Chris Portal



Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Waltham, MA
Digital Filmmaking, January 2007 – September 2008

– Camera & Sound, Lighting, Cinematic Storytelling, Documentary Camera & Interviews, Production Sound
– Directing Actors, Intro to Avid, Intro to Final Cut Pro, Post Production Sound, Color Correction, DVD Authoring

PowerUP with Final Cut Studio, Boston, MA
Mastering Final Cut Studio 2, October 2007

– Effects for editors using Final Cut Pro and Motion, mixing projects using Soundtrack Pro, and Color.
– Led by Final Cut expert Larry Jordan.

New York Film Academy, Cambridge, MA
Digital Filmmaking Summer Program at Harvard University, June – July 2005

Director’s Craft, Writing, Final Cut Pro Editing, Hands-On Camera and Lighting, Sound Recording


Video Production Freelance, Offering video production services for the local Boston area
January 2011 – Present: Director, DP, Editor

– Producing promotional videos, mini-documentaries, and profile pieces for local businesses and organizations
– Clients include American Lung Association, Rodale, MSN, fitbie, and Revolution Martial Fitness

ESL Training Program, DVD Series (New American Horizons Foundation)
August 2010 – October 2010: Editor

– Foundation seeking to expand opportunities for immigrants by developing an adult ESL training series.
– Editing 3 of an 8 part DVD series using Final Cut Pro.

Veneer: Exit 18, Documentary Film
September 2010: Director, Director of Photography, Editor

– Short film on a local Boston rock band, documenting the rehearsal and recording session, in support of the release and promotion of their first EP.
– Shot using the Panasonic HVX-200 and Canon 5D Mark II.

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, Promotional Video
August 2009: 2nd Unit Director of Photography

– Multi-media project documenting the stories and photographs of Boston’s African American community. 
– The event was a community engagement event in support of Through a Lens Darkly, a new documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.
– Shot using the Panasonic HVX-200.

Jordan Hospital, Commercial
July 2009: 1st Assistant Cameraman

– Commercial spot highlighting the hospital’s breast cancer center.
– Shot using the Sony EX1 and Letus35 Ultimate adaptor.

First Day, Documentary
March 2009: Director of Photography

– Documentary of Massimo Sammi’s CD recording session.
– Shot using the Panasonic HVX-200.

Bromance, Music Video
January 2009: Director of Photography, Editor

– Corporate music parody celebrating MathWorks 25th anniversary.
– Shot on the Panasonic HVX-200; edited using Final Cut Pro.

White Elephants, Narrative
September 2008: Director, Director of Photography, Editor

– 25-minute short using a Panasonic HVX-200 and Letus35 Extreme adaptor. Edited using Final Cut Pro.
– Official selection of the Boston International Women’s Day Film Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, and Online New England Film Festival.

The Aristocrat, Feature Film (Three Times Production)
May 2008: 2nd Assistant Cameraman

– Responsible for camera setups, managing P2 card workflow, handling camera lens, and HD monitor setups for a feature length film.

What is Change?, Documentary (AmplifyMe)
April 2008: Director, Director of Photography

– 5-minute piece for Project: Think Different (PTD), profiling inner city school children discussing the meaning of “change”.
– Film was broadcast on the Boston Common as part of a voter registration “Get Out and Vote” event.

Geek of All Trades, Documentary
June 2007: Director, Director of Photography, Editor

– Documentary film focused on the various interests of a Boston lawyer.
– Shot using a Panasonic HVX-200; edited using Final Cut Pro.

Pamela, Narrative
June 2005: Director, Director of Photography, Editor

– 10-minute short shot as an MOS style film, emphasizing visual storytelling over dialogue.
– Edited using Final Cut Pro.


Non-Linear Video Editing

  • Final Cut Studio 3


  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Sony EX1
  • Panasonic AG-HVX200
  • Panasonic AG-DVX100
  • Letus35 adapters
  • P+S Technik 35mm adaptor
  • Redrock Micro follow focus
  • Nikon, Cooke, and Canon lenses

Production Sound

  • Sound Mixer
  • Boom Operation
  • Directional Mics
  • Wired/Wireless Lavaliers

Media Formats

  • MiniDV
  • HD
  • P2
  • H.264
  • DVD
  • Web

Post Production

  • Color
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Compressor
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Magic Bullet Looks


  • HTML
  • C++
  • Java
  • Windows & Mac proficiency
  • Fluent in Spanish