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LA-based cinematographer enamored with visual storytelling and fueled by good stories. Wide experience working on branded content/commercials, documentary and narrative shorts, and music videos.
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Rolling Stone: BTS Cover Shoot with Megan Thee Stallion, SZA, and Normani
Disney Channel: Celebrate Pride with Raven-Symoné
Netflix: Rooted in Culture (Celebrating Black History Month)
Hulu: Your Attention Please (Coco & Breezy and Nicole LaPointe Jameson) [Director + DP]
Disney Channel: Celebrate Black History Month with Raven-Symoné and Quinn Wilson

2020 ASC Master Class Vision Scholarship recipient
2019 ASC Vision Mentorship recipient
2017 Bay Brilliant: KQED Arts Women to Watch
2013 SF Masterminds 1st Place grant recipient
2012 Florence French Award recipient
2012 Alumni Association Award for the Division of the Arts recipient

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Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York City

United States

Work Details


International Collective of Female Cinematographers

Cinematographer, Camera Operator

Melinda James is a Black/Thai cinematographer whose work encompasses documentaries, narratives, installations, commercials, and music videos. Centering her work on women, QTBIPOC, and underrepresented communities, Melinda is drawn to the process of unearthing the nuances of people’s everyday lives. She believes a good image is the starting point for communication, but it’s in the space between images where dialogue happens.

Most recently, Melinda DP’ed and co-directed, “Oklahoma is Black,” a poetic portrait of Black life in Oklahoma City which was nominated for Best Documentary Short at BlackStar and DC Black film festivals. She’s worked with Hulu, Netflix, Disney Channel, FX, and Pandora. Melinda was included on a list of “Mind Blowing Cinematographers” by Emmy Rossum & Free The Work, awarded an ASC Vision Mentorship with John Simmons, ASC, and is a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers.