming Of Age Film) ...
Writing and Directorial
Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (2019, CALYCO) • Begin at Denmark Studios: Begin, Pick on the Wrong Party, Fantasy or Misery, Puppet Queen (2019, Tom Dibb) • Taste of You (2019, Mikey Martin) • Tracks (2019, Tom Dibb) • The Wedding Sessions: Make You Feel My Love, Songbird, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Lifting Me Higher, All My Life (2019, CK Gospel Choir) • Down Among the Dead Men: Midnight Ranger, Blind Fiddler (2018, Mawkin TX The Folk Show, Freeview 87) • The Christmas Sessions: Last Christmas (2017, CK Gospel Choir) • Hit the Road (2017, Tom Dibb) • Xenos (2017, Leon of Athens) • The Christmas Sessions at Canary Wharf: Oh Come All Ye Faithful (2016, CK Gospel Choir) • The Angel Sessions at the Angel Studios: Happy, Signed Sealed Delivered, My Soul Says Yes (2016, CK Gospel Choir) • The Wedding Sessions at the Royal Institute of British Architects: Yours, Hallelujah, You Are So Beautiful, All of Me, One Love (2016, CK Gospel Choir) • Shanghai Brown (2015, Mawkin) • Jolly Well Drunk (2014, Mawkin)
Occasionally, I direct and produce or co-produce commercial short form; from writing brand copy, achieving ambitious results on budget by shooting for the edit, and dissecting analytics.
'We needed a short video explaining a major change in the business. In an incredibly short time scale, James helped us with the brief, recorded and edited the video for us. As we had no previous experience of video creation, James guided us through each step and made the entire process simple. We were delighted with the quality of the final product.'
Paul Goulbourn, Cognitran, August 5th 2019
'James and his team did a great job for us in our publicity videos. From an initial meeting and separate recce of the venue, I knew that we were in safe hands. The results were great and we were all really pleased with them.'
Brian Lee, Liquid Strings Entertainment Agency
From 2015-18, I Visiting Lectured in editing to BA Film Production, and from 2017-18 in compositing to BA VFX, at Bucks New University, and am still in regular correspondence with many of my former pupils.
In 2017, I joined the LIBOR funded Forces Media Academy; an intensive one-year media course for service leavers, as the Associate Lecturer in Post Production, dedicating four days a month. During my two year appointment, 85% of graduates went straight into either full-time or freelance employment, including work experience at Warner Bros., Duty Operations Manager at Pinewood Studios, Social Media Officer for the Royal British Legion, running at The Farm, and joining me at the Edinburgh Television Festival.
YouTube Tutorials do an excellent job covering what buttons to click: I divide my sessions into Creative (mindfulness of the zeitgeist), Technical (familiarity with professional workflow), and Managerial skillsets. I strive to make the student experience magical and empowering; from arranging twenty-four-hour challenges pitching concepts to real clients, to arranging a masterclass with Jan Harlan at Elstree Studios - where he produced The Shining.
British Film Editors
British Film Editors (BFE) is a not-for-profit honorary society of over two hundred professional Film and Television Editors, formed in 1966. I was voted a Governor at the end of 2019.
During my tenure, I researched and produced a Career Ladder resource to guide assistants wishing to progress to editorial, and, together with wide-ranging industry support - from Salon to Netflix, curated the Cut Above Awards to launch in 2021, the first commendation of its kind to isolate the craft of editing, champion cognitive diversity, and not make contest out of culture.
However, after many hours of consultation, I found leveraging my privilege (Governors are not paid and do not claim expenses) to impose my preferred politics wreaked of entitlement, classist paternalism, and capitalising from attribution with prestige. I handed over the Cut Aboves to distinguished colleagues, and, as of September 2020, am on an indefinite sabbatical to consider how I can better serve industrial progress.