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Chris James Champeau

Burbank, California

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About Me

Chris is a visionary Director, Editor, Visual effects virtuoso who can turn the most simple green screen shot into a world beyond your dreams. Based out of Los Angeles, California, Chris has a long resume of working with high profile musicians in documentaries, music videos, and commercials.

Although many call him Champ, he entered this world many years ago as Chris James Champeau. Chris was raised in rural Wisconsin, where he was exposed to a different upcoming than most. Hunting, fishing, camping, polish food and of course football were many of his passions at an early age. Growing up he was extremely involved in athletics. Chris took pride in competing as a four-sport athlete. Swimming year round, Cross Country in the fall, Track in the Spring, and Triathlons in the Summer. However, the arts were not forgotten. Beginning in grade school, Chris attended art courses at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College as part of the Gifted and Talented Program. During his middle school years, he ran the student's stage crew, building sets for stage plays, including Bugsy Malone and Annie. Towards the end of high school, Chris began his career as a filmmaker, earning several nominations and awards at various small film festivals in the Midwest. It was around this time that Chris decided to attend the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee to study Film.

In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles and began working as an on-call Editor and Visual Effects Artist. Between jobs, he directed his two first Short Films since leaving UWM; Road Block and Murdrum. Both films received several festival selections. Chris also began working with a few high profile companies such as Funny or Die, The History Channel, Red Bull, Poya Pictures, Beachbody, Alter Ego Industries, and Dreamseek Entertainment.

From 2010 to 2015, Chris was employed full time at Dave Stewart Entertainment (DSE), in charge of Post Production. He also directed and edited several feature-length documentaries, including "The Ringmaster General" and "Superheavy". Chris also helped with Visual Effects on the feature documentary "Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams."

"The Ringmaster General" is a bizarre story of how Guitar Legend Dave Stewart finds himself in Nashville, TN, recording two albums at Blackbird Studios owned by John and Martina McBride. The Documentary walks the line between reality and fiction, as it shows Dave create two full albums from scratch, with legends such as Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Jessie Baylin, Bobby Keys, and more.

"Superheavy" is the journey of several legendary musicians from around the world coming together to create a super-group and release their debut self-titled album. Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, and AR Rahman record in sessions in Los Angeles, France, Turkey, Miami, the Caribbean, India, and the coast of Cypress.

Chris also worked on several music videos and commercials with DSE, such as Dave Stewart's Girl in a Catsuit featuring Orianthi in which Chris directed. Chris also edited and completed visual effects in music videos for the Neon Trees, Deadmau5, Lionel Richie, and Kaskade to name a few.

Recently Chris has begun working freelance on Television shows and Features. Working with companies such as Red Bull, Eyeboogie, Inc., Sandwich Video, and others as a director, editor, visual effects artist, and also color correction.

Chris spends much of his free time working in his garage where he fuels his passion for hot rods and building unique art pieces from metal and wood, specifically lamps that he sells in his Etsy store, Champs Speed Shop.

I have been in the industry since 2009.

Credits

Editor – American Rackets

October, 2017 — current
Feature – True Grit Films

VFX / Color – Nine Inch Nails - This Isn't The Place

June, 2017 — June, 2017
Music Video – 42 Entertainment

VFX – Guilty Party

April, 2017 — October, 2017
Television – Fullscreen

VFX – Why I'm Not On Pokemon Go

February, 2017 — February, 2017
Short Film – INvelop

VFX – Xfinity Home

December, 2016 — January, 2017
Commercial – Required Reading

Motion Graphics – NFL Thursday Night Football on Twitter

September, 2016 — December, 2016
Commercial – Laundry Service

Trailer Editor – The Windmill

August, 2016 — August, 2016
Feature – Concourse Media

Trailer Editor – A Beautiful Now

August, 2016 — August, 2016
Feature – Concourse Media

Editor / VFX – A Peculiar Tale

June, 2016 — July, 2016
Short Film – Fullscreen

Motion Graphics – Zedd - True Colors

May, 2016 — June, 2016
Feature – 42 Entertainment

Color – I Am Sun Mu

April, 2016 — September, 2016
Feature – Required Reading

VFX – The Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection

April, 2016 — May, 2016
Commercial – QVC

VFX – Kaya - Try It Out

March, 2016 — June, 2016
Music Video – Required Reading

Trailer Editor – The Phoenix Incident

February, 2016 — February, 2016
Feature – Concourse Media

Trailer Editor – The Man Who Was Thursday

January, 2016 — January, 2016
Feature – Concourse Media

VFX – A Christmas Reunion

October, 2015 — November, 2015
Feature – Hybrid

Editor / Motion Graphics – Hungrytown U.S.A.

September, 2015 — January, 2016
Television – Eyeboogie

Color – Shake The Dust

May, 2015 — May, 2015
Feature – Required Reading

VFX – There is Many Like us

March, 2015 — June, 2015
Feature – Webstar Productions

VFX – Dearest - One

January, 2015 — March, 2015
Music Video – Shane McLafferty

Editor – Ford - Go Further

November, 2014 — November, 2014
Commercial – Webstar Productions

Editor / VFX – Chartcube

September, 2014 — October, 2014
Commercial – Sandwich

VFX – UNI by Motionsavvy

September, 2014 — September, 2014
Commercial – Sandwich

VFX – Nightmare & The Cat - Undercover

June, 2014 — July, 2014
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

VFX – Among Savages - Start at the Beginning

March, 2014 — April, 2014
Music Video – Shane McLafferty

VFX / Color – Drake Bell - Bitchcraft

March, 2014 — April, 2014
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

VFX / Motion Graphics – Dave Stewart - Every Single Night

March, 2014 — March, 2014
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

VFX – Delta Airlines - Cheer Cart

November, 2013 — November, 2013
Commercial – Digitas

VFX / Color – Alex Gaudino Ft. Nicole Scherzinger - Missing You

June, 2013 — July, 2013
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

VFX / Color – Kaskade - Atmosphere

June, 2013 — June, 2013
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

VFX – Orianthi - Heaven In This Hell

May, 2013 — June, 2013
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

VFX – Fresh & Easy: The Easy Life

May, 2013 — May, 2013
Commercial – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – F&Easy: The Musical

April, 2013 — April, 2013
Commercial – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – The Contractor

March, 2013 — March, 2013
Feature – Hybrid

Editor / Additional VFX – AR Rahman - Infinite Love

September, 2012 — December, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Editor / VFX – Neon Trees - Lessons in Love

September, 2012 — October, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Dave Stewart Ft. Jessie Baylin

September, 2012 — September, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Video Game Addiction

September, 2012 — September, 2012
Short Film – Homage.com

VFX – How to Succeed in Business the Tundra Gear Way - Bandana Dan

August, 2012 — September, 2012
Music Video – Funny or Die

VFX – Girl Trip - Retail Therapy

August, 2012 — August, 2012
Music Video – Dave Stewart Entertainment

2D VFX, Motion Graphics – Deadmau5 - Professional Greifers

May, 2012 — July, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Director / Editor / VFX – Dave Stewart - Girl in a Catsuit

March, 2012 — April, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX / Additional Editing – Neon Trees - Everybody Talks

February, 2012 — March, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Kamaliya - Risin' Up

January, 2012 — February, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Nightmare & The Cat - Blackbird Smile

January, 2012 — February, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX / Color – Lionel Richie Ft. Shania Twain - Endless Love

January, 2012 — February, 2012
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Director / Editor – Dave Stewart - Gypsy Girl

November, 2011 — November, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Stevie Nicks - Moonlight (A Vampires Dream)

October, 2011 — October, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Director / VFX – Swoosh

October, 2011 — October, 2011
Commercial – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Simone Battle - He Likes Boys

August, 2011 — September, 2011
Music Video – Weapons Of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Dave Stewart - One Way Ticket to the Moon

August, 2011 — September, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Director / Editor / VFX – Minor Soul - Alice

August, 2011 — September, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Stevie Nicks - For What It's Worth

July, 2011 — August, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX / Color – Mosses Luster & The Hollywood Lights - Lover

July, 2011 — July, 2011
Music Video – Shane McLafferty

VFX / Additional Editing – SuperHeavy - Miracle Worker

June, 2011 — July, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Editor / VFX – Young Jesus - Chicago Alone Pt 2

May, 2011 — June, 2011
Music Video – Alejandro Martinez

Director / Editor – SuperHeavy

April, 2011 — December, 2012
Feature – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Editor – Red Bull - Sound Clash

March, 2011 — March, 2011
Live Event – Redbull / Poya Pictures

VFX – Adulterers

February, 2011 — February, 2011
Short Film – Funny or Die

VFX – David Garrett - The 5th

February, 2011 — February, 2011
Music Video – Poya Pictures

VFX – Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams

January, 2011 — October, 2013
Feature – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Director / Editor – The Ringmaster General

January, 2011 — October, 2012
Feature – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

VFX – Stevie Nicks - Secret Love

January, 2011 — February, 2011
Music Video – Weapons of Mass Entertainment

Editor – Chevron - Greenwash

November, 2010 — December, 2011
Short Film – Funny or Die

Additional Editor – Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now

October, 2010 — November, 2010
Music Video – Poya Pictures

1st Assistant Editor / Additional VFX – I Kissed a Vampire

March, 2010 — June, 2010
Feature – Alter Ego Industries

Director / Editor / VFX – Murdrum

July, 2009 — October, 2009
Short Film –

Director / Editor / VFX – Road Block

April, 2009 — May, 2009
Short Film –

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