Meet the Staff: Chris Banuchi
"In time, I’m hoping to say, ‘Alright, I’m gonna block out this month and I’m gonna make a film and it’s gonna be great.'”
Chris Banuchi, our New York City Manager, is a jack-of-all-video-trades filmmaker. He was a gimbal operator on this Google Play video.
In high school, an interest in animation led Chris to lessons in post production and, eventually, television production in college. After college, and a brief stint working for a photographer and music video director, Chris found his first major encouragement for pursuing film.
He was an editor on this video for Elite Daily.
“When I was first coming out of college, I started a Youtube channel with a few friends and we got a couple million views on interview videos with artists, and we collaborated with a few different magazines to get the content out there. That was really fun and it started to encourage me to do more video stuff.”
He was the videographer on this video for Newman's Kitchen.
That diverse education, from animation to YouTube success, has paid professional dividends for Chris. He’s a jack-of-all-trades filmmaker, allowing him the opportunity to be different things to different people in the NYC film community.
He shot and edited this video for the Boom Boom Room.
“I do a lot of different kinds of stuff… If I was just focused on one thing certain opportunities would never come my way. I’ve spread myself out so much and, to this point, it’s been in my favor.”
While his present may be spread among trades, Chris’ future goals are more specific.
“In the end, I really would love to work on more independent film… For some reason, that’s something I haven’t started doing enough to where I can say, ‘I’m an independent filmmaker… You can’t pay the bills as easily as you can doing commercials and things like that. In time, I’m hoping to say, ‘Alright, I’m gonna block out this month and I’m gonna make a film and it’s gonna be great.”’
He was the writer/director on this short for the Sparrow Film Project.
Chris sees himself as best-suited in the director’s chair. He’s learned how to do a lot of things, and can communicate well between the various positions on set. His appreciation for the different aspects of filmmaking has not only equipped him as a future director, it's also made him an excellent NYC City Manager.
For more info, check out his ShareGrid page, here.