Category Archives: Branded Content

Blue Bay Travel

I have just returned from another trip to the Caribbean with Blue Bay Travel.

The job involved a 26 day shoot across Barbados, Tobago, Antigua, St. Lucia and the Grenadines. Branded content was filmed for both resorts and tourist boards and is currently being edited.

Chinese Toread Commercial

Several months back I worked with Chinese Director Jai Li on a Toread commercial shot in Queenstown. The feature starred Chinese actor Shia Yu, whom I had also previously worked with. As DoP, I shot the majority of content on the Sony Fs7 on both a tripod and Ronin before it was edited in China.

The commercial is now available online and showing in and around China on their social media.

Jetstar Flying Kiwis

James was recently contracted by Frontside in Auckland as part of a 3-man camera team to shoot branded content for Jetstar New Zealand.

In celebration of Jetstar’s birthday, they gave New Zealanders the chance to take flight for the very first time with their “Flight of the Flightless Kiwi” competition.

James filmed aspects of the arrival into Queenstown and the content at Coronet Peak. Watch the video here.


The US Ski Team were training in Queenstown and Wanaka recently with their sponsor LL BEAN.

James was brought on board through location producer, Philip Turner ( to work alongside Tony Young ( With Tony providing drone coverage, James was responsible for standard camera coverage, hand-held and on a tripod.

The edit should be out in August and we’ll put it up in our branded content section once it is.

Winter Transition Making of…

Air New Zealand recently released the Diaries Down Under produced Winter Transition video.

James was brought onboard by Diaries Down Under to film the majority of the behind the scenes video. This involved traveling to Arrowtown and the Remarkables with Producer Nick Hyne to document the installation of the long term time-lapse devices, The Sentinel. Watch the videos below.

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Skyline Queenstown

We are thrilled to have tendered for and won the contract to produce new content for Skyline Enterprises, Queenstown.

Working together with both Tony Young and David Oakley providing drone filming, James has been directing, filming and editing new content.

Filming has been delayed substantially with some interesting weather patterns coming through the region but with three days completed with several different sets of models, one day remains before editing begins.

The featured image is the Aurora Australis; a shot James took whilst shooting a time-lapse during Skyline Stargazing.