Chris Vincze is an award-winning director whose films combine strong performances with state-of the art technology and visual effects. He has directed spots for clients including Strongbow, Pringles, and Pfizer. His film for Women’s Aid won Creative Review Best In Book, and a Creative Circle Gold as well as being nominated for Cannes Lions and British Arrows awards.
Always at the forefront of new technology, he was an in-house Director, Creative Technologist, and Head of Stereoscopic content whilst at MPC. Since leaving MPC in 2014, he has spent much of the time since directing VR content for clients including Esso, IKEA, O2, and Nokia.
Chris’s short film “EVOL” won multiple awards and was screened at numerous festivals. His most recent short “Making Friends” is hot off the press and doing the festival circuit, premiering at LA ShortsFest.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
Most ideas have something that is good in them, however tiny. It’s just a question of digging around at that good bit to discover whether there’s an interesting artifact buried there or just an old boot.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
The films of David Lynch; the novels of Haruki Murakami; the music of Amon Tobin usually puts me in the right mood.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Probably think I was still dreaming.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Dracula, the Alien from Alien and my upstairs neighbor.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Practical effects where possible, but I don’t shy away from CG.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I usually start by looking around the internet for inspiration. There is lots of hilariously bad taxidermy around which was a good inspiration for Making Friends.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The fact that Donald Trump got to be president of the USA. That’s scarier than any film. My films are light relief.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favorite scary movie?’