Christophe ivins is an active member of the Visual Effects Society and of the Society of Camera Operators, in which he has served on the Board of Governors. He has worked on visual effects for many studio films, most notably "Titanic", "Avatar" and "Life of Pi", and has also taught compositing. Christophe has shot and operated camera and Steadicam on productions such as the Academy Award winning "West Bank Story" and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah", in locations as far away as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, India, and glaciers of Alaska. ivins has been featured on the cover of the international magazine P3 UPDATE and is a recurring judge at the annual Xanadu Film Festival.
His parents Anthony H. and Dorothy J. ivins, were his first two art instructors, famous for pottery and accomplished at teaching painting and dance. They had Christophe attending college art classes at Chaffey College, California, while he was in elementary school. He was introduced to stop motion filmmaking classes at age seven by a third instructor, his eleven year old brother and visual effects producer/supervisor to be, Anthony "Max" ivins.
Christophe also learned motion picture production from in front of the camera in his early years, when he played various roles including Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the IMAX film "The Great American West". He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Utah and completed certificates in Film, Video and New Media at UCLA Extension, and Expanded Cinematography with Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC at the Global Cinematography Institute. ivins is currently based in Los Angeles.