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Chris Jones, Director, Biography
'Chris is passionate about movies, and about stories that connect with audiences. Through his film career, his writing career and his time teaching new film makers, this enthusiasm and determination shines through and infects everyone who comes into contact with him.

Chris was born in the Northwest of England, in Wigan, an old coal mining town now more famous for its Rugby. Film making was not an obvious career choice, but Chris’ passion for cinema and drive to make his dreams come true resulted with him making a string of highly successful super 8mm horror movies which in turn landed him in film school.

It was while at film school that he made alliances with other film makers with whom he subsequently made three genre micro budget features – first was an action thriller starring Harrison Ford’s kid brother Terrance, The Runner. This baptism by fire soon led to a second feature film, White Angel, a serial killer thriller (US title Interview With A Serial Killer) starring Peter Firth. White Angel later ran as the centrepiece film at the London Film Festival and picked up a bunch of international awards at festivals. The third micro budget feature was Urban Ghost Story, a gritty social realist paranormal tale set in Glasgow, Scotland which he wrote and produced.

It was during the making of these films that Chris decided to write The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook. When it hit the book shelves, it was an immediate success with Indie film makers. The book has since spawned two updates, an American edition and a third book, The Movie Blueprint. The books have helped and inspired over 100,000 new film makers to date.

After some years teaching and writing books, Chris relaunched his film making career in 2007 with the ambitious short "Gone Fishing". The film was entirely funded with £50 ($70) donations and Chris has kept an extensive blog about his adventures at http://www.chrisjonesblog.com

Chris lives in Ealing, West London and his business is based at the historic Ealing Film Studios.
 

Directors Statement
'Gone Fishing' is a short, nostalgic trip that I hope will take the viewer back to a Kodachrome yesteryear, a time when summers were as bright as they were long. I wanted to make a family-friendly adventure that both parents and kids would enjoy, a film they could watch over and over. Something that would always bring a smile to their faces.

For me, movies are about the audience. The audience is the film maker’s boss. Accordingly, I hold holy their experience, and commit to do everything that I can to make them, and I know it’s a cliché, laugh, cry, and to take them on a fantastical journey that, if I have done my job well, will touch, move and inspire them.

Chris Jones on Gone Fishing.
 


Filmography
2008 – Gone Fishing (short) Director and Writer
1997 – Urban Ghost Story (feature ghost story) Producer, Co-writer.
1994 – White Angel (feature thiller) Writer, Director and Editor.
1992 – The Runner (feature action adventure) co-producer and director.

Bibliography
2006 – The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, 3rd Edition. Continuum, 740 pages
2004 – The Guerilla Film Makers Hollywood Handbook, 1st Edition, 640 pages
2002 – The Movie Blueprint, 1st Edition, 620 Pages
2000 – The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, 2nd Edition, 640 pages
1995 – The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, 1st Edition

Chris has also worked as a journalist for numerous film magazines. He has consulted and helped on countless independent productions.

 

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Ealing Film Studios,
Ealing Green,
London, W5 5EP,  UK
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