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James Holman running down a sand dune in the Sahara Desert film video production queentown
James Holming camera operating on a commercial in Yangon Myanamr for Artisa Film film video production queentown
James Holman camera operating on a Samsung TVC in Yangon Myanmar film video production queentown
James Holman shooting in Antarctica for Team Born to Run at a Racing the Planet 4 Deserts event  film video production queentown

Cinematographer. Filmmaker. Storyteller. 

I’ve been based in Queenstown, New Zealand for over 10 years now and having initially come here on a working holiday visa, I knew immediately this is where I wanted to call home and am now a New Zealand Citizen.

I acquired my filming skills initially through skateboarding and through that I began to discover my passion for film-making. It very quickly led to me producing and shooting a number of broadcast television shows in the UK, Europe and the US. Shortly thereafter I began work on the first of three documentaries in Myanmar (Burma), two of which won awards as well as being featured on BBC World News and CNN.


I have been incredibly fortunate to develop my skills as a camera-operator, director and editor on a broad range of interesting and diverse content across all seven continents including countries such as Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Argentina and Antarctica.


I’m as much at home working on a set of 60+ people in a foreign language shooting in places such as Iraq and Myanmar as I am working as a one man band directly with a client.

Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to shooting in all kinds of environments.

One month it could be shooting The Summit for Endemol Shine, the next with Minnow Films ACing and shooting on SAS Who Dares Wins and Special Forces World's Toughest test, to shooting live event coverage of the Winter Games or heading over to Fiji with Entertainment Tonight shooting a feature on Survivor. The next I could be freezing as I hike through the Antarctic Peninsula shooting an ultra-marathon, or getting caught up in filming a political rally in the Kurdish region of Iraq with the sound of gun fire bursting from every angle!

I’ve also worked with the Australian Youth Olympic Team at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympics, shot TVCs for Artisa Film in Myanmar, directed a brand film for the UN, shot numerous short skateboard films for Make Life Skate Life and worked with Racing the Planet on all four of their '4Deserts' events as well as their 'Roaming Race' here in New Zealand.


Outside of video content production, I love to shoot analog photography and have exhibited a street/youth focused series from Palestine in Queenstown with several images in cafes throughout the city.

If it’s exciting & I can film it, I’m in!






Winner, Best Short Documentary

Pushing Myanmar, Best Short Doco at the Big Mini Film Festival 2017

Vimeo Staff Pick

Altered Focus: Burma 2011

Winner, Best Indy & Emerging Film-maker

Altered Focus: Burma, International Skateboard Film Festival 2011

Official Selection

Pushing Myanmar, People's Film Festival 2018

Official Selection

Pushing Myanmar, Santa Cruz Film Festival 2017


Official Selection

Pushing Myanmar, UMFF 2017

Official Selection

Youth of Yangon, Canadian Sports Film Festival 2014

Official Selection

Youth of Yangon, Byron Bay Film Festival 2014

Official Selection

Youth of Yangon, Newport Beach Film Festival 2013

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