Hi, I'm James.
I edit. The more complex the human drama, the more imaginative the settings, the better. I also streamline end to end workflow, with experience in VFX and Motion Graphics.
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 told with wit and emotional kick; made with different groups of people, for different ends.
Please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like us to work together, or if you just fancy a cuppa.
'James was great to work with' Anshu Ahuja, Series Producer First Dates
'James you are a star!!! IT IS BRILLIANT.' Ella Street, Unilever
'That was quick!... You are brilliant!' Donna Coulling, PA to Helena Bonham Carter
'Thank YOU so much for giving up your time and sharing your knowledge' Rhiannon Robertson, Edinburgh International Television Festival
‘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
Desert Island Discs with Graeme Kay (2014, for the St Albans International Organ Festival) • A County At War: Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire (2014, Dir. Howard Guard DL) • In Pursuit of Luxury (2014, Taster Tape, for Ice Blue Media) • Fractured Minds (2015, Dir. Alan Mallyon) • West Side Story (2015, Live, for the Factory Playhouse) • Oliver! (2016, Live, for the Factory Playhouse) • How You Look at Me (2016, Dir. Gabriel Henrique Gonzalez) • London Unplugged (2018, Portmanteau by Nick Cohen, at TVCSoho) • A County At War: Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire The Armistice Edition (2018, Dir. Howard Guard DL MBE) • Robin Hood Complex: Ukraine (2018, Dir. Emile Ghessen, Online edit)
The Electric Animal Circus Campaign (2013, Dir. Patrick Gleeson) • The Perfectionism Cure (2014, Dir. Jennifer Gresham, EveryDayBright) • BMW i3 Launch (2014, for Synter Harold Wood) • Elstree Studios Canne Showreel (2015, Dir. Robert Finlay, at Elstree Studios) • SEMLEP Local Enterprise Partnership (2015, at Elstree Studios) • Pincerna (2016, for 2025 films) • Emil Dale Performing Arts Academy (2014 - 2016) • Mirror Care (2016, Dir. Alan Mallyon, for 2025 films) • Hertsmere Civic Awards (2015-2016, Dir. Robert Finlay, at Elstree Studios) • Haemnet Charity Trust (2016) • First Care (2016, Dir. Kevin Imajemite) • Bloody Good Period Promo (2017, for Subtletee) • Liquid Strings (2019, 10 x 30", for Liquid Strings) • It's Just Hair (2019, for Subtletee)
Fear in a Handful of Dust (Dir. Rob Finlay, 2015, at Elstree Studios) • Surviving (Dir. Rob Finlay, 2015, at Elstree Studios) • After the Party (Dir. Emma Nan Hu, 2015) • Never Forget Your Anniversary (Dir. Emma Nan Hu, 2015) • Three Taps (Dir. Dean Philips, 2016) • The Con Game (Dir. Jane Sanger, 2016) • No Country for Old Women (Dir. Jome Joesph, 2017) • Melody (Dir. Bernard Kordieh, 2018)
Dark Matter (2014, Dir. Anthoula Drummond, for Mia and the Moon) • Shanghai Brown (2015, for Mawkin) • Nobody’s Fault But Mine (2015, Dir. Bradley Porter, for Fabian Holland) • Pink Noise (2016, Irini Mando) • Baby You Drive Me Crazy (2016, for Knytro Ft DJ Neptune and Tabeta Cshae) • Shake That (2016, for Knytro Ft DJ Neptune and Razor B) • Hector the Hero (2018, Dir. Josh Lyon, for Catuvellauni) • Ring My Bell (2018, Dir. Adriel Leff for WayOut Films - online, grade)
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.
Skyfall Charitable Regional Premiere (2012, in aid of FSID) • Bizzy Bits Campaign (2014, at InVision Advertising; TX Cartoon Network, Boomerang) • Breach (2014, Dir. Nat Valente) • Unilever Personal Care Academy (2015, for Crooked House Films) • When Jordan Cut His Hair (2015, Dir. Timi Ajani) • It Would Change Everything (2016, Dir. Hayley Buckingham) • BubbleBuds (2016, for Juice) • Infuse In:Session Seasons 1-3 (2013 - 2016) • Squares (2016, Dir. Bernard Kordieh) • Preachers (2017, Dir. Ivo Consi) • BLM Group Corporate (2018, Dir. Oskar Kudlacik)
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
Jolly Well Drunk (2014, Mawkin) • The Wedding Sessions, at Royal Institute of British Architects (2016, CK Gospel Choir) • The Angel Sessions (2016, CK Gospel Choir) • The Christmas Sessions, at Canary Wharf (2016, CK Gospel Choir) • Xenos (2017, Leon of Athens) • Hit the Road (2017, Tom Dibb) • Down Among the Dead Men Series (2018, Mawkin TX The Folk Show, Freeview 87) • The Christmas Sessions (2018, CK Gospel Choir) • The Wedding Sessions (2019, CK Gospel Choir) • Taste of You (2019, Mikey Martin) • Tracks (2019, Tom Dibb) • Union Chapel Sessions (2019, Leon of Athens)
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, and The X-Files.