Hello

I'm James, I can be founding making documentaries at Ronin, currently researching a feature doc about arguably the worlds most intense martial arts course in Japan .When not working on my own films I support other productions, freelancing in various roles. Welcome to my online home.

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Professional

My professional life is a balance of two roles. By day I am a freelance crew member, working on commercial, documentary and narrative projects. By night I run a small documentary production company. I'm currently producing a film about the Japanese martial art of Aikido, pencilled for production in 2019/20. 

These two roles complement one another. I direct cinematic documentaries with compelling stories with an artistic sensibility. My style merges uncontrolled and scripted sequences that feel effortless.

I love being on set, even if its just carrying boxes! So to balance the 'millionaire documentary career,' I support commercial and narrative shoots, usually in the camera and lighting departments, but also in sound and post.

Every project is a new chance to learn. I get to meet the coolest and most interesting people from so many walks of life, allowing me to develop as a storyteller, creative professional and wannabe 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, London and Bristol on a regular basis, and once a month I visit Austria where Ronin has a small office. I lived in Devon and Cornwall for many years working on my last doc; I am still deeply connected to the Rame Peninsula through my work as a trustee and mentor for the charity, Kona.

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 found 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, podcasts, climbing, coffee and cooking - I moonlighted as a sushi chef for a while.

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