When shooting video Chris primarily uses his Nikon DSLR's, but is very enthusiastic about trying new equipment and camera systems, such as the Movi M5 he used as Director of Photography on short film Sad. Man. Smiling. for Purplecoat Productions. Chris has shot a range of projects that include: short films, promotional videos, music videos, acting showreels, and timelapses.
Chris is also an accomplished editor with over a decade of experience. Currently he cuts with Adobe's Premiere Pro on personal projects, and uses Avid's Media Composer at ITV, where he is the Online Editor for Emmerdale. Over the years at Emmerdale, Chris has also been involved with various in-house projects including the creation of both Internal and broadcast promotional material, on-set footage management in their large scale shoots involving Pinewood and Longcross Studios; and also cutting all the content for the Emmerdale Studio Experience.
Finally for colouring, Chris personally uses the Colour Suite 'Magic Bullet Looks' by Red Giant, but is also trained to use Filmlight's professional grading suite 'Baselight'.
MUMMY’S BOY - SHORT FILM
In early 2019, Chris was part of a small team to make a short film with accomplished writer Stewart McDonald. Chris offered to help in any role he could, and primarily helping with the post-production process.
Chris ended up working as a camera assistant for DP Andy Schonfelder, which gave him a deep insight to the footage, both from a story and a technical perspective.
Chris also cut the film, and given it is a comedy, it was a first for him, as it needed a particular rhythm, but he took on the challenge and Stewart was very pleased with the results.
SYBIL - SHORT FILM
Chris was asked in 2018 if he could again assist David Mercer, to cut a film, but this time it was a short film for Jo Mitchell, as she was making her directorial debut.
Chris was initially managing the ingest of the daily footage, which was shot in 4K resolution, and organising the media for Dave to cut in Avid.
Due to Chris’ skills as a colourist and finishing editor, he then also coloured the final cut using ‘Baselight’, and finished the online edit alongside Jo in Avid at his home editing system.
TIMELAPSE ARTIST - FIVE YEARS IN LEEDS
In 2013 when Chris moved to Leeds to work for ITV, he had recently started experimenting with timelapse video, and decided to start using this new city as a playground to explore; via the art of timelapse.
Over several years Chris self-taught and improved his techniques and equipment to improve his skillset. This lead to him shooting several times for ‘Emmerdale’, alongside his own passion project.
The final result was heavily influenced by the opening sequence of 'Netflix’s House of Cards, and became a 3-minute short film displaying his five years worth of work; with all footage purchasable on Pond5.
Chris also used the film and experience of learning to write a blogpost detailing how viewers could shoot timelapse themselves.
TIMELAPSE ARTIST - EMMERDALE, SOAP
During Chris' time at Emmerdale, he has been asked on several occasions to produce timelapses for the show. First off in 2016 with a night to day transition involving a bonfire, following by a series of sunrise timelapses to be used around the death of the Village's Vicar 'Ashley Thomas'. Chris' toughest challenge was a starry sky to day transition over 'Butler's Farm' during a difficult storyline tackling post-natal depression. This particular shot was requested from the director having liked my other work, and it involved two shoots, and over 60 hours in post production to perfect the transition, using a variety of LRTimelapse and Adobe After Effects. Through several versions with producer feedback, the director Pip Short was very pleased with the results.
ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES - FEATURE FILM
After working with Editor David Mercer on Dominic Brunt's film Bait in 2014, Chris was asked back for Dominic's next feature 'Attack of the Adult Babies'. Chris's role was largely the same as the previous film, as 1st Assistant Editor. Involving one week to ingest the film's three weeks of rushes, followed by regular contact with David about any technical issues and moving footage between dubbing, VFX and the online edit.
CUPPER - PROMOTIONAL
In 2017 the team at Cupper, found Chris through Instagram to request a video shoot for their Kickstarter campaign around their product which kept your takeaway coffee hot through a heated plate. The team had very little experience in film making, so Chris helped produce the campaign video from the beginning: writing the script with them, ideas on how best to display the product, and scheduling the shoot and edit in time for the campaign to start. Chris' versatile skillset and time management ability helped keep the shoot on track in their tight two day shoot, followed by the revisions in edit (between Leeds and Bristol) involving Chris also taking on the role of voiceover artist towards the end of the project timeline.
PAT AND AKI, VARIOUS PROJECTS - SHORT FILMS
Since 2015 Chris has been asked on several occasions to shoot for the YouTube Channel 'Pat and Aki'. This relationship initially started as help in the grading process of their 'Fathers Day' film, but quickly developed into Chris being DoP and colourist on their more extravagant films. Most notably the 'Logan Official Trailer Parody' video shot in 2017, which required being able to recreate shots from the official trailer with precision. Another major project for the team was the Channel's first attempt at drama and action, 'Stryker vs Merc' with Chris being called in again to shoot and colour the short, which involved a lengthy fight scene, requiring a lot of blocking and camera movement.
THE INDIGO PROJECT, TASTE IT - MUSIC VIDEO
Having previously worked with Joe Spink and his band The Indigo Project, Chris was asked to make a music video for their first single 'Taste It' which was to have a launch event at The Key Club in Leeds. Chris got together a team of camera operators: Aaron Hussein, Adam Sheldon and Max Nicoll, and collectively they shot the whole gig with the intention of using any footage that doesn't sync with the song; to be used as cutaway content.
After the gig, Chris cut the video together and sent over versions for the band to send back feedback, once the video cut was finished, Chris coloured the video, and packaged the video with boards at either end.
BAIT - FEATURE FILM
In 2014 Chris was the 1st Assistant Editor on Dominic Brunt's feature horror film Bait; he was asked by editor David Mercer to work under him after meeting at Emmerdale. In this role he initially designed workflows and the structure for organising rushes for Dave to use in the edit. Once this had been completed Chris managed the Avid project and moved it between the various machines they cut on; Chris also sent out cuts to Dominic and Metrodome to view, whilst managing all the VFX clips to and from the VFX artists, and the audio AAFs/files being sent to the dubbing mixer.
SAD. MAN. SMILING. - SHORT FILM
Chris was asked by Karl Falconer of Purplecoat Productions to be the Director of Photography on this 30 minutes short film. It was the biggest DoP task Chris had done to date and was very pleased with the finished quality; the films received constant praise for the look of the film after it's premiere.
Chris' role mainly consisted of lighting every scene of the film, to choreograph camera movements with the two camera assistants: Adam Sheldon and Aaron Hussein; and also to camera operate. They mostly shot on Canon DSLR's, and also utilised the Movi M5 when shooting in Snowdonia; Chris has blogged about this previously.
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OSCARS BAR CANAL STREET - PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL
Chris has worked with Bruce at Oscars Bar since 2012 in various roles, but started initially creating montages of Musicals that are still played at the bar every day; Chris' role soon progressed on to making a promotional video to show how the bar transformed since Bruce acquired it. Currently Chris still manages the musical content at the bar but now also create all of their promotional photographs and video. This includes updating the promotional video regularly, and taking highly detailed photographs of the drinks on offer at the bar, the bar itself (both internal and external) and also covering any events that take place at the bar.
TWELFTH NIGHT ON TOUR - DOCUMENTARY
In 2014 Chris toured around the UK with Purplecoat Productions to document the lives of their cast as they performed Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in five cities over the space of six days.
Twelfth Night on Tour displays the difficulties involved in a feat of this magnitude. The trailer is available to watch, via the thumbnail here, and Click here to watch the film.
Chris has previously blogged how this documentary was shot and what gear was involved - click here for the blog post