The Office of the Director of the Film Department transports students to film heaven
By Lauren Holcomb | Journalist
After working at Baylor for nearly 18 years, Chris Hansen, President of Film and Digital Media, has transformed his office into a home. Filled wall to wall with movie memorabilia and childhood collections, Hansen has made his office a sci-fi lover’s dream.
Located on the first floor of the Castellaw Communications Center, Hansen’s space is home to everything he loves, including souvenirs galore. Each wall houses a different collection. The large bookcase on the right is full of books he has read or hopes to read. In front of these novels and manuals are rows of figurines and PEZ candy dispensers from Marvel movies, Disney classics and Dr. Who characters.
“I’ve had a bunch of PEZs, I mean, some of them go back to when I was a kid. The action figures and the Marvel stuff is all in the last, I’d say, six or seven years that I’ve added that,” Hansen said. “Any kind of movie-related stuff really appeals to me. I’m a film or film teacher and I’ve loved movies all my life. Movies and TV have action figures, and I’ve stuck with Marvel simply because there’s too much else to collect.
Just around the corner is a door with a hanger, which houses Hansen’s many film festival passes and badges. A film producer himself, Hansen has appeared at a handful of film festivals where his own work has screened. Hansen even created five feature films at Baylor.
“I noticed when I got here I had a co-worker who had all the badges on his door and I thought, ‘Oh, that’s cool,'” Hansen said. “A kind of memory of all the places you’ve been.”
Hansen’s desk and the wall behind it are covered in classic Marvel movie props. From Captain America’s shield to Thor’s hammer and Infinity Gauntlet hanging on the wall, to character mugs lined along the edge of his desk and Iron Man accessories, it’s no secret that Hansen is a huge movie fanatic.
“I grew up as a movie buff, had movie-going parents, and my dad took my brother and I to see classic movies and presented national movies all the time,” Hansen said. “So I grew up loving movies and then in college I decided I wanted to make movies and so I went to film school. And that’s [a] long story [of] how I ended up here, but I’ve always loved movies.
The back corner of Hansen’s desk is decorated with framed comic books he’s had since he was a young child. Still in great shape, Hansen decided to feature the classic stories of heroes like Spider-Man, Thor, and Iron Man and added more once the franchise became popular again. In addition to these, there are huge and interesting versions of his favorite movie posters hanging.
“I love unusual movie posters,” Hansen said. “I feel like if you go into a student’s room, they’re going to have, you know, movie posters. And I always thought, yeah, I want my favorite movies. But I want to find an unusual expression of this. Just to be different.
With all the treasured collections and framed memorabilia surrounding it, Hansen said his favorite part of his office is the way it constantly changes over time.
“I spend as much time in my office as in my bed, you know. You spend at least eight hours a day in the office,” Hansen said. “I want this place to be a place where I’m surrounded by things that make me smile or that I’ve enjoyed in the past, so I just surround it with things that I appreciate. And I know some people think it sounds childish to have action figures, but I love them. These are things that have inspired me or that give me joy.