I've always been a visual person. From a young age my father, an architect, taught me to view the world with an aesthetic eye and to not only look at a picture as a whole but to analyze details. Colors, shapes, depth, I've always seen the world in a different light with a unique perspective.
I was born in Miami Beach to a Venezuelan mother and an American father who grew up in Colombia, Venezuela, England and North Carolina. When I was 6 I moved to St. Lucia and spent 7 years of my childhood living in the jungle and taking a fishing boat to and from school everyday. My childhood was spent playing soccer with a crushed coca cola cans or cricket with tennis balls and crates with the local boys. When I was 12 I played soccer on the dirt "canchas" of Madrid after my parents decided to relocate to the Spanish capital. Spending 7 years in a European capital was a life changing experience and stark contrast to the jungle book childhood I spent in St. Lucia.
After graduating from high school in Madrid I attended Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. In an attempt to broaden my artistic horizons I picked up a camera in my Filmmaking 1 class and wasn't able to put it down. I decided to ditch my Econ major for a double major in Film Studies and Communications and never looked back.
I am a writer, director, editor & cinematographer and former student of the great DP, John Hoover. I tell stories that aim to engage audiences emotionally and encourage self reflection. My thesis film, Conscious, was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts and won two Baldwin Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. I was given the Costas-Gavras award for Social Justice for my work on a short documentary film for nurses in Haiti. I am proud of what I have achieved but I'm even more excited for what I have yet to accomplish.
Through my life experiences and artistic inclinations I decided I wanted to pursue a career in Film and TV Production.
Name: James Pettigrew
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: James Pett Vision
Occupation: Director, Assistant Director, Cinematographer, Camera Operator, First Assistant Camera, Second Assistant Camera, Screenwriter and Editor
Baldwin Award - Best Director
Baldwin Award - Best Picture
Costas Gavras Award for Social Justice in Doc. Filmmaking
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)