About Me

Welcome to a blog about a film-maker, one who could be described as a story teller with an experimental approach to technology.

Hello, my name is James Tomkinson and this is my microscopic slice of the world wide web which should give an idea of what I do.

I think we can agree that people make films in a number of different genres. Mine is drama, a human story of either fact or fiction recreated in a gripping performance. Although that isn’t a dictionary definition it is what I write and capture either ‘in camera’ or on-stage.

An interest in building things has stayed with me throughout my younger years. I have to admit my DIY skills could use a little polishing yet that didn’t stop me from designing and refining the designs for my stereoscopic 3D rig since 2010 the results of which are on my YouTube channel.

Feel free to have a look around.

Monday, 31 March 2014



This highly intellectual and exquisitely written piece by Tom Stoppard was a real treat to work on, for its brain stimulating depiction of personality, science, culture and romance.

Once again this performance sees me multi-tasking. This time I was the assistant director and played the doubled up role of Gus/Augustus.

These characters are quite different from each other. For a start, as the play is set in two different time periods, the Regency and the present day, Augustus and Gus exist in each different zone respectively, one being the descendant of the other. Their personalities differ as well. Augustus is the cocky, arrogant, soon to be heir to the Sidley Park estate whilst Gus is a shy emotionally broken mute, touched by genius.

The majority of my preparation time was spent on Gus for two reasons. First of all as a mute he naturally has no lines which meant that to perform ‘in the round’ I had to really concentrate on my body language and the way I moved so that all of the audience could get a sense for Gus’ emotional state. The other reason was that I had to learn the basics of how to waltz for his final exit with his love interest, the blunt and almost loveless Hannah. Now bear in mind that I had never waltzed at all before this, so to suddenly have to do so in front of an audience of over one-hundred people was nerve-racking!

The Stoke Sentinel reviewed the production and the entire cast was praised for our characters. In my case they wrote:-

“…James Tomkinson totally captures the fragility of the emotionally damaged Gus…” – The Sentinel (March, 2014) 

“Sex, literature and death at Sidley Park.” This has been a remarkable play to work on.

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