James Simpson is the Lighting Visualiser at The Royal Opera House. He is responsible for the development and use of pre-visualisation tools which allows production teams and creatives to create their visions offline before taking them to stage. His work has meant he has developed a broad understanding of many 3D drawing systems and how to apply them to provide tangible benefits to the production design process. He has also been developing pre-visualisation with technology such as Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality as well as working with major software developers to help guide the next generation of 3D programs.
James studied at Rose Bruford College in Lighting Design and then got his MA in 3D CGI at Kingston University and is about to embark on a Phd. After a short time freelancing as a lighting technician he joined consultancy BDP Lighting as a Lighting Designer before coming to The Royal Opera House where he has been since. He is now leading a project to research and re-develop the production design pipeline, the product of which he hopes will be a template for future productions at The Royal Opera House and across the Entertainment Industry