Steve Backshall - Exec Producer/ Expedition Leader ‘Expedition’ (BBC, UKTV and Fremantle TV worldwide)
During Winter 2018/2019 I was involved in a ten-part film project named Expedition, where my team completed exploratory firsts around the world. The most impressive single performer of all of the dozens of ‘best in field’ professionals that I worked with, was James ‘Pringle’ Bebbington.
As a world champion, his whitewater qualifications speak for themselves. However his work ethic, and talent behind the camera was a revelation. On a first descent of a Himalayan whitewater river of significant danger, James was the first out of his tent every morning, the first fitting up specialist cameras to our boats, carefully checking that everything would function for the day ahead. On the water, he shot 4K visuals… whilst paddling through rapids up to class IV. Sometimes backwards. I have never seen anything like it. When given more time to compose his shots, James created images that were cinematic and grand on a variety of different cameras.
It is though his amiable personality that makes him the most delightful of team members. He can fit in to any social or work environment, is easy to be around, thoughtful and considerate; a positive addition to any team. I would not hesitate to recommend him; even for jobs that are significantly different to his current experience and skillset. His adaptability and preparation will see him flourish in any number of different media scenarios.
Susanna Handslip - Series Producer 'Expedition', True to Nature.
James's (Pring's) camerawork brought our film to life. Using kayak mounted Go Pros, helmet cameras and a GH5 he takes the viewer on the journey alongside the kayakers - we're no longer a bystander - we're in the whitewater with them.
He always managed to position himself in the right place for the perfect shot - which is no mean feat on grade V whitewater. He also managed to film great pieces to camera with Steve whilst kayaking backwards down a Himalayan first descent. We would jump at the chance of working with him again.
Susanna Handslip - True to Nature
Aldo Kane - Explorer, Presenter, World Record Rower and former Commando
James was the in-water adventure camera man on our first descent expedition, for the Steve Backshall "Expedition" (WT) Series.
Due to the nature of expedition filming James was also acting as second camera covering lots of land based actuality in an extreme, hazardous and remote locations, in Bhutan.
James not only covers the camera operations but has a good knowledge of general safety protocols. It was reassuring for me to know he was part of the "Expedition" team.