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Storyteller Spotlight - Explore More Films

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Filmmaker: Christopher Abbey


This week we had a chance to catch up with Christopher Abbey, of Explore More Films. Chris has a unique style of filmmaking and pulls off one of the hardest feats in filmmaking - comedy.

How did you get into filmmaking?

My journey into filmmaking began 20 years ago, when I applied to film school at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Once I realized that they were grooming my class to be local news camera operators as opposed to independent filmmakers, I quickly changed my major to Motion Graphics. Since that humble start, my professional focus has been commercial and broadcast design and animation for television and film. Currently, I am an Art Director for the ABC Television Marketing Department where I help to craft the design of the promos for our lineup of programming. In my personal pursuits, I focus on filmmaking. Over the last 10 years, I have worked on television pilots, comedy shorts, documentaries and a variety of other pursuits. Currently, my personal focus is on travel and adventure short films that focus primarily on hiking, backpacking and the wilderness.

What's your favorite Part of the Creative process?

My simple answer is "the doing"... I know that's a little vague but for me I am most excited when I'm getting my hands dirty. If I have a camera or a slider or some other gear and I am physically crafting a shot, that would definitely be my favorite part.

What advice would you give someone starting out?

If you're just starting out, my only advice would be to shoot, shoot, shoot... Unless you happen to be one of these savants that come out of the box with unparalleled talent, then you're going to need to make mistakes. That's the only way you learn and learning is the only way that you get good.

What's next? what are you excited about?

Currently, I am wrapping up a 20-minute documentary about a through hike in Yosemite's high country. It features my brother and his three good friends on their first backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.