Writer / Director
James’s debut short film was an official selection of multiple Oscar Qualifying Festivals such as the Calgary International Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival, to name just a few.
Based on this success he was flown to Tuscany to direct a stage show to a live audience of four thousand that was simultaneously broadcast on Italian television.
The following year, he was hired to be a Speaker for the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles, where he taught a popular class on short filmmaking, working alongside such luminaries as William Goldman.
As a screenwriter, he has sold three feature film screenplays and numerous short film scripts to international production companies, and also worked for a Los Angeles talent agency for a year as a Story Analyst.
In his career James has worked with over 200 actors.
His short film, The Inuring screened at the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival and another 60 film festivals. It won 20 awards across the festival circuit – a one in three win ratio. This included Best Director, three times, Best Narrative Short Film, twice, and Best in Show.
He also directed Tobias Menzies in The Velvet Abstract, his multi-award winning environmental short film produced on six continents, and featuring visual effects talents from Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Avatar, Lost, Game of Thrones, and many more. Scored by Composer Jean-Pascal Beintus, the film was part of a BAFTA environmental event where James was a panellist on stage for a live Q&A. It won 20 awards during its film festival journey, including 14 for Best Film.
Earlier this year, James shot another short film, When the Rain Sets In, a modern day love story, with a team from Oscar and Emmy winning productions. The pitch for the film itself won a contest at BAFTA. The film is now in post-production and will be released across the film festival circuit next year.