James Wray went to college at the University of Oklahoma where he received one degree in Film and Media Studies and another in Broadcasting with an emphasis in Digital Filmmaking. He wrote and directed several short films in college that screened at various film festivals around Oklahoma.
Wray started working in the Oklahoma film industry while still in school with 2012’s “The Long Drive Home”, and quickly transitioned into the grip and electric department over the next several movies, where he has predominantly worked, joining the IATSE Local 484 in 2017. He has worked in G&E for films like “I Can Only Imagine”, “The Bygone”, “Children of the Corn: Runaway” and “Overexposed”; even recently taking the gaffer position for “The Home with a View of the Monster”, and an ABC Primetime documentary series premiering in 2018.
“I think what I enjoy most about working in Oklahoma is the people I work with,” said Wray. “People like Liz Drew, Matt Bauske, Dylan Brodie, Sunrise Tippeconnie, Scott Forrester, and just about all of the people I work with are the reason I am able to have the best job I can think of. Multiple people coming in from out of state have mentioned the sense of friendship and community that Oklahoma film manages to embody while still retaining an impressive air of professionalism and skill. I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to be a part of that community, and I hope to help it grow stronger in future.”
Wray is currently finishing his most recent short film, “Vessel”, which he plans to turn into a feature film to shoot in Oklahoma as soon as possible.
For more information, please visit James Wray’s listing in the Oklahoma Production Directory.