Chris R. Green
Chris R. Green is currently alive and was born in San Francisco across the bay in idyllic Marin County.
Visual Effects/Animation Department/Miscellaneous Crew
As an artistically involved person, Chris has been surrounded with many busy projects and his own independently-made works. Early Life/Family
He had a miserable childhood, and wanted to get out of it as soon as possible to study and work in the real world.
After graduating high school, Chris and his best friend/partner-in-crime studied furiously at The Berkeley Film Institute. This was where he spent hours passionately learning about the aspects of filmmaking, including camerawork, sound design, recording, editing, and listening to other students talk about their plans. From here, he found out he had an extra talent in modelbuilding, and was able to exploit his talents in storyboarding, lighting, and art directing.
Mill Valley California is where Chris started his work in the industry. He started as a young art assistant for “Twice Upon A Time,” his first feature film. From here, this is where his first test was established, and it was of an official animation paper of a barking dog head. He also did storyboarding for an ambitious music video, and an art direction for a public service announcement which ended up winning him an Emmy (no statue, just a piece of paper). After a year of doing animation on a computer game called “Airheart,” Chris was hired at Industrial Light and Magic (then part of Lucasfilm, Ltd.). After several years of blood, sweat, and tears along with little storyboarding in over 20 feature films at I.L.M. under his belt, Chris decided to become a freelancer so that he could become independent and well-rounded. From then, he did more digital work, did TV commercials, feature films (most popular being “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), games, and in pre- and post- production.
Comments On Style:
Based on Chris’ reel pieces on his website, I find him having a variety of styles depending on the type of project he is working on. Since he has a talent for working with compositing, animation, matte painting, texture map painting, motion tracking (all dimensions), automation-scripting, expressions, and web creation, there is a sense of good camera angles, smooth movement flow, and amazing artistic value in his work. Prior to his animation work, I really enjoyed his “Dot Man,” TV commercial, and how there was a comic-book style incorporated into it. Since it is a man talking in the newspaper, this style really suited the commercial. I also liked how his HP HomeServer commercials had a simple, abstract, and saturated colored feel to it. Compared to the “Dot Man,” it had a cute, childish feel to it.
Brad Bird is someone Chris truly admires and respects in the industry. Hence, it is why he finds “The Incredibles” and “Iron Giant” one of the best works of art.
He is a mellow animator with a great sense of humor. He is also very kind and will help cat-sit if he is needed. He also loves his camera very much, and will take it with him anywhere he goes. He is also very wise in not only about the industry due to his experiences, but also about the artistic perspective of entertainment media today.
When talking to Chris on the phone, and trying to talk to him about the situation regarding me calling and emailing him, Chris talked about how he was appreciative about the whole ordeal, and how he understands it. After all, he had something similar happen to him a while back where some guy tried to get an interview with him. It turned out to be an interesting experience for him because it happened in an unusual moment for him. From this, he talked about how animators are becoming a little more well-known compared to how they used to be due to the fact that he saw some of them on T.V.
Miscellaneous: Chris often refers himself as “The Best Kept Secret in The Visual Arts.” His favorite animated feature film is “The Incredibles,” and he also enjoyed “Iron Giant.” In some circles, he is known as “Cheese,” and to others, he is known as “Greenie.” He can harmonize, used to tap dance, and will occasionally teach beginners. He is the original High-Maintenance-Diet Guy and will not eat a thing all day at times. His favorite media to work with is matte, and he travels back and forward from California and New York.
· Visual Effects (1 credit)
o 2011 Men from Nowhere (Documentary) (digital effects)
o 2007 The Nanny Diaries (matte-painter – uncredited)
o 2003 The Hebrew Hammer (visual effects artist)
o 1997 Obsidian (Video Game) (digital compositor – as Chris Green)
o 1995 The Dig (Video Game) (special effects animator – as Chris Green)
o 1994 Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine (Video Game) (digital artist – as Chris Green)
o 1994 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs: The Second Cataclysm (Video Game)(digital artist – as Chris Green)
o 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas (effects animator – as Chris Green)
o 1992 Memoirs of an Invisible Man (effects animator – as Chris Green)
o 1991 Hudson Hawk (animator: ILM – as Chris Green)
o 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (animator: ILM – as Chris Green)
o 1989 Back to the Future Part II (animator: ILM – as Chris Green)
o 1987 The Witches of Eastwick (animator: ILM – as Chris Green)
o 1986 The Golden Child (effects animator – uncredited)
o 1983 Twice Upon a Time (additional animator)
· Animation Department (1 credit)
o 1994 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs: The Second Cataclysm (Video Game) (cel animator – as Chris Green)
o 1991 The Rocketeer (animator)
o 1988 Who Frame Roger Rabbit (animator – as Chris Green)
o 1987 The Witches of Eastwick (animator)
o 1983 Twice Upon a Time (additional animator)
· Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
o 2004 Say Yes Quickly (title designer)
o 2002 Impossible Creatures (Video Game) (recon – as Chris Green)
· Actor (1 credit)
o 1994 Loadstar: The Legend of Truly Bodine (Video Game)
Toaster (voice, as Chris Green)
· Producer (1 credit)
o 2011 Men from Nowhere (Documentary) (associate producer)
· *2008 Nominated Visual Effects Society Award for Team Fortress 2 (2007)
o According to Chris, he has not worked on this game, so this is untrue
· Phone Interview (10/23/14)
Contributors To This Listing:
· Chris R. Green
· Deborah Kuan
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