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James Higgins

Factual P/D, Filmmaker & Documentary Director

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London

About Me

Confident directing a full crew and working with high profile talent but equally at home working alone or self-shooting with multiple HD cameras.Have shot for broadcast for all 5 terrestrial television channels.I have a proven track record dealing with highly sensitive situations, developing relationships with contributors and am always calm u... Read More

Confident directing a full crew and working with high profile talent but equally at home working alone or self-shooting with multiple HD cameras.

Have shot for broadcast for all 5 terrestrial television channels.

I have a proven track record dealing with highly sensitive situations, developing relationships with contributors and am always calm under pressure.

Tenacious and hard working with sound editorial judgement, I always bring fresh ideas to a production and the ability to tell a compelling story.

Edit directing experience includes taking full programme episodes through the edit for BBC1 and BBC2

My credits span many genres but I especially enjoy working on engaging factual programming and challenging observational documentary films Read Less

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro / Soho Editors / 2018
Editing: Adobe Premiere ProSoho Editors2018
BBC Safeguarding Trust / BBC / 2014
BBC Safeguarding TrustBBC2014
BBC Editorial Policy Interactive Modules / BBC / 2014
BBC Editorial Policy Interactive ModulesBBC2014
BBC Sony PMW-500 Camera / BBC / 2012
BBC Sony PMW-500 Camera BBC2012
BBC Safe Management of Productions / BBC / 2012
BBC Safe Management of Productions BBC2012
BBC Canon XF305 Camera / BBC / 2011
BBC Canon XF305 Camera BBC2011
BBC Production Research / BBC / 2009
BBC Production ResearchBBC2009

James is a highly talented Producer/Director who has been a great asset to my team on a number of shoots. The work has involved producing confidential story material for high-end TV dramas, working with talent who are often pressed for time, and setting up quickly and professionally in challenging interior and exterior locations. James has risen to the occasion every time and produced perfectly shot footage in sometimes adverse circumstances, always being sensitive to the needs of talent and execs. I would not hesitate to use him again.

Cristen Caine, Producer

James is a keen, enthusiastic & hardworking self- shooting PD, able to work independently or as part of a team. He is always willing to listen & learn and was well liked by the crew and the contributors he filmed.

Blake McGrow

Top chap, top professional...

Will Hanrahan

I worked with James on a series of short VTs about famous historical figures. James was an excellent researcher who found fantastic contributors and locations, and never stopped working.

On location James was a confident and smooth self shooter, making contributors feel at ease and comfortable during filming.

James has all the skills a good director and AP needs and would be an asset to any production.

William Mager, Series Producer

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Commercials

    Live Events

    Short Film

    Online Content

  • Locations I can work in:

    Europe

    London

    South East

    South West

    North West

    Scotland

  • Skills/Permits:

    Access Negotiation

    Archive Clearance

    Driving Licence

    Casting

    Commentary Writing

    Heath And Safety Training

    Music Clearance

    PADI Diving Licence

    Safeguarding Trust

    Work Permit EU

    Secret Filming

    Script Writing

    Storytelling

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Canon 7D

    Adobe Premiere

    Digitising Rushes

    DSLR

    GoPro

    Lighting

    Nightvision Cameras

    PADI

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony a7S

    Sony PMW-EX3

    Sony PMW-200

    Sony PMW-500

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Sound Mixing

    Sound Recording

    Studio Experience

    Lighting Camera

    Sony PMW-F5

    Sony PMW-F55

    Multicamera Directing

    Multiplatform Experience

    Sony PXW-FS5

    Canon 5D MKII

    HD

    Multiplatform

    Polecam

    Underwater Filming

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon XF105

    Canon XF305

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