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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 ancient forests of Southern Hertfordshire, forty minutes from London Euston, from my Wooden Post House.

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 woodenposthouse@gmail.com if you'd like us to work together, or if you just fancy a cuppa.

PS. I am not on social media.

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 ancient forests of Southern Hertfordshire, forty minutes from London Euston, from my Wooden Post House.

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 woodenposthouse@gmail.com if you'd like us to work together, or if you just fancy a cuppa.

PS. I am not on social media.

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It's Just Hair: Before and After
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Melody Trailer
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Kermode Uncut: Your Thoughts On Editing
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Hertsmere COVID Campaign
Emilia Clarke & Paul Feig
Antartctica: The First Female Bame Expedition to the South Pole
How You Look at Me - Official Trailer
It's Just Hair: Before and After
Melody Trailer
Kermode Uncut: Your Thoughts On Editing
CK Gospel Choir - Hallelujah - The Wedding Sessions
Midnight Ranger - Mawkin (Official Video)
A County At War: Life on the Homefront in Hertfordshire The Armistice Edition
CK Gospel Choir - Happy - The Angel Studio Sessions
Mikey Martin - Taste Of You
CK Gospel Choir - O Come All Ye Faithful - The Christmas Sessions
LS London String Quartet
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'Well-plotted... and consistently intriguing'
Empire Magazine
on London Unplugged

★ ★ ★ ★ 'especially distinctive'
The Times
on London Unplugged

★ ★ ★ ★
Amazon Prime on How You Look At Me

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Beautifully Chaotic’
IndyRED on Melody

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘visually intoxicating’
UK Film Review 
on Melody

'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

‘I admired your calm efficiency and good humour
throughout those long sessions in the bunker’

The Countess of Verulam, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

'Well-plotted... and consistently intriguing'
Empire Magazine
on London Unplugged

★ ★ ★ ★ 'especially distinctive'
The Times
on London Unplugged

★ ★ ★ ★
Amazon Prime on How You Look At Me

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Beautifully Chaotic’
IndyRED on Melody

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘visually intoxicating’
UK Film Review 
on Melody

'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

‘I admired your calm efficiency and good humour throughout those long sessions in the bunker’
The Countess of Verulam, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

Editorial

Long Form

SAY IT LOUD with Jackie Adedeji (Eps 1 - 6, 2020-21, The TV Foundation) • RTS Christmas Special: TV’S Most Memorable Political Moments (3 x 1" VTs. 2020, ITN, in celebration of their 65th anniversary) • The Variety Outstanding Achievement Award Interview: David Harewood (2020, Edinburgh TV Awards) • 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) 

 

Festival Premieres

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 ...

 

Shorts

Water (Dir. Joshua Townson, 2021) • 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)

 

Festival Premieres

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) ...

 

Commercial

National Conference VTs (2021, for Housing Diversity Network) Kursaal Comeback: The Results (2021, for Concrete Culture) 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: Solo Cellist, Jazz and Pop Quartet, Bookings FAQ (2019, filmed at the Saville Club, Mayfair, 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)

 

Music Video

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)

 

Sizzle Reel

TVs are either mini-cinematic experiences, or intimate, homely relationships. Programming has to serve both.
I have cut multiple sizzle reels and pilots for shows and features that have gone onto be commissioned, for ALASKATV, BFBS, and Ice Blue Media.

 

Showreel

Stake out the breadth of your on-screen brand.
I have cut showreels for actors in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Infiltrator, Captain Philips, World War Z, Hustle, Doctors, My HeroCasualty, Tru Detective, Stargate SG-1, Riviera, Deep State, The Capture and The X-Files.

 

VFX

Long Form

In a Year (2017, Dir. Nicole Pott) • Rise of the FootSoldier 2 (2015, Dir. Ricci Harnett)

 

Short Form

Water (2021, Dir. Joshua Townson) • Body Love (2020, Dir. Carissa Thorne) • 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)

VFX

Long Form

In a Year (2017, Dir. Nicole Pott) • Rise of the FootSoldier 2 (2015, Dir. Ricci Harnett)

 

Short Form

Water (2021, Dir. Joshua Townson) • Body Love (2020, Dir. Carissa Thorne) • 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)

Through Creative Agencies

 

 

A skillset safety net, where politics come to a head.

Through Creative Agencies, and so redacted here, I've edited - among many good works - and with combinations of suping, mixing, undertaking graphics or visual effects, and grading - major projects for eleven past and present FTSE 100 companies, and many more influencers.

Virals with millions of views,
Internals announcing major change,
Multi-million pound campaigns,
All issued with a single day rate for the bulk of post production.

Through Creative Agencies

A skillset safety net, where politics come to a head.

Through Creative Agencies, and so redacted here, I've edited - among many good works - and with combinations of suping, mixing, undertaking graphics or visual effects, and grading - major projects for eleven past and present FTSE 100 companies, and many more influencers.

Virals with millions of views,
Internals announcing major change,
Multi-million pound campaigns,
All issued with a single day rate for the bulk of post production.

Training

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 clients large and small, to arranging a masterclass with Jan Harlan at Elstree Studios - where he produced The Shining.

I have also delivered Professional Development Masterclasses at the University of Hertfordshire, and have edited undergraduate films at LAMDA.

Training

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 clients large and small, to arranging a masterclass with Jan Harlan at Elstree Studios - where he produced The Shining.

I have also delivered Professional Development Masterclasses at the University of Hertfordshire, and have edited undergraduate films at LAMDA.

Direction

Music Video

Searching for Lambs (2021, James Delarre) • Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (2019, CALYCO) • Begin: Begin, Pick on the Wrong Party, Fantasy or Misery, Puppet Queen (2019, filmed at Denmark Studios, 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) • The Christmas Sessions: Last Christmas (2017, CK Gospel Choir) • Hit the Road (2017, Tom Dibb) • Xenos (2017, Leon of Athens) • The Christmas Sessions: Oh Come All Ye Faithful (2016, filmed at Canary Wharf, CK Gospel Choir) • The Angel Sessions: Happy, Signed Sealed Delivered, My Soul Says Yes (2016, filmed at Angel Studios, CK Gospel Choir) • The Wedding Sessions: Yours, Hallelujah, You Are So Beautiful, All of Me, One Love (2016, CK Gospel Choir, filmed at the Royal Institute of British Architects) • Shanghai Brown (2015, Mawkin) • Jolly Well Drunk (2014, Mawkin)

 

Corporate

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

Original

Falling for a SongBird (2016, written with Jennie Buckman, filmed in the Lake District, score composed by Robyn Phiri and performed by Chereene Allen of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, sound mixed by Daniel Lloyd Evans and Shutter Audio, screened at Warner Bros Holborn) • Lost Heroes (2014) • A Policeman in Prison (2014)

 

Direction

Original

Falling for a SongBird (2016, written with Jennie Buckman, filmed in the Lake District, score composed by Robyn Phiri and performed by Chereene Allen of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, sound mixed by Daniel Lloyd Evans and Shutter Audio, screened at Warner Bros Holborn) • Lost Heroes (2014) • A Policeman in Prison (2014)

 

Music Video

Searching for Lambs (2021, James Delarre) • Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (2019, CALYCO) • Begin: Begin, Pick on the Wrong Party, Fantasy or Misery, Puppet Queen (2019, filmed at Denmark Studios, 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) • The Christmas Sessions: Last Christmas (2017, CK Gospel Choir) • Hit the Road (2017, Tom Dibb) • Xenos (2017, Leon of Athens) • The Christmas Sessions: Oh Come All Ye Faithful (2016, filmed at Canary Wharf, CK Gospel Choir) • The Angel Sessions: Happy, Signed Sealed Delivered, My Soul Says Yes (2016, filmed at Angel Studios, CK Gospel Choir) • The Wedding Sessions: Yours, Hallelujah, You Are So Beautiful, All of Me, One Love (2016, CK Gospel Choir, filmed at the Royal Institute of British Architects) • Shanghai Brown (2015, Mawkin) • Jolly Well Drunk (2014, Mawkin)

 

Corporate

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

A County At War

A County at War – Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire is a documentary commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenancy at the Queen’s request for every county to mark the centenary of World War 1, and was written and directed by Howard Guard DL.

The edit comprised of stories from local Hertfordshires, told through animated photographs. 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 by the University of Hertfordshire, 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.

A County At War

A County at War – Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire is a documentary commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenancy at the Queen’s request for every county to mark the centenary of World War 1, and was written and directed by Howard Guard DL.

The edit comprised of stories from local Hertfordshires, told through animated photographs. 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 by the University of Hertfordshire, 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.

A Cut Above

British Film Editors (BFE) is a not-for-profit honorary society of over two hundred professional Film and Television Editors, formed in 1966. I joined the Board the end of 2019.

During my tenure, I researched and produced a Career Ladder resource to guide assistants wishing to progress to editorial, contributed to articles in The Guardian, 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. 

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A Cut Above

British Film Editors (BFE) is a not-for-profit honorary society of over two hundred professional Film and Television Editors, formed in 1966. I joined the Board at the end of 2019.

During my tenure, I researched and produced a Career Ladder resource to guide assistants wishing to progress to editorial, contributed to articles in The Guardian, 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.