Chris Bové is an American film and television editor, writer, and producer. He began his career over thirty years ago, and is best known as an editor of broadcast documentaries with strong narrative storytelling.
Chris started editing very young. Initial hobbyist projects on 16mm turned into paid gigs, which eventually became freelancing on 16mm and 35mm Steenbeck, KEM, and Moviola machines. That translated quite easily to video with CMX, Ampeg, and GVG linear edit systems.
However, once he got in front of Avid Film Composer and eventually Avid Media Composer, he never looked back.
He thrived in the creative environments of independent films and broadcast documentary. Working up to 120 hours per week, he learned the Avid Media Composer software and its workflows more intimately than anyone around. He shared that knowledge daily on the Avid online forums, and by creating the largest Avid User Group in New York State. He created and delivered curriculum to its members at various locations across three cities.
An Avid employee showed up at one of the user group meetings and recruited Chris to become a moderator on the official Avid Communities, and eventually a beta tester, an Avid ACA Leader, and a master class instructor at Avid Connect in Las Vegas.
Chris was ultimately headhunted by Marianna Montague in 2021 to replace her, full time, as Avid's Online Community Manager and Customer Advocate. He ran Avid's Community Team for nearly 2 years, helping Avid's customers on forums and social media sites.
Today he manages Avid's Digital Customer Success department, which reaches out to users of Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools, and Sibelius to proactively assist them and catch issues before they arise.
But #PostDon'tStop, and neither has his editorial work. Uncommonly easy to work with and fiercely experienced, he is still editing constantly as a freelancer.
After his first few years as a professional editor, he landed a dream job working for documentary producer Courtney Sale Ross (Listen Up! The Lives of Quincy Jones). Working for her in East Hampton got him other gigs in town, at The Ross School, for independent filmmakers, for the Hamptons International Film Festival, and for a friend working next door at Steven Spielberg’s home making pitch videos for Amblin Entertainment.
Inspired by his time with Courtney Sale Ross, and by his college professor Sarah Elder, documentary editing became his focus. He began cutting docs and television programs full time for PBS during the 1990's.
30 years later, while working full time at Avid, he still freelances constantly.
Chris has written hundreds of scripts for television programs, documentaries, and digital stories. He usually works as a Writer or a Story Editor on the PBS documentaries he edits.
Lots of people had time on their hands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris took that time to create a series bible for a new Northern Exposure reboot, as well as writing several episodes for its first season.
Chris Bové started in film, but his first video job was unique. Unlike others who work their entire careers hoping to make something for Steven Spielberg, it was actually one of his first gigs.
"It was right around the time he was finishing up Schindler's List. The work I did was nothing sexy at all... just some minor editing and dubbing for his East Hampton team. Working in an ecosystem like that changed me. Their focus on storytelling was unique and inspirational. I was incredibly fortunate.
A couple of weeks later, he stopped down. It was the one day in a stretch of 55 days that I had off, so I didn't get a chance to hear his thoughts. That missed opportunity also changed me... I didn't take another day off for years."
Recruited in the mid-2000's by Avid's own Marianna Montague, Chris Bové was one of her original Moderators on Avid's Pro Video Community, and the Avid Editors of Facebook.
He has worked with Avid staff to create long-format tutorials and blog posts on Media Composer, Avid ScriptSync, Avid PhraseFind, and on the general architecture of how Media Composer uses a computer.
Tutorial for PhraseFind:
Tutorial for ScriptSync:
He has been Vice Chair and Secretary on Avid's Community Advisory Council, and is on Avid's Products & Solutions Advisory Council. This group works directly with Avid's executive staff, product designers and engineers to improve communication withers, and prioritize product feature requests.
An advocate for education and editorial integrity, Chris Bové is a frequent guest speaker at numerous industry events and colleges.
He also consults for many companies on their workflows, including tapeless acquisition, media management, delivery and museum-quality archiving.
In 2018, he and Steve Audette, ACE conducted a Masterclass at Avid Connect / NAB on documentary editing.
In 2019 he was a guest speaker at Avid Headquarters for their 2020 Vision Summit, addressing the needs of users in the coming years.
Working in East Hampton at the time, Chris also volunteered behind-the-scenes for the Hamptons International Film Festival. At 1994's festival, after a long day of volunteering, he screened A Month in the Country next to actor Roy Scheider (Jaws).
"That was fun... We were all sitting outside on blankets. Roy and his family were next to me. I couldn't help glancing over and smiling because from my angle, I had exactly the same perspective as the beach shot in JAWS."
A musician and songwriter for over 40 years, he scores much of his own documentary work.
"I can't remember a time when I wasn't writing or playing something, somewhere, for somebody."
Shihan Chris is an active self defense instructor. He teaches and studies self defense techniques and theories from Modern Kenpo, Kenpo-Jiujitsu, Combat Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Kali, Kapap, Judo, and others.
In Kenpo, he holds a 5th degree black belt, and the titles of Shihan and Master Instructor.