James Suttles

Producer, Director & Cinematographer

Portfolio

A showcase of my work as a Director and Cinematographer.

Feature Films

About

From documentaries to feature films, James Suttles has always strived to explore & contribute to the art of story telling through motion pictures as a Director of Photography, Producer & Director.

James Suttles Behind the Camera - Red DragonNot unlike many artists in his field, James discovered a love of filmmaking at an early age.Spending all of his free time in the forest & fields surrounding his childhood home in North Carolina, making short films based on stories such as Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” and W. W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw”, he never realized then, how influential those early years would become.Growing up in a single father household, due to the passing of his mother at an early age, he found that he was inspired by the stories of the everyday person who through simple means, fought for a better life.

This inspiration ultimately led him to producing his first feature length film, the award winning documentary “Three Cultures of Appalachia” which told the story of three very different women, (an African American, European immigrant and a Cherokee Indian), who grew up in the Appalachian mountains.Through their lives, the film discovered that even though their differences were great, their values and beliefs were surprisingly similar.

Since that point, he has yet to look back.  He just recently wrapped production as producer and director on the film “Seven Days Till Midnight″ along with serving as the director of photography on the feature films “Shifting Gears” and “Dead Thirsty”.  He also served as Director of Photography on the Academy Award nominated feature film “Alone Yet Not Alone”,  along with “Touched by Grace”, “For the Glory” and the film “Red Dirt Rising” (that he served as Producer, Co-Director, DP and editor). Some of his other recent projects and clients have included Huffington Post, Intel, GE, Harley Davidson, Simon and Schuster, Readers Digest, Time, Inc., ACC, and various music videos.

Since 2015, James has served as a Cinematography faculty member at the University of North Carolina, School of the Arts with an emphasis on digital cinematography and post workflow integration in production.

Clients

A Sample of the clients I have had the pleasure of shooting for.

“Strangest Christmas Yet” w/ Steve Martin Music Video Released

In early September 2017 I was contacted by producer/director, Steve Delahoyde out of Chicago about DPing the music video "Strangest Christmas Yet".  The concept was based around Steve Martin's holiday song included on his just released album. As with most projects...

Seven Days Till Midnight – Update

After 13 years of gestation, a stressful 4 months of prep & production and this summer locked in an edit suite working on finessing the film in the hopes of discovering the perfect cut of the film, Seven Days Till Midnight is close to being complete. This is a film...

Shooting on Multiple cameras – Matching Cameras – Canon C500, Blackmagic, Red Dragon, Sony F65 and more

During the production of of the feature film Shifting Gears I had the challenge of shooting numerous sequences involving dirt track racing. The film was a modestly budgeted family comedy set in the world of dirt track racing. In a way, I had to approach the project as...

Alone Yet Not Alone Theatrical Release

Alone Yet Not Alone is a film I served as the Director of Photography on back in late 2010 that is finally being released theatrically across North America this coming weekend (June 13, 2014).  It's a decent size release with some 200 plus theaters across the country...

Covered Wagon Light – How to Build Your Own DIY Lighting

One of the least expensive lights that I regularly use on set is a covered wagon light that is essentially a batten strip light with mesh wire and your choice of diffusion material covering it.  Its a quick and easy way to create a beautiful soft light that is...

Contact

Address
12 Old Charlotte Hwy
Suite 75
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone
828-506-2806

Email
Info@SuttleFilm.com

About

James Suttles is a Producer, Director & Cinematographer striving to explore & contribute to the art of story telling through motion pictures with an emphasis on strong visual content and unique story structure. Some of his recent projects included serving as Producer/Director on the feature film “Seven Days Till Midnight″ along with serving as the Director of Photography on the feature films “Shifting Gears” and “Dead Thirsty”. He also served as Director of Photography on the Academy Award nominated feature film “Alone Yet Not Alone”, along with “Touched by Grace”, “For the Glory” and the film “Red Dirt Rising” (that he also Producer, Co-Directed and edited). Some of his other recent projects and clients have included Huffington Post, Intel, GE, Harley Davidson, Simon and Schuster, Readers Digest, Time, Inc., ACC and various music videos including “Hooked Up” by James Wesley and “Strangest Christmas Yet” by Steve Martin..

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at
info@suttlefilm.com