Writer / Executive Producer / 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.
James also serves on the Film Jury of The Writers' Guild, along with being a judge for other international film prizes.
For the last three years he has been hired by the London Screenwriters' Festival as a Director for the Actor Table Reads. In his career James has worked with over 100 actors.
His short film, The Inuring, is a multi-award winning drama. The film screened at the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival and continues to receive awards across the festival circuit, including most recently Best Director, Best Narrative Short Film, and Best in Show.
He has now directed Tobias Menzies in The Velvet Abstract, his muti-award winning environmental short film produced on six continents, and featuring visual effects talents from Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Guardians of the Galaxy, 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 is now on its film festival journey, and has won 8 awards so far, including 7 for Best Film.