Chris Chanda is a freelance cameraman specializing in aerial cinematography with an extensive range of experience in Gyrostabilized camera mounts. Prior to going freelance in 2004, Chris was employed for ten years by Wescam, (now L3-Wescam Communications), a Burlington, Ontario based engineering firm specializing in the design and manufacture of stabilized camera systems. His first three years with the company was spent with the Sales and Demonstration team, followed by seven years of camera operation with such diverse customers as the US Navy, Johns Hopkins University, major US television networks, Olympic Broadcasting Organizations and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
A strong background with Aerial Camera mounts has allowed Chris to work with a variety of equipment suppliers including Pictorvision, Gyron and Cineflex. This diversity ensures that production has the right personnel and the right tools for the job.
"I truly enjoy the career I've chosen and am fortunate to have reached a point where my experience can provide producers with the assurance that their aerial requirements can realistically be met, and often go beyond their expectations."
In 2003 and again in 2012 he was the recipient of a Sports Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Camera Work for his part in filming the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. A third Sports Emmy® was awarded to Chris for the category Outstanding Technical Team Remote for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Chris is a native of Southern Ontario. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1992. Chris met his wife Patty while attending university and the two now share their lives with their sons Ethan & William, and daughters Ryan & Evelyn in Burlington.