Get to know us

Founder Spotlight: James Rose

Meet James Rose, a Scottish entrepreneur with a unique journey. After graduating from Robert Gordon University, James pursued a successful business career before following his passion for the arts. He trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama, showcasing his talent in noteworthy stage, TV, and film roles. Notably, he brought the unforgettable character of Simon the Ogre to life in a globally acclaimed commercial, earning the prestigious Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions Festival.

Driven to make a positive impact, James expanded his expertise, becoming an award-winning therapist and well-being consultant. Armed with a Master’s in Psychology from Birbeck, University of London, he founded Cognitive Direction, helping individuals and organizations achieve optimal mental well-being and emotional health.

With a profound understanding of the human experience, James earned an MFA at Raindance Film School. This transformative journey inspired the creation of Tartan Underdog, a film production company passionately dedicated to crafting emotive narratives that inspire, excite, and provoke thought. Our focus extends beyond storytelling to addressing social issues and championing mental health awareness within the creative process.

At Tartan Underdog, we are resolute in our commitment to producing films that deeply resonate with audiences, leaving a lasting impact on hearts and minds.

white and red concrete building beside body of water under cloudy sky during daytime
white and red concrete building beside body of water under cloudy sky during daytime
white wave foams breaking on brown rocks in beach
white wave foams breaking on brown rocks in beach

People and culture

Welcome to Tartan Underdog — a dynamic team merging seasoned industry veterans with up-and-coming, exciting talent from diverse walks of life. Our collective expertise spans film production, business, creative arts, and more, creating a dynamic synergy that combines the wisdom of experience with the fresh energy of innovation.

At Tartan Underdog, we are not only passionate about crafting compelling narratives but also committed to the wellbeing of our team. We recognize the unique challenges within the creative process, and that's why we're dedicated to fostering a supportive and mentally healthy work environment.

Our mission goes beyond the production of inspiring stories; it extends to providing opportunities and supporting passionate talent in entering the industry. Together, we strive to craft narratives that inspire, provoke, and resonate, reflecting our belief in the power of diverse perspectives and collaborative creativity.

Join us on this journey, where we not only celebrate the art of storytelling but also prioritize the mental health and wellbeing of every member of the Tartan Underdog family.

Denis Moran


Wendy Gonzales

Production Manager

Jason Glenn

Camera Operator

Debbie Rennie