James Cooper is an award-winning director, originally from Sydney, Australia. He now works from bases in New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney and Dublin.
Cooper recently turned to directing after a successful career in an advertising agency as a creative, creative technologist and art director in London, Sydney and Dublin.
His understanding and experience in the advertising, design and music industries, together with his natural empathy for people, place and tempo, make him an adaptable director when it comes to coaxing the right performance out of actors.
In his first 11 months as a director Cooper wrote and directed his first comedy short shot in London, titled Have You Seen Simon?, which was screen in Dublin.
Cooper’s seven-part Amongst Inspiration short series has enjoyed much attention online while Amongst Inspiration with Painter Paul Hughes was selected for screening at the Chicago Irish Film Festival.
Cooper has also directed a car spot for Renau/ Dacia Europe, directed the award-winning Fionn Regan Bunkhouse Tyriptych Web Film Campaign for Universal Music and directed series of spots for FBD Insurance/No Nonsense Insurance.
A recent docu-ad style brand commercial he directed was shot in both Bolivia and Europe, showcasing the brand origin story of the world's only coca leaf liqueur, Agwa de Bolivia.
Cooper's latest spot, a test piece for Abbot Kinney Blvd in Los Angeles, was featured on Curbed LA.
Cooper has a passion for storytelling through beautiful, truth-laden images capturing engaging performances and loves every part of the directing process.