James McShane is a cinematographer from Philadelphia who while studying mechanical engineering at Penn State University, fell in love with the intricacies behind the camera. After finishing studies in both film production and engineering, James started in the grip/electric department cutting/shaping light and building car rigs for corporate films, commercials and music videos.
Soon after, James bought his first DSLR camera and began working as a photographer and documentary cameraman with Philymack Productions. Touring the US, Europe, and the Middle East with musicians Demi Lovato, DNCE, Nick Jonas, and more on the Philymack roster. Along with learning to work with fast turnarounds in hectic environments and working with high-profile clients; James also gained hands on experience building Arri Alexa and Red Digital cameras as he pushed to learn more on the camera side as an AC.
After moving to NYC James worked as a 1st AC on two feature films, and while working on a documentary series was bumped up to operate. Since then James has photographed two feature films, commercials for brands like Under Armour, Gore-Tex, Fila, PRPS and more with many short films and music videos peppered in.
James is currently active in Los Angeles and New York markets, hungry to bring your vision to life on screen.
I have been in the industry since 2014.
A handful of my favorite images from some projects I photographed in 2018