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James Rait


James was born in Nairobi, Kenya to British parents who emigrated the family to Canada in the early '70's. After attending high school in Perth Ontario, he went to film school in Thunder Bay at Confederation College. A work placement after college landed him in Toronto on the CBC drama 'Street Legal' where he spent five seasons. Over the next few ... See full bio »

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Blue's Clues & You Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
(2019-2022)
5000 Years of Heroes Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
(2019)
Ice Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
(2016-2017)
A Dark Truth Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
(2012)

Filmography

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 2019-2022 Blue's Clues & You (TV Series) (first assistant director - 49 episodes)
- Magenta's Case of the Giggles (2022) ... (first assistant director)
- Mailtime Mystery (2022) ... (first assistant director)
- Blue's Mystery Present (2022) ... (first assistant director)
- Blue's Backyard Sports Spectacular (2022) ... (first assistant director)
- Building with Blue (2022) ... (first assistant director)
 2020 Bonecrusher (Short) (first assistant director)
 2019 5000 Years of Heroes (TV Mini Series) (first assistant director - 11 episodes)
- The Wei Campaign (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- Suspicion (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- Victory (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- Unblocking the Passes (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- General-in-Chief (2019) ... (first assistant director)
 2019 Holly Hobbie (TV Series) (first assistant director - 10 episodes)
- The Puzzled Peacemaker (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- The Cranky Camper (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- The Salty Songstress (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- The Thwarted Thespian (2019) ... (first assistant director)
- A Whole New Holly (2019) ... (first assistant director)
 2016-2018 The Next Step (TV Series) (first assistant director - 20 episodes)
- Less Beauty, More Beast (2018) ... (first assistant director)
- All the Marbles (2018) ... (first assistant director)
- Sweet and Salty (2018) ... (first assistant director)
- Convention Tension (2018) ... (first assistant director)
- Stand and Deliver (2017) ... (first assistant director)
 2016-2017 Ice (TV Series) (first assistant director - 5 episodes)
- Run You Bastards Run (2017) ... (first assistant director)
- Stand Off (2017) ... (first assistant director)
- Side Trip (2017) ... (first assistant director)
- Facet (2017) ... (first assistant director)
- Two Handkerchiefs (2016) ... (first assistant director)
 2016 Shoot the Messenger (TV Series) (first assistant director - 3 episodes)
- Careful What You Pray For (2016) ... (first assistant director)
- There Will Be Blood (2016) ... (first assistant director)
- Beginner's Luck (2016) ... (first assistant director)
 2015 Murdoch Mysteries (TV Series) (first assistant director - 2 episodes)
- Election Day (2015) ... (first assistant director)
- Shipwreck (2015) ... (first assistant director)
 2014 See No Evil (TV Series documentary) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- We See You, Kelsey (2014) ... (first assistant director)
 2014 Dirty Singles (first assistant director)
 2014 Handsome Devils (TV Series) (first assistant director - 2 episodes)
- The Abusive Charmer (2014) ... (first assistant director)
- The Deadly Dentist (2014) ... (first assistant director)
 2013 Just a Prayer (Short) (assistant director)
 2013 Nikita (TV Series) (first assistant director - 2 episodes)
- Pay-Off (2013) ... (first assistant director)
- Dead or Alive (2013) ... (first assistant director)
 2013/I Breakout (first assistant director)
 2013 Copper (TV Series) (first assistant director - 3 episodes)
- Beautiful Dreamer (2013) ... (first assistant director: second unit)
- Good Heart and Willing Hand (2013) ... (first assistant director: second unit - uncredited)
- The Fine Ould Irish Gintleman (2013) ... (first assistant director: second unit)
 2013/I Compulsion (first assistant director)
 2012 A Dark Truth (first assistant director: second unit) / (second unit director)
 2012 Let the Daylight Into the Swamp (Documentary short) (first assistant director)
 2012 Curious and Unusual Deaths (TV Series) (first assistant director - 4 episodes)
- Death Under Pressure (2012) ... (first assistant director)
- Rich and Famous Deaths (2012) ... (first assistant director)
- Death by Security Measures (2012) ... (first assistant director)
- Car Wash ... (first assistant director)
 2012 Nothing Personal (TV Series) (first assistant director - 3 episodes)
- Turn About Is Fair Play (2012) ... (first assistant director)
- Money Shot (2012) ... (first assistant director)
- Married to a Rockstar (2012) ... (first assistant director)
 2011 Paranormal Witness (TV Series documentary) (first assistant director - 2 episodes)
- The Poltergeist/Watched in the Wilderness (2011) ... (first assistant director)
- Emily the Imaginary Friend/The Girl with No Face (2011) ... (first assistant director)
 2010 Aftermath (TV Series) (first assistant director - 2 episodes)
- Red Giant (2010) ... (first assistant director)
- When the Earth Stops Spinning (2010) ... (first assistant director)
 2010 Naked Science (TV Series documentary) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- Swallowed by the Sun (2010) ... (first assistant director)
  Paradise Lost (TV Series) (first assistant director - 8 episodes, 2008 - 2009) (assistant director - 1 episode, 2008)
- Escape from Turkey (2009) ... (first assistant director)
- Blood in the Desert (2008) ... (first assistant director)
- Kidnap and Ransom (2008) ... (first assistant director)
- High Stakes in Bonanza (2008) ... (first assistant director)
- Diamonds and Voodoo (2008) ... (first assistant director)
 2009 Fade to Brown (TV Movie) (first assistant director)
 2009 F2: Forensic Factor (TV Series) (first assistant director - 5 episodes)
- Leaving Las Vegas (2009) ... (first assistant director)
- Pyromaniac (2009) ... (first assistant director)
- Forsaken (2009) ... (first assistant director)
- Knock, Knock, You're Dead (2009) ... (first assistant director)
- The Fifth Commandment (2009) ... (first assistant director)
 2008 Finn on the Fly (first assistant director)
 2007 Final 24 (TV Series documentary) (first assistant director - 8 episodes)
- Tupac Shakur (2007) ... (first assistant director)
- Nicole Brown Simpson (2007) ... (first assistant director)
- Keith Moon (2007) ... (first assistant director)
- David Koresh (2007) ... (first assistant director)
- Janis Joplin (2007) ... (first assistant director)
 2007 Urban Legends (TV Series) (first assistant director - 2007)
 2007 Lies and Crimes (TV Movie) (first assistant director)
 2007 Zero Hour (TV Series documentary) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- North Hollywood Shoot Out (2007) ... (first assistant director)
 2006 Monster Warriors (TV Series) (first assistant director) / (second unit director)
 2006 Legendes urbaines (TV Mini Series documentary) (first assistant director)
 2005 Yesteryears (TV Short) (first assistant director)
 2005 Dry Whiskey (Short) (first assistant director)
 2005 Rise Up (Short) (first assistant director)
 2005 Neil (first assistant director)
 2005 Red Velvet Girls (Short) (first assistant director)
  1-800-Missing (TV Series) (first assistant director - 12 episodes, 2003 - 2004) (second unit director - 1 episode, 2004)
- Last Stop (2004) ... (first assistant director)
- Judgement Day (2004) ... (first assistant director)
- One Night Stand (2004) ... (second unit director - uncredited)
- Sea of Love (2004) ... (first assistant director)
- These Dreams Before Me (2004) ... (first assistant director)
 2003 Squeezebox (Short) (first assistant director)
 2003 Veritas: The Quest (TV Series) (first assistant director - 3 episodes)
- Skulls (2003) ... (first assistant director: second unit)
- Antarctica (2003) ... (first assistant director: second unit - uncredited)
- Reunion (2003) ... (first assistant director: second unit - uncredited)
 2002 Winter Sun (Short) (first assistant director)
 2000-2002 Earth: Final Conflict (TV Series) (second unit director - 52 episodes)
- Final Conflict (2002) ... (second unit director)
- The Journey (2002) ... (second unit director)
- Street Wise (2002) ... (second unit director)
- Subversion (2002) ... (second unit director)
- Bad Genes (2002) ... (second unit director)
 1999 Another Planet (first assistant director)
 1998 Altarpiece (Short) (first assistant director)
 1997-1998 Once a Thief (TV Series) (second assistant director - 11 episodes)
- Endgame (1998) ... (second assistant director)
- Politics of Love (1998) ... (second assistant director)
- The Director Files (1998) ... (second assistant director)
- Little Sister (1998) ... (second assistant director)
- Kangaroo Court (1998) ... (second assistant director)
 1998 Stolen Heart (first assistant director)
 1997 The Adventures of Shirley Holmes (TV Series) (first assistant director - 3 episodes)
- The Case of the Ruby Ring (1997) ... (first assistant director)
- The Case of the Liberated Beasts (1997) ... (first assistant director)
- The Case of the Alien Abductions (1997) ... (first assistant director)
 1995-1996 My Life as a Dog (TV Series) (first assistant director - 8 episodes)
- Once They Get a Taste (1996) ... (first assistant director)
- Gimli Marathon (1995) ... (first assistant director)
- The Why? Files ... (first assistant director)
- The Puck Stops Here ... (first assistant director)
- Smelly's Dark Secret ... (first assistant director)
 1996 Cleveland Woods Last Day on Earth (Short) (first assistant director)
 1996 When the Bullet Hits the Bone (first assistant director)
 1996 Electra (first assistant director)
 1994 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series) (third assistant director - 22 episodes)
- Retribution (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- Enter the Tiger (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- Sing Wah (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- Dragonswing II (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- Sunday at the Museum with George (1994) ... (third assistant director)
 1989-1994 Street Legal (TV Series) (third assistant director - 88 episodes)
- Last Rites: Part 2 (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- Last Rites: Part 1 (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- The Long and Winding Road (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- No Holds Barred (1994) ... (third assistant director)
- The Morning After (1994) ... (third assistant director)
 1994 Nothing to Lose (first assistant director)
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Spouse:

Caris Rait
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Has one younger sister, Tracy, a speech pathologist, who lives in Ottawa with her husband and three kids and one younger brother, Marcus, who lives in Whitby with his wife and two children. See more »

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