Portsmouth, Virginia native Chris Abaya is a writer, director, editor and producer.  He has been creating films and videos since 2005.


In 2008, Chris started working for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Shipyard Instructional Design Center (SIDC) as a videographer.  He produced training, marketing and promotional videos for the naval shipyards throughout the country and for the Navy Exchange Service Command.


In 2016, Chris became the Director of SIDC and was responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the entire division.  He supervised 17 employees including 5 Audiovisual Production Specialists, 6 Visual Information Specialists and 3 Instructional Systems Designers/Training Specialists.  Chris was also fiscally responsible for a yearly budget of over a million dollars on average from various funding lines within the DoD.


Chris’s recent accomplishments include the 2017 Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award for the training video “Team of Winners,” where he served as writer, director, producer and editor.  In March, 2018 he screened several of his short films at the luxurious Main hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.  Chris recently completed production on “Team of Winners II.”

In 2019, Chris transitioned to the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), where he became thier first official, full-time Audiovisual Production Specialist.


Chris has written and directed several short films including Heartless, Leverage, Red Band and Shadow Valley, Mr. Pennywhipple, Casing, Petty and more.  



Film & Video Production:

Software - Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office

Hardware - Apple Macintosh computers, Windows computers

Cameras - Various digital video cameras including Canon,

Sony, Panasonic and more



Creative Writing

Project Management

Directing Actors (professional & non-professional)

Audio Recording, Equalizing, Mixing & Editing

Foley & Sound Design

Technical Writing - Ability to gather information from SME

and effectively format and organize into appealing,

step by step visual instructions.


Management & Leadership:

Foundations of Leadership

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Learning Organization 101

1st Level Supervisor training 

2nd Level Supervisor training