Pushing Myanmar Filming

I recently returned  from Yangon filming a short documentary on the evolving skateboard scene in Myanmar.

Make Life Skate Life raised over $20k via Indie GoGo to build a skatepark late last year. I have been in Yangon making a short film about this which marks the culmination of a 7 year project. Pushing Myanmar is a direct follow up to Youth of Yangon and Altered Focus: Burma.


Franz Joseph Filming

I have been up in Franz Joseph for the past week with Storyworks’ Josh Wallace filming new content for Ngāi Tahu.

With two recce days and 5 shoot days we have been filming new content for the Franz Joseph Glacier Valley Walk, Glacier Hotpools and a destination feature on the Franz Joseph Township.

Shotover Jet Commercial

At the beginning of March, I directed the new Shotover Jet Commercial.

The production of the World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat had been planned since the beginning of the year and in March a weather window, crew and talent availability made it possible to shoot.

The new commercial should be available in April and below we have  a  behind the scenes gallery to get you excited in the meantime!

Director: James Holman
DoP: Josh Wallace
Drone Cinematography: David Oakley
Drone Pilots: David Oakley and Colin Aitchison

Pushing Myanmar

Last October we repurposed our documentary Youth of Yangon for Make Life Skate Life as a crowd funding campaign to build a skatepark in Myanmar. The Indie Go Go project successfully met it’s target, raising $21,525 and the park was built in November 2015.

In April 2016, I will return to Myanmar to produce a short documentary on the skateboard scene and the impact the park has had on the community there. It will the third and final film in a six year journey that has included the award-winning Altered Focus: Burma and Youth of Yangon.

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.

Mount Cook Alpine Salmon

James recently worked as second camera operator for David Oakley on a commercial for Mount Cook Alpine Salmon.

This is a great example of what can be achieved with the right planning and preparation in 5 days. This involved a 2 day shoot at three locations in Otago and a 3 day edit.

Directed and shot by David Oakley.
Second camera and GoPro by James Holman.
Edited by David Oakley.

Video Production, Queenstown.