Profession: Director of Photography
Years Experience: 26
Chris Maris was brought up by artist parents near Holmfirth, Yorkshire. At North Staffordshire Polytechnic he specialised in audio visual design, which meant he spent his second terms student grant on a Bolex super-8 camera and stayed at home for the rest of the course making his own films, only venturing into the department to use the sound mixing equipment and transfer his exposed reversal film to tape, via a mirror.
In 1990 he shot his first feature film called 'Blackout,' described by Variety Magazine as having one redeeming quality; the 'Pro-lensed cinematography'.
A standard period of filming shorts, music videos and average TV drama followed, along with three years of part-time guest lecturing at the Guildhall University in London, until a postage stamp sized newspaper advertisement for further film education at VGIK in Moscow resulted in him spending a year there studying Russian film technique and B&W cinematography.
Here he met Anders Banke, a young director, with whom he has gone on to forge a solid working relationship resulting recently in the critically acclaimed vampire movie ‘Frostbite’, the most successful Swedish movie since Bergmans heyday in 1972.
After Moscow Chris spent eight years based in Bristol, where he worked as a freelance DP for, amongst many other companies, Aardman animations, specifically with their live action, animation compositing, special effects and chroma-key work, culminating in the award winning series of US ad’s for Serta Mattresses.
He now lives in a farm house in the south of Sweden where, in his spare time, he is building a 450 meter square special fx film studio. Current film projects include a Russian retake on Breaking News (called 'Newsmakers'), set in Moscow and Hammer Films first cinema release in over 30 years, the 'Wake Wood.' Projects set for 2009 include a ghost film set in Sweden, several genre films based in Kiev and his own moon based animated television series 'The Lunartics.'
Royal College of Art, MA Film School, Cinematography and Editing.
North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Bachelor of Arts, 1981.
Huddersfield School of Art, Art & Design, 1980.
VGIK, Moscow, Film Technique and B&W Cinematography.
Spoken Languages: English, Swedish