A well-respected veteran of the Canadian television industry James Musselman began his career producing drama series and music programs for Visual Productions, one of the country’s largest television syndicators.
Throughout his career in Toronto, James has directed and produced high-profile award-winning television including commercials, music videos, music and variety shows, and reality TV. James’ forte is directing with “real people”, but has also worked with many stars in the entertainment business including Leslie Nelson, Michael Buble´, Rik Emmett and Alan Frew to name a few.
Currently Executive Producer and lead Director for one of the busiest production companies in the city, James has won many awards including several top honors from the prestigious ‘US International Film and Video Festival’.
James is a graduate of Ryerson’s acclaimed Motion Picture program. With a passion for cinema he is now focusing his creative talents to the world of drama starting with two short films including “With Truelove Showers”, an NSI Drama Prize winner and the action comedy currently in pre-production “Taming the Dragon”.
Taming The Dragon Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance ⋄ Comedy On the way to meet his fiancée’s family for the first time and determined to get her father’s permission to marry, a love struck daydreamer must battle the Chinese triad, an ancient dragon, a persistent ex-girlfriend and his own assumptions about a culture he knows nothing about.
The Devil's Hole Budget: $5M - $10M | Sci-fi ⋄ Horror An ambitious young American geologist and her small team of miners are trapped two miles underground in a remote Russian mine with a flesh-eating alien that they unknowingly unleashed from the impact meteor it was hiding in.
AOFFEST - Runner Up Best Sci-Fi Feature Screenplay
Audience Choice Award – Springfield LGBT Film Festival “Keeping It Together” Short Film / Music Video
Gold - L.A. International Independant Film Awards - "With Truelove Showers" Short Film Direction
Summit Creative Award “Baby” TV Commercial – Victoria Angel
Drama Prize Award – NSI Canada “With Truelove Showers” – Short Film
Gold - The Summit Creative Awards “I Want to Go Home” TV Commercial - BC Children’s Hospital
Certificate of Excellence - “Best Use of Emotion” U.S International Film & Video Festival “I Want to Go Home” DRTV - BC Children’s Hospital
Gold - U.S. International Film and Video Festival “Rethink Truck Challenge” Reality Infomercial - Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.
Bronze - The Summit Creative Awards “F150” Reality Infomercial - Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.
Certificate of Achievement - U.S. International Film and Video Festival “Celebrating Our Human Spirit” Lyrical - Theatrical Release
Gold - CCTA Video Festival Awards “Multiple Sclerosis Society” Corporate Promo
Silver – U.S. International Film and Video Festival “Hi-Tech” Corporate Promo – Magna / Decoma - Animation
National Screen Institute – (NSI Canada)
Ryerson University – BFA (Motion Picture Studies)
Raindance – Writers Fast Track Workshop
Summer Institute of Film and Television (SIFT) – CSTC – Directing Workshops
David Rotenburg – Method Acting
Second City Workshop – Improv training
Sears & Switzer – Acting for camera (all levels)