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News: James Campbell 1959 ~ 2010

News: James Campbell 1959 ~ 2010

It is with shock and sadness that we report the death of James Campbell on Easter Sunday.

James Patrick Campbell 19 June 1959 ~ 4 April 2010
A well known LD and photographer, his credits ranged from Dick and Dom to Mastermind, and from A Question of Sport to The RTS Lectures.  When Later With Jools emerged as a spin-off from The Late Show in 1992 James became its first lighting director, and developed the unique lighting style for which the show became famous.

After graduating in 1981, James had joined BBC Scotland in Glasgow - moving to the Lighting Department of BBC Studios at TV Centre in London in 1985, first as a Lighting and Vision Assistant (Racks) and then as Vision Supervisor (Console).

Promoted to BBC staff Lighting Director in 1992, he went freelance in 2002 - finding time not only to light many television shows, but also to contribute to the STLD by doing much good work as a member of our Committee.

A full obituary will appear in issue 101 of Television Lighting and Design magazine.

  • 'I worked with James on the committee when he first became Treasurer. In fact it was more the “Treasury Team” as he only agreed to do it provided Fiona, his wife, was involved to assist him. The committee thought this would be perfect as it might keep us all in order. Indeed the “Treasury Team” proved to be very successful and set the standards for future Treasurers.

    James was the sort of committee member who would sit there quietly listening to the proceedings and would then step in with pearls of wisdom just at the right moment. You always knew when he was getting excited over a topic as he began to sound more like Mrs. Doubtfire by the minute!

    I also had the privilege to deputise for him on a couple of his shows and was always impressed at how detailed and meticulous his planning was – especially when it came to taking stills after recording a scene, something he was very good at, having started his career as a photographer.

    There was not a malicious or vindictive bone in James' body, he always spoke well of people and was a thoroughly “nice guy”!  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and is a great loss to the Society.' 

Stuart Gain  Chairman STLD

James Campbell's funeral was held at Breakspear Crematorium on Thursday 15th April.
Donations should be made to Cancer Research UK or The Salvation Army.

Pictures of James Campbell's many, and various, shows

Some of James's work on IMDb

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