Chris Staehler - Director

Chris wrote, directed, and supervised visual effects on The Beacon. Drawn to the power of storytelling through film, Chris took up experimenting with visual effects to help tell his tales. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics from Purdue University before making his way to Los Angeles’s film industry, where he’s worked as compositor, matte painter, previsualization supervisor, and visual effects supervisor. Outside of his short film work, Chris is currently a Previsualization Supervisor at Pixomondo, where he has worked on franchises such as Call of Duty, Independence Day, and The Purge in both a previz and compositor capacity.

Chris Purdy - Director of Photography

Whether it’s commercial, narrative, or experimental, Chris always strives to discover the soul of a story, and to develop a unique language of cinematic images that articulate the Director's vision.

Though he is at home shooting on 35mm and 16mm film or any digital format, the tools are not as exciting as the story being told. Although knowing the latest technology is an important and enjoyable part of the craft, Chris aims for simplicity whenever possible.

Raised in the Midwest, Chris began shooting at a young age. After getting a BA in Film Studies from Purdue University, he went on to complete his MFA in Cinematography at Chapman University. He is based in Los Angeles, but travels often for work and adventure.






Co-Producer/ Location manager

Executive Producer


1st Assitant Director

2nd Assistant Director

Director of Photography

1st AC

2nd AC

Digital Imaging Technician

Hair & Make-up Artist

Rigging Gaffer


Best Boy Electric


Key Grip

Best Boy Grip

Rigging Key Grip

Dolly Grip


VFX Supervisor

VFX Producer

3D Modelers




Matte Painters

Conform /Colorist

Chris Staehler

Chris Staehler

David Quandt

John Marsaglia

Chris Purdy

Anthony Cabrera

Thomas Haley-Hermiz

Chris Staehler

Will Kioultzopoulos

Phil Aleman

Chris Purdy

Trevor Roach

Jiyoon Kim

J. Cooper Arbios

Hansjeet Duggal

Kelly Andrews

Nick Ramsey

Stephen Ho

Dustin Lawyer

Andrew Pearson

Kevin Ramirez

Monty Sloan

Cheng Song

Justin Moore

Same Hecker

Harris Smith

Joey Luu

Chris Staehler

Chris Purdy

Dan Scruggs

Andrew Bangel

Omar Hesham

Chris Staehler

Chris Purdy

Will Kioultzopoulos

Chris Staehler

Brian LeFrance

Jason Pethtel

Chris Purdy