Chris Lehmann is a freelance cinematographer, editor and filmmaking instructor based in Camden, ME.
He has completed projects and continues to work with clients including The American Red Cross, STUDIO (Television Australia), Patagonia, The Penobscot River Trust, MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting), Good Focus Films, Overseas Adventure Travel, Global Community Service Foundation, Storm Warriors International, Cellardoor Winery, and others. During the spring of 2012 Chris traveled to Vietnam and India to shoot a series of documentaries for Storm Warriors International and plans to return to Asia in 2014. In the past year his work has won multiple awards including the Zeiss Precision Imaging Competition (Director) as well as an honorable mention in the independently judged Maine Media Workshops 40th Anniversary “Spirit of Place” competition. Chris is currently shooting interviews for a feature-length documentary concerning the lives of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (with a 2014 release date).
After attending Syracuse University where he received his B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film Production from the Newhouse School, with an emphasis on audio production, Chris planted roots in San Francisco, CA. Here he formed and was the primary songwriter and singer for two successful bands Heavy Into Jeff (UBL Records) and Magnified (TVT Records) while continuing to hone his skills as a sound recording engineer and producer in both studio sessions and live music recording environments throughout Northern California and Los Angeles.
After being released from his last recording contract, Chris again immersed himself in film and video production, eventually garnering a staff position at San Francisco production house, Beyond Pix Media where he worked as a location audio engineer, key-grip, gaffer, camera operator, editor, and eventually director of photography for clients including Jawbone, Google, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, and other Silicon Valley companies.
“Beyond Pix was instrumental in my transition back to working in a visual medium, everyone wore many hats, and the years that I spent there allowed me to blossom as a cinematographer and editor which, along with my previous experience working with audio, gave me the ability to craft a complete story. I have never underestimated the importance and power of audio to enhance visual storytelling, it’s absolutely essential”.
In 2010, wanting to immerse himself within a small and creative film community, Chris relocated to Rockport, Maine to fill the position of Post Production Manager for The Maine Media Workshops. Chris also instructed classes in editing, lighting, and film production for the 2010 – 2011, 30-Week Professional Certification Program through Maine Media College and also developed and continues to teach a new class called Digital Workflow. For the 2012 Maine Media Workshop season, Chris instructed the spring and fall sessions of the 6-week New Filmmakers Workshops, as well as workshops in editing and Video Using HDSLR Cameras.
"You are not only a great teacher but also a great person, and you gave me the most beautiful present that a teacher can give to students — you transmitted to me your passion." —FV, NY