Since storyboarding for the Tribeca 2017 selected short Curpigeon, James Bourne knew he was more than just two action hero’s names rolled into one. He yearned to direct his own film while storyboarding full time at animation studios like Blue Sky, Bardel, Moonbot and Wildbrain. Finally in April 2019, he secured funding for his directorial debut, The Abandoned Block. Born into a family of doctors in Rochester, Minnesota and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, James found his calling from a young age to be in the visual arts rather than medicine. After high school and two years abroad in South Korea, he entered Brigham Young University’s prestigious Center for Animation and graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts Animation. From then on, he has storyboarded for studios in nearly every corner of North America. Since finishing The Abandoned Block, James has continued storyboarding for animation in British Columbia, Canada where he currently lives and on the side, is creating several animated tv pilots he hopes to become showrunner for.
official selection
The Abandoned Block
Sunscreen Film Festival
St. Petersburg, FL
2021
Platinum REMI Animated Short
The Abandoned Block
Worldfest Houston
Houston, TX
2021
Finalist
The Abandoned Block
USA Film Festival
Dallas, TX
2021
official selection
The Abandoned Block
Columbus International Film and Animation Festival
Columbus, OH
2021
Best Animated Short
The Abandoned Block
Utah Film Festival
Vineyard, Utah
2021
official selection
The Abandoned Block
Taos Shortz Film Festival
Questa, New Mexico
2021
official selection
The Abandoned Block
Cinequest
San Jose, CA
2021
Winner Best International Animation
The Abandoned Block
Venice Shorts
Venice
2021
Golden Knight Award
The Abandoned Block
Golden Knight Malta International Short Film Festival
2021
Nominee: Best Short Animated Film Award
The Abandoned Block
ARPA International Film Festival
Los Angeles, California
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Florence Cinefest
Florence
2020
Gold Award: Best Animated Short, Official Selection: Best First Time Director (Male), Best Original Score
The Abandoned Block
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, California
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Canada Shorts
Saint John, NB
2020
official selection
The Abandoned Block
Cyrus Monthly Short Film Festival
Toronto, ON
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Foyle Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Montreal International Animation Film Festival
Montreal, Quebec
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Palm Springs International Animation Festival and Expo
Palm Springs, CA
2020
Finalist
The Abandoned Block
Toronto Shorts International Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
FEEDBACK Animation Film and Screenplay Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Studio City Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Official Selection/ Award of Excellence
The Abandoned Block
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Boston Film Festival
Boston, MA
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
SPARK Animation
Vancouver, BC
2020
Outstanding Achievement Award
The Abandoned Block
Indie X Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
San Jose International Short Film Festival
San Jose, California
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Indie Memphis Film Festival
Memphis, Tennessee
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
The Animator Showcase
Pinewood Studios
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Glendale International Film Festival
Glendale, CA
2020
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival
2020
Honorable Mention
The Abandoned Block
Tokyo Cinemasters International Film Festival
Ginza District, Tokyo
2020
First Place Best Children's Animated Short
The Abandoned Block
Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival
Providence, Rhode Island
2020
official Selection
The Abandoned Block
San Diego International Film Festival
San Diego, Ca
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
Seattle Film Festival
Seattle, WA
Official Selection
The Abandoned Block
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
Savannah, Georgia
College
Brigham Young University
Visual Arts Animation
20072012
High School
Olympus High School
20022004
Birth Date
December 18, 1985
Birth City
Rochester, MN, USA
Current City
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Hometown
Holladay, UT, USA
Height
1.75 meters (5 ft 9')
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
White/Caucasian
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius
”When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.“ -Eli Wallach (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
"The primary purpose at any of the fine arts is to arouse a purely emotional reaction within the beholder". - Walt Disney
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