James Front

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 15 years now he’s gone from kit room monkey, camera assistant, accountant, bookings coordinator to lighting camera, jib operatpr. DOP and and just sometimes running the company alongside Andy.

One of James’s big passions 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 Out12 YardITVBristol, UKCamera Operator
AA Road SafetySweet TVCorporateWinchester, UKCamera Operator
Ainsley’s Caribbean KitchenBlue MarlinITVWorldwide, CaribbeanCamera Assistant, DIT
Ainsley’s Good Mood FoodRock Oyster MediaITVLondon, CornwallCamera Operator, DIT
Ainsley’s Food We LoveRock Oyster MediaITVLondon, UKCamera Operator, DIT
Arundel FestivalStarboard MediaCorporateArundel, UKCamera Operator
Avatarland at Abbey RoadThe Walt Disney CompanyWorldwideLondon, UKJib Operator
Barclaycard CorporateMCCP LtdLiveO2 London, UKCamera Operator
Beautiful Baking with Juliet SearRock Oyster MediaITVLondon, UKCamera Operator
Ben Fogle: New lives in the countryRenegadeChannel 5Various, UKCamera Assistant
Border RicoArrow MediaTravel ChannelPuerto Rico, USACamera Assistant, Minicam Rigger
Car SOSRenegade PicturesNational GeographicLondon, UKCamera Operator
Channel 4 RacesHighflyerChannel 4London, UKCamera Assistant
Descendants 3 PromoThe Walt Disney CompanyWorldwideLondon, UKDirector of Photography
Disney at Abbey RoadThe Walt Disney CompanyWorldwideLondon, UKJib Operator
Disney Junior IdentsThe Walt Disney CompanyDisney JuniorLondon, UKDirector of Photography
Disney XD IdentsThe Walt Disney CompanyDisney XDLondon, UKDirector of Photography
Disney’s ‘Mane Event’The Walt Disney CompanyDisney ChannelLondon, UKCamera Assistant
Gavin Henson: Human Guinea PigDragonflyBravoLondon, UKJib Assistant
Glastonbury FestivalSolent ProductionsGlastonbury TVGlastonbury, UKCamera Operator
Gold RushRaw TVDiscovery ChannelUSA, CanadaCamera Assistant, DIT
Grand Designs Home of the YearNakedchannel 4Brighton, UKCamera Assistant, DIT
Great British Garden RevivalOutline TVBBC TwoVarious, UKCamera Operator, Editor
Great British Home Movie RoadshowDiverseBBC TwoLondon, UKCamera Assistant, Jib Assistant
Guinness World RecordsGWROnlineLondon, UKCamera Operator, DIT
Heart & SoleStarboard MediaCorporatePortsmouth, UKCamera Operator
Ice Airport AlaskaRare TVSmithsonian ChannelAnchoridge, USASpecialist Photography
Inside the LordsArchie ProductionsBBC TwoWestminster, UKCamera Operator, DIT
James Martin’s Great British AdventureBlue MarlinITVVarious, UKCamera Operator, Assistant
James Martin’s Islands to HighlandsBlue MarlinITVVarious, UKCamera Operator, Assistant
James Martin’s Saturday MorningBlue MarlinITVWinchester, UKCamera Operator, Assistant
James Martin’s American AdventureBlue MarlinITVUSACamera Operator, Assistant
Leave Us Kids AloneTwenty TwentyBBC ThreeHaselmere, UKMinicam Rigger
Living On The VegRock Osyter MediaITVLondon, UKCamera Operator
Lords of the Car HoardsNerd TVDiscovery ChannelUSASpecialist Photography
Million Dollar Car HuntersWaddell MediaChannel 4, National GeographicWorldwideCamera Operator, DIT
Nadia’s Family FeastsITV 1Rock Oyster MediaLondon, UKCamera Operator
Penny on Mars PromoThe Walt Disney CompanyDisney ChannelLondon, UKDirector of Photography
Pepper Pig at Paulton’s ParkRiff RaffCorporateSouthampton, UKCamera Operator, Editor
Plane Crash (Development)DragonflyNational GeographicLondon, UKSpecialist Photography
Points of ViewBBC Northern IrelandBBC OneLondon, UKCamera Operator
Red Arrows: Inside The BubbleArchie ProductionsBBC TwoLondon, UKCamera Operator
Seven DwarvesThe GardenChannel 4Birmingham, UKCamera Assistant
Simply Raymond BlancRock Oyster MedianITVLondon, UKCamera Assistant, DIT
The Sky at NightBBC Northern IrelandBBC OneVarious, UKCamera Operator, Assistant
Titanic: Southampton RemembersBBC SouthBBC OneSouthampton, UKJimmy Jib Assistant
Ultimate Airport DubaiArrow MediaNational GeogrpahicDubai, UAECamera Assistant, DIT
Ultimate StrongmanFryFilm LimitedChannel 5Southampton, UKJimmy 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

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