Christopher Lloyd — Biography

 

Chris LloydChristopher Lloyd was born and raised in Orlando, Fla., loving movies. During high school, he worked at the same cinema where he saw “Star Wars” as a small boy. Over the course of the summer of 1986 he watched Aliens nearly 100 times, and had all the moments when the audiences’ heads snapped back in surprise timed down to the minute.

After transferring to several different colleges, he set his sights on a career in film journalism. He received a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University, and a M.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Twice he took a year off from school to earn money to continue his education, returning to his old movie theater as a manager. During the second hiatus he also wrote movie reviews for a small Orlando suburban weekly.

Upon graduation from Medill, his first attempt at paid journalism was an article on the film comedies of Adam Sandler for Orlando’s alternative newspaper, which earned a $25 kill fee when they refused to run it.

Lloyd eventually got a position at a small weekly (later daily) newspaper in Lady Lake, Fla., writing mostly political news but making a weekly 3-hour trek down to Orlando for press screenings of new films. This trend continued when he worked for the Star-Banner a few miles north in Ocala, first as a political reporter and later entertainment editor. After 10 years of making the journey to Orlando to review movies, Lloyd still believes he could make the drive blindfolded.

In 2005, he was appointed entertainment editor at The Indianapolis Star, and later became an arts & entertainment reporter, always writing occasional film reviews. In April 2008 he began reviewing movies on a freelance basis for a few client newspapers, chiefly the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. In May 2009, he partnered with Joe Shearer to launch TheFilmYap.com.

Lloyd is currently senior copywriter/editor for an Indianapolis marketing and PR firm, freelancing and blogging on the side. He lives in Carmel with his wife, Jean, son Joel and hyperactive poodle.

Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChristopheLloyd.

You can reach Chris at chris@thefilmyap.com.