The Team
Chris Taylor
owner | cinematographer | editor
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Chris began his career shooting an M16 before taking shots as a camera jockey, producing documentaries in the U.S. Marine Corps. As the film-bug started chomping away, he left the military to pursue a less conservative career path in a more creative industry and soon earned his film degree at the Art Institute of Seattle. Influenced heavily by the lighting side of visual storytelling, Chris was brought up through the ranks as a gaffer as well as a cinematographer and editor. Chris has shot several award-winning productions including Fantastic Confabulations, A Man, Buried, Butcher's Dozen and Karma Gettin'.
Lisa van Dam-Bates
producer | production support
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Lisa has always been an avid movie fan. After leaving her position as a writer and editor for the The Austin Cut newspaper, she spent a year writing what would soon become her first feature-length film Marla Mae which she produced, directed and acted in. With her ten years of bartending experience, Lisa found she was exceptionally good at "takin' care of business" in pre-production and loved the fast paced environment of movie set life. Lisa has spent the last few years producing various projects and using her artistry for practical FX and set design.
Monte Taylor
business development consultant
Monte is a serial entrepreneur, author, coach and business consultant and the former CEO of two network marketing companies. He is an experienced marketing executive, developing sales organizations in both the public and private sectors. As a network marketing advocate for nearly 25 years, he's personally built successful teams in the field as an independent distributor. Monte received his master's degree in business administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College and holds aster's level certificates in executive coaching and business coaching.
Jake Waluconis
support crew
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A graduate of Evergreen State College in film/media studies, Jake immediately jumped into the grip/electric side of the local film industry. After his three-week stint on our shoe-string, Olympia-made feature Marla Mae, we unanimously stated, "That's our guy". Soon after, he was decidedly hired onto the Adventus Team.
Billy Miller
support crew
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Billy has worked as a gaffer/grip on feature films, shorts, and commercials since 2017. He also spends much of his work time in live event production. If anyone understands the hustle that's required in this biz, it's Billy, and he's encouraged by learning and being challenged with each day that he walks on set.
Feature Narrative Work
Let's go to the movies...
Here are the feature narrative projects Adventus Films has taken part in, whether in small or large capacity. While we have several SHORT films to our name, you won't see any on this list. For those, please visit our IMDb Listing.

Killing Joke
horror (in post-production)
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A stand-up comedian is stalked by a ruthless murderer just hours before his big, career-making show.

Chris Taylor: Director of Photography, Producer
Lisa van Dam-Bates: Production Designer
Jacob Waluconis: Gaffer
Marla Mae
horror (distributed by High Octane Pictures)
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When a girl gets an IUD implanted by a doctor and distant relative, he commits a deranged act which has deadly implications for those close to her.

Chris Taylor: Director of Photography, Co-Editor, Producer
Lisa van Dam-Bates: Writer, Director, Producer
Jake Waluconis: Gaffer
comedy thriller
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Blinded by the urgency of addiction, two junkies embark on a desperate odyssey to get their next fix.

Chris Taylor: Director of Photography
fantasy horror (released by Freestyle Digital Media)
Available on Amazon
A man haunted by the mysterious death of his 4-year-old sister brings her back to life thirty years later as an adult woman, with dire consequences (Tristan Risk, Dee Wallace).

Chris Taylor: Camera Operator
Better Than Love
dark romance
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A compassionate teenager born on the wrong side of the tracks reluctantly deals drugs in order to escape the suburban ghetto (Andrew Lawrence).

Chris Taylor: Gaffer
Hunting Grounds
horror (released by Uncork'd Entertainment)
Available on Amazon
A father and son arrive at an isolated family cabin for a weekend of hunting and uncover a tribe of Sasquatch that are determined to protect their land. (Bill Oberst Jr.).

Chris Taylor: Gaffer

The Device
sci-fi horror (released by Ruthless Pictures)
Available on Amazon
Two sisters discover a strange object of alien origin.

Chris Taylor: Gaffer

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