James Bagdonas’ career spans genres and innovations in film and television. His cinematographic style has created signature looks for independent features and series in drama, comedy, documentaries, as well as commercials. From painterly rich atmospheres to naturalistic realism – James cultivates a unique style for each project in pursuit of perfect harmony between story, characters, and tone.
Having worked alongside some of film history’s greatest cinematographers, including Conrad Hall and Haskell Wexler, James brings a depth of knowledge and technical skill to each project he takes on. His achievements in various formats have been awarded with nominations from Independent Spirit Awards, The Emmys, and ASC. Having worked extensively with talented writer-showrunners David Kelly [Chicago Hope, Boston Legal] and Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd [Modern Family], James also has plenty of experience in the director’s chair and knows what it takes to make a show not only successful, but also run smoothly and sustainably.