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Producer, Angel Wars series (Guardian Force 1 & Guardian Force Episode 2)
Youth pastor at small urban church in Los Angeles
Attended Regent University School of Communication with an emphasis in Animation
B.A., Univ. of California Santa Barbara, Political Science
Married to Jamie; 3 kids: Kira, 10; Cameron, 7; Caleb 4
WHERE WAS SUPERMAN?
Chris was born in Sydney, Australia. By the time he was 6 years old, his parents (Dad was not a Christian) decided to move to Los Angeles. His mom, who was a Christian, believed it would be a good move for the family and hoped Chris’ dad would get saved. Instead, when Chris was 10 years old, his dad left the family and moved back to Australia. Chris’ mom was left alone to raise him and his sister, Rachal, then 8. Due to tight finances, the family had to move from their Bel Air home to a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Sherman Oaks. One day, the Waters’ attended a church family camp where Chris’ mom met a man named Tudor. Tudor introduced himself to Chris during a game of ping pong. “I thought he was the greatest guy,” says Chris. “I thought he would make a great dad.” Later, Tudor married Chris’ mom and they’ve been married for over 17 years.
After Chris graduated from college, he moved with his wife, Jamie and their children, to Virginia Beach to attend Regent University. While working on his Master’s, Chris and Tudor came up with the idea for Angel Wars after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. Chris heard a story of a boy who in the aftermath of the tragedy asked his mother, “Where was Superman?” Those tragedies were the affirmation of what Chris wanted to do with Angel Wars. Chris says, “I realized there was a whole generation of kids who didn’t understand salvation and who didn’t know salvation was available to them. They need to know they can participate in the real battle – the spiritual battle we face every day, without having to walk in fear.”
ANGELS ON A MISSION
With an increasing number of young boys growing up without fathers today, Chris believes superheroes are popular for a reason. “They fill a void,” says Chris. “This age group (of 6 to 11 years old) resonates with me,” says Chris. “We’re looking for a savior, and we’re looking for something outside of ourselves to save us from ourselves.” Angel Wars Guardian Force 1 and 2 are out with 3 being released around Easter 2006. The animated series includes an epic, animated, supernatural adventure of angels battling fallen spirits. In Guardian Force, Eli and Kira, two junior members of Guardian Force, must grow up in a hurry when their first mission to earth takes a detour, pitting them against a deadly foe, Morg. In “Episode 2,” each of the Guardians are attending their assignments but are drawn together to stop Morg before earth is forever changed. Music featured in the series includes songs by Kutless, TobyMac, Grits, etc.
Tweens are usually in a hurry to grow up. They are still children but are teen wannabes. They are too young to have an income but usually have an allowance to spend, or parents and/or grandparents who will spend money on their needs. Typically by the time a boy is eight years old, he begins losing interest in toys like action figures and gravitates towards electronics and video games. (For girls, it’s Barbies.) In previous years, it was age 12. Psychologists call this tendency to abandon playing with traditional toys at a faster pace than previous generations “age compression” or “kids getting older younger” (KGOY). Tween boys want products that have an electronic, internet, video or sports component. They want to see lights, camera, action, power and movement. Expect to see tween boys in the electronic section of department stores playing with video game consoles such as X-box, Gameboy or PlayStation. Chris focused his Angel Wars series specifically on tween boys because of what he went through as a young boy and the pain he experienced growing up without a father.
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