SLOTHFILM - is the home of commercial DOP and camera operator James Bebbington.
I (James) work as a director of photography specialising in 2 main areas - Adventure, Sports & Expedition productions & TV commercials but regularly work across many other genres.
Over the last few years I’ve shot over 50 TV adverts, various adventure sports segments, music videos, short films, multiple sports documentaries and an independent feature film.
My work as a camera operator / DOP has been aired across all the major UK TV channels - BBC, SKY, ITV, C4, DAVE, E4 and on various networks internationally.
I’ve also been privileged enough to film two world first expeditions with Steve Backshall. The first in 2018 was a mission to tackle the last un-run river of the Himalayas by Kayak. Then in 2020 I got to work with Steve again on the second series where I ended up filming bears up close from the water on another kayak first descent in Kamchatka, Russia.
To enable me to be of value working as both a director of photography and as an adventure, sports & expedition specialist the skills I've learnt along the way have been wide ranging - whether that be setting up custom go pros, operating a RED on a gimbal, lighting a fashion shoot, shooting sync in the field or grabbing drone shots.
I originally learnt how to film creating content for sponsors - I’ve been on the GB kayak team since 2004 and was the 2011 World Kayak Champion and am currently ranked 6th in the world.
This love of filming blossomed alongside my kayak skills - aged eighteen I filmed our kayak adventures for a season and released a successful feature length Kayaking film called "Next Ticket".
Using the skills I gained as a kayaker I’ve operated in all manner of hazardous and hard to reach environments to get engaging coverage and unique shots. This was best used on the recent Bhutan & Kamchatka episodes of Steve Backshall’s Expedition series which I worked on as the kayaking cameraman.
Given my unusual background, i’m just as at home being part of a large crew lighting and shooting a studio based TV advert as I am working solo kayaking backwards down an un-run river filming a piece to camera whilst navigating grade 5 rapids.
What drove me to enjoy working in such opposite ends of the filming spectrum is what led to my success in kayaking. I LOVE learning to technically and creatively figure out how to do things and innovate solutions.
Below is a behind the scenes glimpse into my work on the Bhutan episode of Steve Backshall's Expedition Series
• CAA licensed Drone Operator
• iRata level one
• 16 hour remote locations first aid
• Full Video Production - From conception to delivery
• Operate a range of cameras - RED, Sony, Panasonic, Blackmagic's and extensively with GoPros
• Fly and film using drones - Mavic 2 Pro
• Operate Gimbals - Ronin / Ronin 2
• Light , Edit & Sound mix - FCPx / Resolve
• Colour grade - Davinci Resolve