Hello

I'm James, a documentary filmmaker currently researching a documentray on Aikido.

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Professional

My professional life is a balance of two roles. By day I am documentary filmmaker, currently producing a film about the Japanese martial art of Aikido, to be shot in Japan in 2019. By night I am the Creative Director at We Are Ronin - a video production agency.

These two roles complement one another; I create cinematic documentaries that merge uncontrolled and narrative sequences. And commercial films that feel effortless while having a polished production quality, strong story and photographic aesthetics.

In both roles I consider myself to be an immersive filmmaker. I work in close cooperation with the people who are important to the story. We go on the adventure together - the process builds rapport, allowing me to better understand protagonists, narrative and locations before working with a larger crew. 

Every project is a new chance to learn; allowing me to develop as a storyteller, creative professional and adventurer.

 

Personal

I'm fortunate my work allows me to travel. I might be a dromomaniac - someone with an uncontrollable urge to wander. My family call me a gypsie, perhaps nomad is a good compromise.

My work takes me to Sheffield, Manchester, Cornwall and Bristol on a regular basis, and once a month I visit Austria. I lived in Devon and Cornwall for many years; I'm lucky to be connected to the Cornish Rame Peninsula through the charity Kona as a founding member, mentor and trustee.

My passions include analogue photography, Japanese culture, especially Aikido. Despite travelling I am still a member of the Shingitai Plymouth School of Aikido where I first discovered the art. The training helps me to get in touch with the way my body moves - usually different from what my mind expects! It is the most challenging art form I have ever practised and at the same time the most addictive.

I enjoy art, films, reading – non-fiction mainly apart from the odd guilty pleasure of a Lee Childs novel or random comic. And of course travelling, food, coffee and cooking - I apprentice as a sushi chef.

Some of my influences include Michael Palin, John Lennon, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Douglas Adams, John Free, Bill Murray, Ken Robinson, Louis Theroux, Nick Broomfield, Seth Godin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andy Kaufman, Steve Jobs and my father.