Chris Squires has worked as a camera operator, Steadicam operator, and director of photography for over twenty years.
He began his career assisting on such films as The Right Stuff and Miracle Mile, before going on to work with noted cinematographers, including Vilmos Zsigmond, Caleb Deschanel, and Haskell Wexler. Features and television have included Forrest Gump, The Doors, The Usual Suspects, Fight Club, The Two Jakes, Copycat, Gilmore Girls, Extant, The Band Played On, and Michael Jackson’s This Is It. Most recently he wrapped Claws, starring Niecy Nash, after collaborating as DP during the four season run of the TNT series.
Born in El Salvador, of American parents, Chris grew up in Hawaii, Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan and Brazil. He has a rare ability to be comfortable in any setting, an asset honed while shooting features in Istanbul, Berlin, and Budapest. Not surprisingly, his work is often described as having a European, artistic sensibility. He has earned a reputation as a hands-on collaborator who adapts his style to the needs of the project, and considers working with first-time directors both a privilege and one of his strengths. Collaborators describe Chris as steady, easy-going and unflappable under pressure.
Chris’s camera operating skills have allowed him to indulge his love of movement. Many of those who’ve worked with him are struck by how Chris comes alive behind the camera. This has been valuable on projects like Forrest Gump and Fight Club, along with Whiplash – which earned him a nomination as Camera Operator of the Year from the British Society of Cinematographers. Chris’s affinity for motion and collaboration also came to life in the extended Steadicam scenes in La Princesse, directed by legendary French director Bertrand Tavernier, and nominated for a Cesar Award for cinematography. On this effort, DP Bruno de Keyser described himself as the conductor, and Chris as his concertmaster and first violinist.
Whiplash (OP)British Society of
Operator of the
Foxglove (DP)Official Selection
Locarno Film Festival
Forrest Gump (OP)Cinematography
On Hope (DP)Dramatic Short Subject
To the Moon Alice (DP)Official Selection
Sundance Film Festival
Lola and Bilidikid (DP)Official Selection
Berlin Film Festival,
Turin Film Festival
Old Love (DP)International Cinematographer’s