Chris Innis

Christina Jean "Chris" Innis is an American film editor and filmmaker.[1] She was awarded the 2010 Academy Award, BAFTA, and ACE awards for "Best Film Editing" on the film The Hurt Locker shared with co-editor, Bob Murawski. She is an elected member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) and has served as an associate director on the board.[2][3][4]

Chris Innis
Christina Jean Innis

Other namesChris Innis
OccupationFilm editor
Spouse(s)Bob Murawski (2008–present)

Early life

Innis was born and raised in San Diego, California, the daughter of architect Donald Innis and his wife, teacher and floral designer Virginia.[5]

Chris Innis moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she graduated from U.C. Berkeley, majoring in film studies. While a student at Cal Berkeley, Innis interned for several San Francisco production companies, including the commercial company owned and operated by cinematographer Ron Eveslage.[6]

Career highlights

Innis completed post-graduate film studies at The California Institute of the Arts and received a MFA degree in filmmaking. During this time, Innis edited music videos featuring rappers Ice Cube, Onyx and DMX, as well as edited the first music video for the band Fine Industrial is Dead directed by Jordan Scott (daughter of notable film director Ridley Scott). Innis also directed and/or produced almost two dozen karaoke videos of hits for Japanese firm Pioneer Electronics.[7]

After a move to Hollywood, Innis worked as the production coordinator on the first season of the long-running hit television series American's Funniest Home Videos. She later worked her way up in post-production alongside film editor, Pietro Scalia, who she assisted on the Academy Award-winning Oliver Stone film JFK.[8] Innis and Scalia worked for six years together on a variety of films including Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane, Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead, White Man's Burden starring John Travolta, and Sam Raimi's cult horror TV pilot American Gothic.[1]

Innis progressed as a music editor and film editor for Sam Raimi (film director best known for The Evil Dead and the successful original Spider-Man films).[6][9][10] Innis was hired by Raimi for the job of lead editor on the CBS/Universal TV horror series American Gothic. Innis has since edited several films including 2010's Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, which won six Academy Awards including best editing.[1]

Innis has worked as a producer, writer, and editor with Bob Murawski for the distribution of cult films for Grindhouse Releasing and Box Office Spectaculars.[11][12][13][14][15] She has also worked on the digital restorations of The Big Gundown and The Swimmer.[6] She wrote, produced, directed and edited a 2-1/2 hour, five-part documentary The Story of the Swimmer featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew of the 1968 film The Swimmer including Joan Rivers, Janet Landgard, Marge Champion, Burt Lancaster's daughter Joanna Lancaster, producer Michael Hertzberg and former film executive Ted Zachary (New Line Cinema). The documentary has been called "miraculous... never a dull moment", "a fascinating Hollywood story" which is "impressive...and should be in the running for Best (Blu-ray) Feature of the year".[16][17][18]

Chris Innis appears in the documentary 78/52 directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, a post-modern breakdown of the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.[19]

Personal life

Since 2008, Innis has been married to fellow film editor and film distributor Bob Murawski. The two were first introduced to one another by Sam Raimi and met while both were editing American Gothic.[20] The couple married shortly after completing work on The Hurt Locker. Her sister is Bay Area artist Cynthia Ona Innis.[6]

Selected filmography

Title Position Other Personnel Notes
JFK Apprentice Editor Director Oliver Stone Team received Academy Award/BAFTA/ACE "Best Editing"
Indecent Proposal Apprentice Editor Director Adrian Lyne
Dead Beat First Assistant Editor
The Quick and the Dead First Assistant Editor Director Sam Raimi
American Gothic TV Pilot Associate Editor Executive Producer Sam Raimi
American Gothic TV Series Editor Executive Producer Sam Raimi
G.I. Jane Associate Editor Director Ridley Scott
The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes (aka X-Treme Teens) Editor Director Jeff Burr
The Gift Music Editor Director Sam Raimi
Spider-Man Music Editor Director Sam Raimi
Straight Into Darkness Consulting Editor Director Jeff Burr
The Hurt Locker Editor (with Bob Murawski) Director Kathryn Bigelow Academy Award/BAFTA/ACE "Best Editing," "Best Picture"
Gone with the Pope Associate Producer
The Big Gundown Producer (Blu-ray/DVD restoration/release)
The Swimmer Producer (Blu-ray/DVD restoration/release)
The Story of the Swimmer
(feature documentary)
Writer/Director/Producer/Editor 2-1/2 hour, five-part documentary on the making of The Swimmer
It Must be Nice Editor/Director/Producer Short film

Awards and nominations

  • The Swimmer – (Won) – The 2014 International Press Academy's Satellite Award
    Outstanding Overall Blu-ray/DVD (producer /Grindhouse Releasing)[21]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – 2010 Academy Award – Best Film Editing[22]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – 2010 BAFTA – Best Film Editing[23]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – 2010 ACE Eddie Award – Best Film Editing[24]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – The Online Film Critics Society – Best Film Editing[25]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – The Las Vegas Film Critics Association – Best Film Editing[26]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – Boston Society of Film CriticsBest Film Editing[27]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – The International Press Academy's Golden Satellite AwardBest Film Editing[28][29]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Won) – International Cinephile Society Award – Best Editing[30]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Nominated) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association Critic's Choice Awards – Best Film Editing[31]
  • The Hurt Locker – (Nominated) – Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Outstanding Editing – Feature Film[32][33]

See also

  • List of Academy Award winning couples


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  11. "Cannibal Holocaust" 25th Anniveray Edition review, by Jari Kovalainen, January 1, 2006
  12. IMDB Bob Murawski bio
  13. DVD Maniacs Review "Cannibal Holocaust" 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition
  14. AV Maniacs Grindhouse's David Szulkin on release of "Cat in the Brain", March 25, 2009
    • Also see DVD credits for Grindhouse Releasing & BOS DVD releases of Cat in the Brain, Pieces, Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, I Drink Your Blood
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