James Holman is UK born camera-operator and director, producing projects such as the award winning documentary, “Altered Focus: Burma.” James’ work has aired in over 48 different territories and 12 different languages as well as being featured on international news channels CNN Worldwide and BBC News.
He currently lives in Queenstown, New Zealand where he runs his own production company, Hot Knees Media.
Experiences & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights
WINERAM is a relatively young company with an equally young and energetic entrepreneur behind the name, Colin West! Colin first got into the wine industry at the young age of 18, yet being from the USA it was illegal for him to pursue his passion, so he flew to Italy. After deciding the wine industry would be the one and only career path for himself, he studied wine in Italy, finished up my two business degrees while focusing on wine back in the USA, and then he even did his Masters Degree in Wine Business in Australia. At that point he knew he had found his calling with an area that he could use his business experience in, yet that also included an industry full of passion, history, and even art and science.
Colin ended up doing some work within the Wine Tourism departments for the Winemakers Federation of Australia. This led to thinking highly about those experiences one has in the wine region; which now, WINERAM conveys it perfectly! Colin has grown the business to success significantly; with no previous experience in film; over the last 3 years he let his passion of wine take him to creating “the most highly viewed wine TV show in the world.
Local Kiwi Presenter
The perfect person to host The WINERAM Experience in New Zealand, Jo is Kiwi through and through. A renown TV Personality and MC born in Gizzy, NZ, she’s one talented lady. She’s recently acted within a few feature films, produced her own TV Shows, manages her own business’s, models, hosts internationally recognized events including The Queenstown Winterfestival and is an ambassador for multiple charities. To top all that Jo’s also Maori, capable of speaking Maori and can even perform a Karakia if the occasion calls for it!
But where she’s most at home is out traveling and adventuring.
Jo definitely fits the bill for this documentary with her outgoing, charismatic, and adventurous nature. From completing the 21-day adventure Outward Bound course, to her role as a personal trainer, bungee jumping on camera, even interviewing for this role while fishing and diving on a yacht off Great Barrier Island, Jo has what we need for The WINERAM Experience.
Experience & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights
Director of Photography & Editor
Growing up in the United Kingdom and Australia, Rupert has a similar passion and appreciation of travel just as Colin does. Rupert has exceptional knowledge in filming and the passion for travel needed in order to be an important part of WINERAM. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Television from South Kent College in the UK he has gone on to work on a wide variety of different projects from large scale Steven Spielberg production in Australia to small scale extreme sports/snowboarding films for DC in New Zealand.
Rupert has been around since the beginning, sharing beers in a bar in Queenstown talking about the concept with Colin all the way through to doing 2 seasons, helping manage promotional videos as the business has grown and coming on the WINERAM USA’s third season.
Sara grew up in Wenatchee, WA, USA. A friend of a friend from home, Sara came to me while I lived in Auckland because she wanted to know more about wine. After helping her get into the wine industry, I told her to come meet me in Queenstown to help launch WINERAM. Her education comes from getting a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design from Western Washington University in 2008. A knowledge base she has been happy to use within WINERAM. Following graduation, Sara backpacked through Europe where her desire to travel was ignited. Never looking back, she has been living abroad ever since in Uruguay, Argentina and now New Zealand. She also has excellent personal skills acquired from years of work experience within International Customer Service positions. This will play to be a key attribute to Public Relations within WINERAM as the future will hold a high degree of communication with people from countries all over the world.
Experiences & Positions Outside WINERAM – Highlights
2nd Camera Operator
Elise was someone educated in film back in the USA and was down in New Zealand working her way around the country while starting up a promotional documentary film company that was dedicated to only filming with those who were passionate about what they do, and it was called PassitOn films. Her and Louca (her partner in PassitOn films) saw the passion in our show and when we were in need of a few extra shooters for a leg of our journey they jumped on board and killed it!
2nd Camera & Behind The Scenes Shooter
Louca came down to New Zealand with his partner Elise and was working on PassitOn films. Together with Elise, Louca joined the WINERAM crew and offered valuable assistance all the way throughout the production of episodes 2 and 3 on the South Island of New Zealand before Elise and him had to return back to Queenstown, New Zealand.