Chris Teague’s thriving movie career is due to his vision. Literally.

Teague, AS’02, is a cin­e­matog­ra­pher, also known as a director of pho­tog­raphy, the person in charge of cam­eras and lighting on a film set who, more than anyone else, deter­mines what the lens actu­ally captures.

He’s already had a taste of the big time. Teague served as the director of pho­tog­raphy on the indie film “Chil­dren of Inven­tion, which was selected for the 2009 Sun­dance Film Festival.

Is the Park City, Utah, glam­our­fest all it’s cracked up to be? Yes and no, says Teague: “Sun­dance is a mix. It’s fun and exciting, but also over­whelming. There’s pres­sure to net­work and meet people.”

A cinema studies major at North­eastern, Teague went on to earn an MFA in film at Columbia Uni­ver­sity. He’d minored in pho­tog­raphy at North­eastern, so when his class­mates needed someone to shoot their films, he answered the call, and taught him­self cin­e­matog­raphy shot by shot.

Now Teague wants to stretch him­self as a director. He wrote and directed “Thorndike,” his thesis film, which screened at sev­eral fes­ti­vals and won a New Line Cinema Devel­op­ment Grant. Another project he directed, “Mon­key­wrench,” is the shorter ver­sion of a feature-​​length movie he’s cur­rently working on.

Short films are tough to make, Teague reports. “Shooting a longer film is easier,” he says. “You need time to get momentum. And ‘longer’ means more time to collaborate.

Col­lab­o­ra­tion,” Teague adds, “is what gets me most excited.”