WHO: Charles Pieper, Artist/Animator/Filmmaker
FAVORITE HORROR FILMS:
“An American Werewolf in London”
Some people are born with horror in their blood and monsters on their mind. Charles Pieper, filmmaker, artist and animator, is one of those people.
“I got into horror at an extremely young age and had parents odd enough to let me watch the movies,” Pieper recalled. “I saw ‘An American Werewolf in London’ when I was six years old and it kind of warped my mind.” And looking at Pieper’s work now, you can tell he wasn’t kidding. Even today he frequently sketches classic horror icons simply for his own enjoyment.
Growing up with this love for horror, Pieper eventually became interested in what went on behind the scenes, specifically the creation of the movie monsters and gore. “My parents were initially freaked out and me as a little kid, I’d be explaining how the special effects were done…as a kid my favorite special effects artist was Tom Savini…when I was in first grade I actually met Tom Savini because I went to Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors convention with my parents…I really liked Savini.”
You can see Savini’s influence in Pieper’s work, which is often gory and full of monsters. But art and animation is only part of Piepers talent. He also writes and directs his own unique brand of horror films. “I kind of waffle back and forth between really goofy weird stuff and intensely dark. I’m kind of drawn to both ends of the spectrum,” Pieper said, in regards to his films.
Pieper is currently working on multiple film projects and music videos. More information and his film portfolio can be viewed on his official website.