James began working at SAE London in October 2016.
James has worked in short film production since 1997, primarily as a writer/producer and, occasionally, as a director. Recent projects have included commissions from the British Council and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write, produce and direct various projects for the online, global audience.
Earlier in his working life, James was long listed for BAFTA Nomination in the Best Short Film category with a short film he produced for ITV's new filmmaker strand, First Cut. Way back in 2004, James was one of the founding team of the Viewfinder Film Festival in Gloucestershire.
More recently, James co wrote the screenplay for the short film Chasing Cotards which featured the actor Andrew Scott and which premiered at the IMAX in London in 2010 before being selected to play at a number of film festivals in North America.
Currently, James has recently completed work with an animation director on a feature film screenplay. That script is currently out to several studios.
In the world of books and film journalism, James's work includes Animated Films (Virgin Books), Coppola (Virgin Books) and The Films of Pixar Animation Studio (Kamera Books). In autumn 2017, James's next book, Year of the Geek, is due to be published. In his magazine journalism work, James has written extensively for 3DArtist and 3DWorld magazines, covering the work of studios such as ILM, Sony Imageworks, Tippett Studio and Pixar.
James has taught at the University of Warwick, the University of Sussex and the University of Gloucestershire amongst other institutions. He has also taught for the Workers' Educational Association and has given talks about film for the BFI, the British Council and the British Library amongst other venues.