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James Barber

Director / Senior Editor / Motion Graphics

Personal Service Company

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I'm a multi-skilled filmmaker with 16 years of experience.

I'm sought after for my creativity, versatility, and my ability to burn away creative mess to distill an idea.

In a full-circle journey, I spent the first two years after my Film/Drama degree writing, directing and producing in a successful start-up production company in Johannesburg. Then moved to two different countries, have been working in post-production, and now moving back to directing, while continuing to work in post.

In my early days to gain a broad base of skills, I assisted cinematographers, fashion photographers, lived in Japan, then moved to the UK (over a decade ago), been a copywriter and made some short films that got cinema releases, national broadcasts, and huge online views.

Having now worked successfully in London post-production for 10 years, I’m stepping back into directing, while continuing to edit and consult in post-production workflows for major clients.

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I'm a highly multi-skilled filmmaker.

As an editor, colourist and after effects generalist, I've edited and graded hundreds of videos for major ad agencies and brands.

I've worked as a VFX editor and understand high-end VFX workflows.

As a DoP/AC, I was shooting award winning films and ads fifteen years ago and am even more skilled now, due to working with a variety of incredibly skilled DoPs over the years.

As a writer/director, I've made films that flew me to New York for film festivals, won some awards, and have a 1mil+ view video under my belt, along with a new short thriller film making its way into festivals soon.

It's a rare combination of skills that I have gathered over the years; I believe it adds up to sum greater than its parts, in someone who can effectively guide all parts of a production.

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Nike, Microsoft, Facebook, Pernod Ricard, Dyson, Adidas, Mclaren, HSBC, EE, O2 and more.

Directed a short with Sebastien Foucan, famed founder of Freerunning, over 1mil views on Youtube.

Attending the NYU Student Film Festival in 2005.

DP for Vuka award winning ad, (Getting It On) 2006.

Writer/director on an exciting new short film, Prima, at festivals soon!

United Kingdom

Skills

Editing, Directing, Shooting, Motion graphics, Writing, Grading, Short-Form, Online, Fiction, Lighting

Work History

Havas London

Director / Senior Editor / Motion Graphics

March 2021 – March 2021

Havas London

Director / Senior Editor / Motion Graphics

December 2020 – December 2020

Havas London

Director / Senior Editor / Motion Graphics

December 2020

Havas London

Director / Senior Editor / Motion Graphics

December 2020 – December 2020
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