Chris Landreth started his adult life as a mechanical engineer, until he decided in 1990 that doing animation would be much more fun. Shortly after this he joined Alias Inc. (now Autodesk), where he created two CG-animated short films, the end (1995) and Bingo (1998). Both films explored storytelling based on human psychology as much as photorealistic character animation. He calls this approach “psychorealism”.
Chris continued this approach in his animated documentary Ryan in 2004, produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Copperheart Animation. Ryan received over 60 international awards, including an Academy Award in 2005. Chris then created The Spine (2009), a story of a troubled marriage and the dark, absurd and messy paradoxes of codependency.Chris's latest film is Subconscious Password, a psychological exploration of how we remember the names of old friends. Subconscious Password premiered at the Annecy International Animation Festival, where it was awarded the Festival's grand prize, the Annecy Crystal, for Best Short Film.In addition to filmmaking, Chris teaches Making Faces, an intensive course on Facial Animation, to schools, universities and animation studios worldwide.