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.
He started editing solely with 16mm and 35mm film, but once he got in front of an Avid, he never looked back. Working 40-120 hours/week for over 30 years, he grew to be one of the top Avid editors in the world, Co-Chair of an Avid user's group, a moderator on the Avid Communities, 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 now runs Avid's Community Team, helping Avid's customers on forums and social media sites.
But #PostDon'tStop, and neither has his editorial work. Uncommonly easy to work with and fiercely experienced, he has edited hundreds of hours of films, TV shows, training videos, commercials, and digital stories.
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 and the Hamptons International Film Festival. He also helped 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.
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 that ecosystem with those people changed me. Their relentless focus on storytelling was the inspirational punch in the face that every kid my age needed. I was incredibly fortunate, and their storytelling process became my lifelong focus as well."
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.
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 awesome. We were all sitting outside on blankets. Roy and his family were sitting right 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 40-year musician, he scores much of his own documentary work.
"I can't remember a time when I wasn't playing something, somewhere, for somebody."
He is an active martial artist and self-defense instructor, studying hand-to-hand and weapons defense training in Kenpo-Jiujitsu, Krav Maga, Kali, Kapap, Combat jJujitsu, and Judo. He holds a 4th degree black belt in Modern Kenpo.