Chris Bouchard is a British film director born in Bristol, U.K.
Chris was fascinated by stories from a very young age, and would spend his spare time immersed in books, reading anything from classic fantasy and science fiction to mystery, suspense and crime. He was from a musical family and when he won a place in Gloucester Cathedral Choir, he toured the U.S. and Canada. He also took part in the filming of BBC television drama series THE CHOIR (1995), appearing in most episodes. Being on a major television set at the age of 11, was the spark that would kindle his interest in film-making.
While studying music & media technology at York, he began making his own films, directing a 20 minute short on DV, working in many crew roles including composing film music.
As a student he directed a spec Sci-Fi trailer which made a splash on the internet in 2006 (Human Residue) and captured the attention of online mags Fangoria, JoBlo and Kevin Smith's Quick Stop Entertainment. Then, graduating with a media engineering degree, he got his first job at Dolby Laboratories which led to him working for VFX studio Framestore and then Technicolor.
Whilst working for Framestore on major visual effects motion pictures and commercials, he crowd sourced his 39 minute fan film THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM, which was shot for £3000. It struck a chord with LOTR fans and became a YouTube hit, receiving millions of views, appearing at festivals around the world and collecting several awards. The film is recognised as the first and most ambitious '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 official trilogy.
Oscar winning VFX studio Framestore backed his first feature length film as director - crime comedy HACKNEY'S FINEST - which premiered at London's East End Film Festival and was released in the UK 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.
In 2016 he collaboratively directed new 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 MVP STUDIOS and Conglomorate Media.
Aside from directing, Chris is an avid traveller, and has journeyed with a backpack through over 30 countries across Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He usually lives in London.