Chris Bouchard is a British film director based in London. He is known for The Hunt For Gollum, The Little Mermaid (Shirley MacLaine) and London's Finest. He began his career in visual effects, contributing to major motion pictures including Gravity, The Dark Knight and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
While studying music technology at the University of York, he directed a spec Sci-Fi trailer which made a splash on the internet. The Human Residue concept trailer captured the attention of the online press; Fangoria, JoBlo and Kevin Smith's Quick Stop Entertainment. Graduating with a media engineering degree, he worked at Dolby Laboratories, VFX studio Framestore and Technicolor in London, specialising in new technolgoies and R&D.
Whilst working for Framestore he crowd sourced The Hunt For Gollum, a 39 minute unofficial The Lord of the Rings short film adaptation based on appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels. The film became a breakout success online. It premiered at SCI-FI-LONDON and hit the Internet simultaneously where it struck a chord with fans and received millions of views. It also appeared at festivals around the world and collected several awards. The film was the first 'serious' fan film based on The Lord Of The Rings. Press coverage praised the lush production values, the cinematic style and the inventive ways of showing Gollum, comparing it to the look and feel of the Peter Jackson official trilogy.
Oscar winning VFX studio Framestore backed his first feature length film as director - crime comedy London's Finest - which premiered at London's East End Film Festival and was released in the UK by Trinity Film, and on London Live! and internationally He also continued to work in the visual effects industry, contributing on major motion pictures including The Dark Knight, Gravity, Fantastic Beasts, SkyFall and on TV Comercials for major brands including Pepsi, Coca Cola, VW, Sony and Samsung.
He recently directed on Netflix live-action feature adaptation THE LITTLE MERMAID (2017) with writer Blake Harris. The independently produced adaptation, starring Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton, William Moseley and Loreto Peralta is produced by Miami based Kingsway Productions and Conglomorate Media.
Aside from his work in film, Chris is an avid traveller, and has journeyed with a backpack through many countries across Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He usually lives in London.