Christopher Scott Bates

November 4, 1968June 1, 2013

After a long fought battle with esophageal cancer, Christopher Scott Bates passed on June 1st. 2013. Christopher was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on November 4th, 1968. The world has not been the same since. He lived his early years in the southeast before finally landing at home in Thousand Oaks. His love for baseball and soccer was immense and he played both while attending Madrona Elementary and Redwood Middle. Ultimately deciding that baseball was his thing, he played 3rd base for Thousand Oaks High School while making friends that would last a lifetime. He graduated in 1987 and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but decided to play college ball at San Louis Obispo. Because of unforeseen injuries, baseball came to an end and his other dream of story telling led him to California State Long Beach. There, he pursued a degree in film. He spent the next 18 years of his life hitting home runs and having strikeouts in the Entertainment industry. Travelling the world from China to Brazil, he shot over 25 studio and independent feature films and a short he could call his own. Chris had experience from development through post-production. In the early days, Chris started work for Filmwerks making action movies in locations all over the world; From 2003-2007, Chris was part of the co-founding management of "MeSoft", a Media Services company that specialized in securely transferring media worldwide for Hollywood Studios and Production Entities. Recently, Chris prepped "Man of Tai Chi" being directed by Keanu Reeves; and completed the feature film "Man with the Iron Fists" for Universal Pictures, directed by RZA from WuTang Clan. Additionally, the team at Maxmedia has been involved in production, acquisition, and distribution of films from all over the world. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to The Cancer Support Community Valley Ventura Santa Barbara, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, CA, 91361, in memory of Christopher. Or you may make a donation online at “The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” –T.S. Elliot


  • Graveside Service Sunday, June 9, 2013

Christopher Scott Bates

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John Constantine

June 29, 2013

Chris, you are one qulaity individual, I will never forget you brother! Thank you for teaching me how to play poker and all the awesome games.. You will be missed my friend. I know if there's a heaven you are there, pain free and experiencing ultimate peace and happiness.

Kara Robinson

June 9, 2013

You taught me how to drive a stick shift. In an M3.

Tina Kerr

June 8, 2013

I am so saddened that we have lost you Chris. Although we only knew each other briefly during our work together on "A Night In Old Mexico", you will be forever remembered. To your family & friends I send condolences, prayers and strength during this difficult time. Thank you for everything Chris. It was a real pleasure.

Patti Gillespie

June 8, 2013

Remembering our fun hike at Runyon Canyon. It felt so good that we almost did it again! You spoke of your dreams over looking the Hollywood sign. That is the day that will live on in my heart. My prayers go out to your special family that you loved so much. Miss you... CB
Patti (Mesoft & beyond)

Sue Koehler

June 7, 2013

This should not be happening, your smile will be so would light up a whole room. We always wanted you to be happy, the fact that you LOVED what you did was so GREAT!!! I wish we could have just one more big HUG. We have always loved you and considered you part of the family. I know you are watching all of this ..know you will be missed.....alot!! Sue and Gary Koehler

Kathy Koehler

June 7, 2013

C Bates,
I miss you. I have to let you know that this has hit me quite hard. We grew up together in were like a younger 'extended family' brother. Through the years, I would hear every now and again that you were in the film business and plugging along quite happily. Here is a big hug and high go take that Producer's Chair in the sky and enjoy the ride! Until we meet again ...

Michael Pena

June 6, 2013

I know it was just a short time that we worked together on the film A night in Old Mexico, but it was an experience I would never forget. You are a part of that memory. I know I'll never get to say this to you in person, since you are now home with God, but I just wanted you know that in the end I came to respect you as a person and a teacher for the film industry. Learning that you are very sincere and passionate person in everything you do, regardless in how tired you were. You showed me that regardless of circumstance you need to work hard and understand that things happen but we need to move forward. Thank you for just being an overall good person, which is so rare to find in this world today.Thank you for everything and the opportunities you gave me. God bless Chris

Carlos Gras

June 6, 2013

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow

Nina Garcia

June 6, 2013


June 5, 2013

My regret is not getting to know him as an adult. What great memories I have from 1973 when your family shared your home with my mother and I. My condolences to all of you.My love, Judy Monteith