Michael Chaves (director)

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Michael Chaves
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Chaves at South by Southwest 2019
Visual effects artist
Executive producer
Years active2009–present
Notable work
Chase Champion
The Curse of La Llorona
The Conjuring 3

Michael Chaves is an American film director, writer, visual effects artist, editor, and executive producer best known for his work on Chase Champion[1] and The Curse of La Llorona.[2]


He started directed several short films including The Maiden, which won the Best Super Short Horror Film Award at Shriekfest 2016.[3] He also created the television series Chase Champion, and directed all of the episodes.[4][5][1] He is transitioning to feature-length filmmaking with horror films The Curse of La Llorona[2][6] and the upcoming The Conjuring 3,[7] both produced by James Wan, which are the sixth and eighth installments of the Conjuring Universe, respectively. He is also signed on to direct another horror film, The Reckoning, for Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller, and Andrew Form, under Platinum Dunes, with a script written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan.[8]


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer Editor Visual effects
2009 Worst Date Ever Yes No No Yes No Short film(s)
2010 Regen Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2014 Massacre Lake No No No No Yes
Make Note of Every Sound Yes No No No No
2016 The Maiden Yes Yes Executive No No
2019 The Curse of La Llorona Yes No No No No Feature film directorial debut
2020 The Conjuring 3[7] Yes No No No No


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Visual effects
2010 The Guild No No Yes Web series;
credited on 2 episodes
2015 Chase Champion Yes Yes No Web miniseries;
credited on 11 episodes

Music video(s)[edit]

Title Year Performing artist Director Ref.
Bury a Friend 2019 Billie Eilish Yes [9]


  1. ^ a b DeSimone, Evan (August 5, 2014). "Nickelodeon Rolls Out its First Digital Only Show". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Barkan, Jonathan (October 9, 2017). "Linda Cardellini to Take on The Children in James Wan-Produced Feature". Dread Central. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Shriekfest 2016 Winners". Shriekfest. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nickelodeon Launches Nick.com Unique Horizontal Layout Edge to Edge". Business Wire. August 4, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Utermohlem, Karl (August 4, 2014). "Welcome to the Wayne: Nickelodeon Debuts First Online-Only Show". Investor Place. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Navarro, Meagan (March 16, 2019). "'The Curse of La Llorona' Scares Up Its Own Space in 'The Conjuring' Universe". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Kit, Borys (October 3, 2018). "'The Conjuring 3' Finds Director With 'Curse of La Llorona' Filmmaker (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 25, 2016). "Paramount and Platinum Dunes Hire the Writers of Saw IV for Upcoming Project". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Billie Eilish - bury a friend". YouTube. January 30, 2019.

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