Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Owner at Island Grill Productions LLC
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Filmmaker, Production Coordinator, Line Producer and Unit Production Manager

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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May 2015
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About Chris

I have been in film/video production for over 25 years. An Award winning documentary and short film producer who loves telling stories. My production career started accidentally. In January, 1986 I was in the weight room for off-season workouts. You see I played football at the University of Oklahoma. Well, sort of. I was on the team, suited up for all the games, but I was really a blocking dummy holder. And sometimes I was even the blocking dummy! Back to that glorious, cold day in January of 1986. The #1 Running Rebels of UNLV came to town to take on #10 ranked Sooners in basketball. A huge blizzard had blown in and half the CBS crew could not arrive. So a couple of CBS producers came into the weight room looking for cable pullers and grips. Being one to never take on a new challenge I headed to the basketball arena. The moment I stepped into the CBS MPU I was hooked, and I never looked back.
Not long after my blocking dummy holding career ended I headed for the sunny confines of Gainesville, Florida, where I was a videographer/editor/sports segment producer for WCJB TV 20. It was here in which I learned the story was everything. It’s the story you use to write your script, design the set, create your shot, edit your final product. This goes for everything from live productions to scripted features. Not ling after arriving in Gainesville I was able to work as a camera assistant on the Ron Howard production of “Parenthood”. Working and watching the cinematographer David McAlpne work was both helpful and amazing.
Over the years I have worked in production with all the sports networks, National Geographic, “Nature’s Rage”, History Channel, “History vs. Hollywood”, “Save our History”, “Tales of the Gun”, as well as CNN, Disney Networks, Fox News and MSNBC.
I created the start-up production company, “Island Grill Productions” in 2009. Our first production was the pilot for “Gameday with Rex and Kevo”. While my early career was in sports broadcast productions, I entered the world of documentaries in 2006 when I produced "Anatomy of Fraud”. In 2008 I directed the second installment of "Anatomy of a Fraud”. Both productions earned several awards and aired on PBS.
In 2010 I received my first line producer credit on the project “Road to Nowhere”. My second credit as a director came in 2013 with the award-winning documentary, “Pride: Recreating and old town bank”. On this project I was also the cinematographer and editor. In 2015 I created, produced and directed the drama, “American Con: The Meeting”. This half hour program aired nationwide on PBS and starred Rex Linn, James Carroll and Mark Adam Goff.

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