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James Chisholm

Director of Photography | Filmmaker | Photographer

A few words about me…

I am a filmmaker and photographer covering Bristol, London, and the South West with 10 years shooting experience. I have operated and lit a range of shoots including features, music videos, live events, corporate videos, documentary films, and promotional videos.

Passionate about filming I feel at home behind the camera and pride myself on bringing a positive attitude to set with me! With a long-standing love of film I have found cinematography is not only the blending of great compositions with beautiful lighting, but also creating an interior meaning which underpins the shot.

When collaborating with directors there’s nothing I enjoy more that bringing a story, a vision, to life through imagery.



Shooting and lighting projects is my passion however a huge part of any job involves overcoming challenges, keeping a cool head to produce high quality visuals.

Doing this efficiently with a good attitude, on time, and within budget is something I pride myself on.

“We have worked with James for several years and across various projects now, most recently on the Documentary Series ‘Woky Man’ showcasing Asian food culture in the U.K. His passion and talent for great cinematography always shines through always bringing new creative styles tailored to the project in hand. He has a wealth of technical experience, enjoys the problem solving inherent with filmmaking, and he’s always a pleasure to be around on set.”



Ryan & Anne Marie – Company Directors – ShyGuys LTD

“James is a diligent and dependable DP whose calm demeanour and team player focus are indispensable on set. He works effortlessly well with cast and crew alike and is always ready for a challenge displaying a can do attitude that frequently sees him willing to go above and beyond what’s expected to get the shot no matter the situation. His ability to create imaginative and beautiful lighting while working within physical and budget limitations are a real credit to his talent and passion for lighting and evidence of his well developed taste in cinematography.”

Ross Wilson – Dir. ‘Spin State’ (feature) – React Films

“I have known and worked with James for a long time now and consider him a close friend and incredible colleague. His attention to detail is unparalleled and consistently shines through from project to project. He has an incredible eye for telling a story and is an absolute genius behind the camera. I owe him a great amount of thanks for making some of the projects that we have worked on together the projects that they became, and continually look forward to working with him in the future.”


Jonny Finnis – Director – JFinnis Films

Looking to collaborate?

If you have a project coming up and you’re interested in collaborating please get in touch! Feel free to check me out on socials and give me a shout if you’d like to discuss anything at all, I’m always excited to meet new creatives and professionals!

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