Chris J Mitchell Author

The Motion of Pictures was established by Chris J Mitchell and Martin Boyd, and is based in London, UK.

Chris J Mitchell was born at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, London and grew up in Chingford in North East London.  Since he was young he has had a passion for writing and filmmaking and at school greatly enjoyed writing fictional stories of mystery, intrigue and action.

He graduated from University in Manchester where he studied film and wrote his dissertation on Vaudeville’s influence on early comedic movies, and how great performers such as the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd or Laurel and Hardy brought their comedic craft to the big screen.

He has also written a set of classic Victorian style short ghost stories including, “The Return” and “Taylor Sage.” Along with producing several audio books. Please see his other website for more info on this writing and links to his written work.

Chris and Martin met at a Raindance film course given by the director Simon Hunter.

Since this time they have worked on several different projects. Including screenplays, audio stories, documentaries and short videos. They approach their creative work with the intent to enjoy and develop their filmmaking craft abilities and both greatly enjoy the creative process.

Their main aim is both to practice at this craft, rather than any desire to be famous. Or at least they hope so! If you have any recommendations or constructive feedback for their work or even this website please do drop us a message…

In relation to the name – ‘The Motion of Pictures,’ this is not referring to the illusion of motion that is created when displaying a sequence of images. Although it does draw on this concept – For the motion in pictures suggests something technical. Whereas the Motion of Pictures suggests a creative output, story or emotion and this term was created as a title to cover the work of Chris J Mitchell and Martin Boyd.

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“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”


“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”


“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.”