With extensive experience as a live action director, creative director and designer, I’m able to develop versatile original concepts and guide them from their inception through to completed film.


My career has spanned live action, design, branding, commercials, photography, digital and interactive experiences. My design training enables me to simplify complex ideas to tell a story with an aesthetic vision.

I've garnered numerous awards and media praise for my work, including New York Art Directors Club (ADC), Broadcast Design Awards (BDA), Promax and New York Festivals. My work has been featured in many publications, such as Motionographer, Stash and American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and news outlets, The Guardian and BBC America.


I strive to offer a meaningful exchange between author and reader, broadcaster and audience, brand and consumer. My goal is to create cogent films.

Cogent Films is the work of director James Coulson.

Other America is a Cogent Films Production. All other work featured on this website has been completed at various production companies.