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, 1 December 2014

The Day After The Fair


A gem of a production!

Playing Charles Bradford has been so engaging and so delightful, as has being involved in such a brilliant stage production. The characters are emotionally driven, the story is such a tug on the heart strings and by the end a dry eye in the audience could only belong to someone with a heart of stone.

You will have undoubtedly noticed that this article was not headed by a spoiler alert as I would be doing all concerned a disservice if I were to reveal what this script can bring to the stage.

However I will say this. Sometimes the perfect cast work on the perfect script. Each and every member of the cast became their character on stage. They didn’t simply play the parts but they became the people in the story. They wanted to be the characters not simply say the lines. I say this not to exaggerate the matter but simply to convey the truth. Such a working attitude is infectious. It drives people to give everything they can to the show. It has been fantastic to work such talented actors.

Credit must also go to set, props and especially costume for creating the atmosphere of 1895. The outstanding achievement of making and creating upwards of fifteen costumes for this play shows the dedication of the costume team.

As the last play for 2014 no one could have wished for such a happy conclusion.

Ok now for the spoiler alert.
"...ambitious young barrister Charles, is portrayed by James Tomkinson with gusto. Initially charming, he reveals a less appealing side to the character when Charles realises he’s ‘chained to a peasant’." – The Sentinel (November 27, 2014)

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