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

Day 4 on location. Getting used to the mask now! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Back to work! And what a way to get back in the swing of things, working with the legendary @ainsleyfoods all this week! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments #fixed! Very pleased with myself today! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments It’s good to be out #filming again. Today on @brightonpalacepier for the @dailymail with the lovely Olly Smith and Tom Parker Bowles sampling the local Fish and Chips! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments For every day out #filming there’s now a day #sterilizing everything when it comes back. I mean, I always keep kit clean but now every surface gets antibacterial treatment. @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments One from... today! Actually #filming again, woohoo! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Had to take Bilbo to the vet this morning for his poorly paw, felt so bad leaving him there, can’t wait to get him back home safe and sound. Love you big dog! ❤️ @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Another throwback to last year filming with the lovely @promptgirls for a @disney promo at @centrestagestudios lovely day on set. @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Well I think these two had a good old time on their walk! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Rigging helicopters in #Monaco for Channel 4 a few years back. @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Another one from a couple of years ago in #Edinburgh filming for the first UK food adventure with @jamesmartinchef and the fantastic @ashmeneely and @southwestcameraman @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments A few years ago on the road in the #USA filming @jamesmartinchef for his #AmericanAdventure with @christopliss #dop at the helm 🙂 @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments Another one from a few years also the lovely @paulainsw6rth and @jason_plato filming for @saturdayjamesmartin #messy @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments We brought a brand new #jimmyjib a few years ago and I was the first to take it out on location. You don’t get much better than studio 1 at Abbey Road! @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments This feels so long ago now... It was only #January when I was in #Alaska shooting more #timelapses for @john_bonny @lazyorangenet on 3rd August 2020 10:30 PM, Comments

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