Christopher M. Oben
Christopher M. Oben - Cinematographer


Cinematography is so much about instinct and intuition - you want the same range of experience going into behind the camera as what you see in front of it. Your life experience will come through the lens.
— Rachel Morrison

Awards -
2018 Leo award nominee - Best Cinematography in Youth Series

2019 Leo award nominee - Best Cinematography in Short Doc

Professional associations -

IATSE 669 ( 2000)

Canadian Society of Cinematographers -

Assoc. Member (2000)

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Chris Oben understands the concept of ‘confidence and command’. He embraces the role of leader of the camera department bringing over 25 years of hands on experience to set. Chris has that all-in attitude and lives for the adrenaline of landing the perfect shot or capturing a transcendent moment. His experience includes feature films, narrative television, commercials, and music videos. Chris' technical mastery, creativity and leadership have allowed him to benefit crews both locally and internationally, having worked as far abroad as Peru, Spain, Mongolia, Japan, South Africa and India. His work is also seen internationally and includes projects for major studios and broadcasters including: Disney - Touchstone, Warner Bros., Discovery, OLN, NetFlix, Fox, and more. 

Chris has embraced the opportunity to frame and light many accomplished actors including Jeff Bridges, Jackie Chan, Russel Crowe, Tommy Flanagan, Gillian Anderson, Amy Adams and many others.

As methods of electronic communication rapidly develop, Chris has stayed at the forefront of his field by continuously upgrading his experience level and skills to include new media formats as they emerge. Chris offers experience and understanding in creating outstanding material whether it's intended for a smart phone browser or a 50’ IMAX 3D theatre. Chris is a longtime member in good standing of IATSE 669.

Chris has fostered a loyal and dedicated team who each pride themselves in consistently delivering a professional performance. On his journey Chris has led crews of every size from a two person docu team for Discovery Channel to the 50 person second unit of Disney’s Tron: Legacy 3D. Above all Chris understands the importance of the DP’s relationship with the director and the director’s vision of the project. It is Chris’ fierce defence of this relationship that keeps him in demand.