James Stevens

Filmmaker, Photographer, Aerial Operator and Guide

26 year old filmmaker James Stevens has dedicated his career to telling wildlife stories in the UK and internationally. Driven to promote positive change in the natural world, he is particularly focused on raising awareness of global issues and conservation.

James is available for work as a camera operator, second camera, assistant, aerial operator, editor and making-of. With nine years of freelance experience across many genres, wildlife in particular, James has honed his skills as a one-man production unit and immerses himself in all aspects of film. With his own extensive equipment, James is available for work with quick turnaround.


About James Stevens

Life as a Naturalist

James Stevens is a wildlife filmmaker, photographer, CAA approved aerial drone operator and guide based in the Scottish Highlands. Growing up in the idyllic Cotswolds, James has immersed himself in nature from a very young age. Upon graduating from university he headed North to the Cairngorms National Park where he slept in his car for over 2 months in order to be as close to wildlife as possible. Since then he has lived and worked in the Highlands, focusing all efforts on showcasing the natural world through media and guiding, as well as highlighting environment issues and promoting conservation. 

James has credits as a cameraman, aerial operator and story developer in programs such as BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Winterwatch and Countryfile. He has also worked on documentaries for Silverback Ltd and Natural History New Zealand. As well as working in television he operates as a one-man production crew creating films for NGO’s such as the Wildlife Trust and National Parks. With a worldwide knowledge on species and interest in global conservation, he has worked on creating his own independent documentaries, the latest of which is ‘Conserving Sumatra’. In 2018 and 2019 James journeyed throughout the Indonesian island and filmed the incredible conservation efforts being carried out by small organisations and individuals, in particular conservationist Pungky Nanda Pratama. Together they captured success stories, as well as uncovering the islands issues such as poaching and logging. 

James’ latest release is ‘When the Snow Melts’, a short documentary about living and working with Sleddogs in Scotland whilst their way of life is threatened by the change in climate. Alaskan huskies are capable and comfortable living and running in temperatures of 40 degrees below. With the Scottish winters becoming shorter, wetter and more unpredictable, the Stewart family struggle to run the dogs due to being too warm for the dogs and too wet to keep them clean and healthy. The short documentary is currently entered into international film festivals. 

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