James's cheesy corporate headshot

James Bailey

Technical Supervisor, DoP, Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, Data Wrangler, Minicam Specialist, Techy dude.

About James

James is a camera operator, assistant, editor and technical supervisor and general geeky guru with comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of broadcast equipment.

When he was young his dream job was to have a BBC pass and do something at Television Centre in London. However, by the time he was ready to do that the BBC decided to knock it down and turn it into flats, so he settled for Mad Dogs Television instead. Making such an impression during a work experience shoot for the company he was offered a job with Mad Dogs when he finished university.

Having now worked here for 11 years now he’s gone from kit room monkey, camera assistant, accountant, bookings coordinator to lighting camera, jib assistant and just sometimes as a director of photography too. Jack of all? James is also now a partner at Mad Dogs.

James’s big passion is time-lapse photography, having researched, built and trained up on his own unique workflow James has created time-lapses for many hit shows in many unique parts of the world; From the sunny Caribbean, the cold depths of Alaska.

James is available to hire as a Technical Supervisor, Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, Data Wrangler and Minicam Specialist.

James on location at RAF Lossiemouth

James is a massive BBC News geek and even collects jingles

Personal Profile

I’m highly technical and lover of anything with buttons. Happy to adjust to any situation to get the most of out any production, from camera operator, stills photographer to camera assistant or DIT I am highly flexible in my roles for production. With a comprehensive technical knowledge on a wide range of broadcast equipment, I’ve spent the last decade working at Mad Dogs Television. In the office I’m often learning new equipment and creating new workflows and on location I’ve worked on everything from high end commercials and ident production and hit primetime shows to simple camera assisting duties and data wrangling.

I got my first inkling of wanting to work TV when I first caught sight of the BBC News 24 top of the hour countdown. I loved it, the music and the visuals I thought were amazingly clever and dynamic and as a result I started to teach myself about timelapse photography. From this simple start I went on to discover my passion for television production and using my skills to help others achieve their vision which has developed into a career I truly love.

James on location in Scotland

Broadcast Credits

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A Grand Day Out 12 Yard ITV Bristol, UK Camera Operator
AA Road Safety Sweet TV Corporate Winchester, UK Camera Operator
Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen Blue Marlin ITV Worldwide, Caribbean Camera Assistant
Arundel Festival Starboard Media Corporate Arundel, UK Camera Operator
Avatarland at Abbey Road The Walt Disney Company Worldwide London, UK Jib Operator
Barclaycard Corporate MCCP Ltd Live O2 London, UK Camera Operator
Beautiful Baking with Juliet Sear Rock Oyster Media ITV London, UK Camera Operator
Ben Fogle: New lives in the country Renegade Channel 5 Various, UK Camera Assistant
Border Rico Arrow Media Travel Channel Puerto Rico, USA Camera Assistant, Minicam Rigger
Channel 4 Races Highflyer Channel 4 London, UK Camera Assistant
Descendants 3 Promo The Walt Disney Company Worldwide London, UK Director of Photography
Disney at Abbey Road The Walt Disney Company Worldwide London, UK Jib Operator
Disney Junior Idents The Walt Disney Company Disney Junior London, UK Director of Photography
Disney XD Idents The Walt Disney Company Disney XD London, UK Director of Photography
Disney’s ‘Mane Event’ The Walt Disney Company Disney Channel London, UK Camera Assistant
Gavin Henson: Human Guinea Pig Dragonfly Bravo London, UK Jib Assistant
Glastonbury Festival Solent Productions Glastonbury TV Glastonbury, UK Camera Operator
Gold Rush Raw TV Discovery Channel USA, Canada Camera Assistant, DIT
Great British Garden Revival Outline TV BBC Two Various, UK Camera Operator, Editor
Great British Home Movie Roadshow Diverse BBC Two London, UK Camera Assistant, Jib Assistant
Heart & Sole Starboard Media Corporate Portsmouth, UK Camera Operator
Inside the Lords Archie Productions BBC Two Westminster, UK Camera Operator, DIT
James Martin’s Great British Adventure Blue Marlin ITV Various, UK Camera Operator, Assistant
James Martin’s Islands to Highlands Blue Marlin ITV Various, UK Camera Operator, Assistant
James Martin’s Saturday Morning Blue Marlin ITV Winchester, UK Camera Operator, Assistant
James Martin’s American Adventure Blue Marlin ITV USA Camera Operator, Assistant
Leave Us Kids Alone Twenty Twenty BBC Three Haselmere, UK Minicam Rigger
Lords of the Car Hoards Nerd TV Discovery Channel USA Specialist Photography
Million Dollar Car Hunters Waddell Media Channel 4, National Geographic Worldwide Camera Operator, DIT
Nadia’s Family Feasts ITV 1 Rock Oyster Media London, UK Camera Operator
Penny on Mars Promo The Walt Disney Company Disney Channel London, UK Director of Photography
Pepper Pig at Paulton’s Park Riff Raff Corporate Southampton, UK Camera Operator, Editor
Plane Crash (Development) Dragonfly National Geographic London, UK Specialist Photography
Points of View BBC Northern Ireland BBC One London, UK Camera Operator
Red Arrows: Inside The Bubble Archie Productions BBC Two London, UK Camera Operator
Seven Dwarves The Garden Channel 4 Birmingham, UK Camera Assistant
The Sky at Night BBC Northern Ireland BBC One Various, UK Camera Operator, Assistant
Titanic: Southampton Remembers BBC South BBC One Southampton, UK Jimmy Jib Assistant
Ultimate Airport Dubai Arrow Media National Geogrpahic Dubai, UAE Camera Assistant, DIT
Ultimate Strongman FryFilm Limited Channel 5 Southampton, UK Jimmy Jib Operator

First Aider

Well Travelled

Full UK Drivers Licence

Highly Technical

Education & Employment

  • Mad Dogs Television Ltd
    Camera Operator/Camera Assistant
  • Southampton Solent University
    BA (Hons) Television & Video Production (1st Class Honours Degree)
  • Chichester College
    BTEC National Diploma Media Production & Audio (Triple Distinction)

Additional Skills & Interests

  • Experienced DIT/ Data Wrangler
  • Adobe CS Suite Proficient
  • UK Drivers License
  • St Johns First Aid Trained
  • Highly IT literate
  • Field repairs/Maintenance Technician

Tick tock. Almost the weekend, it’s been a busy week, looking forward to a few days off! @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments That’s legendary sound recordist Matt Powell’s new album cover sorted then. @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments I feel like the #Goldilocks of cameras at the moment, mummy, daddy and baby #camera! @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments Gratuitous slow motion ultra moist ultra lemony lemon cake. #EverythingLooksGoodInSlowMotion #cake @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments Early start today building the Jimmy Jib for its LOLLER testing, which it passes! @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments What I did in Jan/Feb, boy was it cold! Can’t wait to see the final show! @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments All the autocue! Care of the lovely @promptgirls @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments The three cameras I’m manning at the moment! Weird and different times post covid, but we make it work 🙂 #multicam #singleoperator @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments New series starts tommrrow on @itv with @ainsleyfoods and The Food We Love, a joy of a show to work on, can’t wait to see the final thing! @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments @toby_wright Roy @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments Another day and another #cooking #shoot. Smaller camera this time with the classic top down shot on the smaller #Sony FS7 m2 @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments Another busy week and working with the big cameras today #Sony4300 @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments One of these is not like the other... @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments Happy puppy 🙂 @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments Day 4 on location. Getting used to the mask now! @lazyorangenet on 28th October 2020 8:33 AM, Comments

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