Nick James

Director | Photographer | Editor

As a visual storyteller, my creations take form in many mediums. This means that I am always using new tools to help me in my craft. I direct and shoot videos, cutting tales from dialogue and action. As a creative thinker, I enjoy coming up with smart solutions to creative roadblocks.

Career Biography

For as long as I can remember, my creative mind has been ticking overtime. As a kid I grew up with a paintbrush in hand and a camera over my shoulder. I graduated with an arts degree in film school in 2008 and ever since have produced and edited video content and photography of all types. My knowledge of media and storytelling has steadily strengthened over the years and my filmography now ranges from documentaries and short films to music videos, promotional material and training videos. I have also been hired for my art skills, doing small bits of design work and touch ups for web and print.

As a tech junkie, excited about the future of digital, I am constantly reading up on the latest digital trends, and ways to simplify our lives with software. I have sat in on marketing meetings for clients as my knowledge of what can and can't be done with media in the modern digital world has been of use when brainstorming brand campaigns.

Music also inspires me, and keeps me saving up for the next big festival or live show. I watch tons of live gigs and take pride in my knowledge of bands and DJ's most people havent heard of. Shooting and editing music videos and live performances is a passion of mine.

Shutterspace, a production company and Cape Town blog I co-founded in 2012, became the base of operations for my foray into film and photography. I designed the website to showcase and build a brand around my work. I also wrote for the blog.

I have a full working knowledge of the Adobe Creative suite. I generally shoot and light my own material. I have shot on film, broadcast camera's and DSLR's. I have worked to briefs with small budgets and have come up with good ideas on my own working to almost no budget.


Video Production

Music Video: AB Turbo - "Carry Me Away"

Short Film: "Welcome to Uglytown"

Documentary: "Mandela Remembered"

Event Promo: Back in Five Minutes

Launch Teaser: Knock Knock Bar

Live Performance: Fox Comet - Same Way

Unplugged Performance: Fox Comet - Leave the Rest

Commercial: Get Accepted Printed

Editorial Spotlight: Cruising through the Cederberg on a KTM 990

Corporate Promo: "Welcome to GVI"

Commercial: AVANSA Money Counters

Video Manual: AVANSA Pocketscale 4700 Operational Guide



Transkei Dwelling
Crossfire Collision
Dhow Fishing Boat
Girl in Long Grass
Colour Me Crazy
Stellenbosch Wedding
Model Shoot
Black Friday
Red Cross Childrens Hospital
Unbridalled Joy
Toms Birthday
Fox Comet in Studio
Out and About
Challenger Breaks
Fashion Catalogue
Fashion Catalogue
Fashion Catalogue
Fashion Catalogue
Celestine and Shaun
Sample Touch Ups
Vintage Button Design
Business Coach Final Product
Band Flyer
Table Mountain
Transkei Street Shop
Craft Market Banner
Responsive Design Wireframe