Hello

I'm James, a documentary filmmaker & creative director at We Are Ronin
I tell stories that build connections.

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Professional

My professional story is a balance of two roles; by day Creative Director at We Are Ronin - a video production agency. By night a documentary filmmaker. These two roles complement one another; I create cinematic documentaries that merge cinéma-vérité with coordinated sequences. Commercially, fully scripted films are made to feel effortless and natural, while carrying a strong story and aesthetic.

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.

I now work in Bristol and can regularly be found in Plymouth, Sheffield and Manchester. I lived in Cornwall for many years and still connected to the Rame Peninsula through the Cornish charity Kona, for whom I am projecting mentor and trustee.

My passions include analogue, black and white photography. I love Japanese culture, especially Aikido. I am honoured to be a member of the Shingitai Plymouth School of Aikido. 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 Jack Reacher novel or comic book. And of course travelling, food, coffee and cooking - in my spare time I used to apprentice as a sushi chef.

Some of my influences include Michael Palin, John Lennon, Tissier Sensei, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Douglas Adams, John Free, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sir Ken Robinson, Louis Theroux, Nick Broomfield, Seth Godin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gene Roddenberry, Steve Jobs and my father.