Christopher Hood (27) has been making films for 10 years starting at college where he studied a national diploma in Media. It was here he made his first short film ‘My Typical Day’ about an eccentric business man.
Since then he has gone on to achieve a Higher National Diploma and a honours degree in Film Production Technology (Bachelor of Science).
Chris has made 4 short films in total with his last film ‘There’s a man in the habit of hitting me on the head with an Umbrella’ coming runner-up in ShootingPeople’s Film of the Year. It was picked from 1000’s of films and voted for by the film community. Martha Fiennes (Chromophobia) in her review wrote that “disappearing down this rabbit hole was an absolute pleasure”, and Jason Solomans (Chairman of the London Film Critic Circle and Film Critic for the Guardian) said the film had “admirable clarity and simplicity, crucial to a good short”. The film is currently being transferred from the original 16mm to HD for a re-cut and re-release (2011). The purpose is to give it the festival release that Chris feels it deserves and didn’t get the first time around.
Directing has always been Chris’ passion however producing all of his films himself has meant he has also become an excellent producer. He is always resourceful; managing to negotiate anything from a full crash scene (including an ambulance, fire engine, police car, two crashed cars and a 150ft crane shot (Without Warning, 2004)), to being able to block off roads and bridges (Umbrella Man) all for free. He is always amazed at how much people are willing to help out small film-makers on their journey to make their next film.
Chris currently heads up a video production department in a children's gift & gadgets company, and hopes to make another short film soon. However, he has decided to try and apply for funding and investment this time around!