Robert Vornkahl

Robert Vornkahl

Director, director of photography and editor in Los Angeles, California

About Robert

Robert was born in White Plains, NY but raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University where he was the School of Communications Film Student of Year and winner of Best in Show and Best Cinematography for his Thesis Film Ellipsis. He also served as the Hofstra Filmmaker’s Club President for 2 years, which collectively produced over 40 Short Films.
He has been living and working in NYC for a decade as a freelance DP/Director, Gaffer and Lighting Technician, most recently serving as the Lighting Director for Food Network’s #1 rated show, Chopped. He has also acquired experience in each department. He has worked in leadership and apprenticeship capacities on several short and commercial projects, allowing him to now work as a director closely with his crew in many of the technical and artistic aspects of their jobs.
Robert has shot and directed numerous Music Videos for Altercation Records, which have amassed over 100,000 views on Youtube. He has also been the Director of Photography for episodes of the Myspace and Youtube sensation We Need Girlfriends web-series with over 500,000 views. While continuing to work in NYC, Robert directed a short film Frank and Barry, which went on to win Best Visual Effects at the NYC Indie Filmmaker’s Festival.
Robert recently completed his feature film directorial debut Completely Normal, which is currently enjoying a tremendous reception on the festival circuit. So far it has won four Best Feature awards and a host of other awards, such as Best Ensemble Cast and Best Cinematography, as well as garnering many other nominations, including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.


Name: Robert Vornkahl

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Director, Director of Photography, Editor and Lighting Designer

Awards

  • Best Feature Film Metropolitan Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Best Comedy Chain Theater Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Best Romantic Comedy Indie Gathering
    (2015)

  • Best Narrative Feature Film Kingston Film Festival
    (2015)

Projects

  • Completely Normal

    Completely Normal (2015)
    Film by G. Robert Vornkahl (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Producer, Director, Writer An awkwardly dark, romantic comedy set in Queens, New York. The film follows two very strange people. Greg, a hopelessly awkward romantic who takes things a bit too far in his mind and in real life, he could be described by some (perhaps all) as a stalker. Gwen, is a young woman trying to survive in New York City as a cleaning woman. Her personality disorder leaves it hard to accomplish most things, or even consider a love life. Greg spots Gwen on the subway and is immediately smitten. Gwen doesn't realize it yet, but she has a very secret admirer.

  • Damnation: The Flashback

    Damnation: The Flashback (2015)
    Film (short) by Reno Dakota (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department In the swinging Appalachian town of Damnation, when the local mortician dies in the arms of 'the other woman', his widow enacts a simple but satisfying revenge.

  • Live from New York!

    Live from New York! (2015)
    Film by Bao Nguyen (Documentary, Biography, Comedy and News) Camera and Electrical Department "Saturday Night Live" has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for 40 years. Live From New York! goes deep inside this cultural phenomenon exploring the laughter that pulses through American politics, tragedy and popular culture.

  • Project Runway All Stars

    Project Runway All Stars (2015)
    Television (Game-Show and Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department Past designers come back to compete for another chance to be the winner of Project Runway.

  • The Eve

    The Eve (2015)
    Film by Ritchie Steven Filippi (Horror and Thriller) Producer Friends head off to the remote island of Martha's Vineyard to celebrate New Year's Eve and reconnect. As tensions rise, an unforeseen presence halts celebrations and instead turns their holiday into a fight to live through to the new year.

  • Affluenza

    Affluenza (2014)
    Film by Kevin Asch (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Suburbia, 2008. Swept up in a heady pre-recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, aspiring photographer Fisher Miller escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young, beautiful elite. With a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera, he gains access to his gorgeous cousin Kate's circle of wealthy and indulged friends, just as their entitled reality is about to spin out of control. A revealing take on the hidden perils of privilege. Written by Lookbook

  • Blood Sweat and Heels

    Blood Sweat and Heels (2014)
    Television (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department A TV show that follows a group of up-and-coming movers and shakers in New York's elite circles of real estate, fashion, and media. The all-female cast includes former "video vixen" turned realtor Melyssa Ford, real estate partner Brie Bythewood, modeling agency owner Mica Hughes, affordable-style expert Daisy Lewellyn, A Belle in Brooklyn blogger and author Demetria Lucas, and style and pop culture journalist Geneva S. Thomas. From Harlem to Brooklyn, life in the big city often resembles a small town when the women cross paths in their personal and professional lives. The self-starters built their reputations and successes without the help of a man, but they never underestimate the power of a girlfriend's support. These independent ladies are aggressive in their pursuit of personal and career goals, but will the cost of success prove too steep as they climb their way to the top? Written by Bravo!

  • Monica's Mixing Bowl

    Monica's Mixing Bowl (2013)
    Television Camera and Electrical Department, Cinematographer

  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell

    Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2013)
    Television by Chuck Sklar (Comedy and Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department Series will focus on politics, pop culture, race, religion, media and sex.

  • Raptured

    Raptured (2013)
    TV Movie by Rob Alicea (Sci-Fi) Cinematographer, Editor

  • Bar Karma

    Bar Karma (2011)
    Television (Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department There's a place called Bar Karma in between dimensions. When a lost soul needs guidance, they happen to stumble upon it and learn where the critical choices they've made in life are taking them and how to change things for the better.

  • Sweet Sweet Baby

    Sweet Sweet Baby (2010)
    Film (short) by Susan Hunt (Crime, Drama and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department, Producer A love story about the memories between a nurse and her catatonic husband, and the night an old friend stops by for a visit.

  • Frank and Barry

    Frank and Barry (2010)
    Film (short) by G. Robert Vornkahl (Comedy and Horror) Producer, Director, Visual effects

  • Great Adventure

    Great Adventure (2009)
    Film (short) by Kieran Valla (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department, Cinematographer, Producer Jeremy attempts to restore the distanced relationship with his ten year old son Benjamin on their trip to a New England pumpkin patch.

  • The Messenger

    The Messenger (2009)
    Film by Oren Moverman (Drama, Romance and War) Camera and Electrical Department While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, ... Written by Huggo

  • All That You Love

    All That You Love (2008)
    Film (short) by Natalie Mooallem (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Style High

    Style High (2008)
    TV Movie by Zach Nial (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department

  • The Heart Is a Hidden Camera

    The Heart Is a Hidden Camera (2008)
    Film (short) by Gabriel Judet-Weinshel (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department In this magic realist short about remaining emotionally vulnerable amid the ravages of the 21st Century, a young boy discovers at an early age that his heart is a camera, capable of capturing the beauty and horror of the world around him.

  • City of the Real

    City of the Real (2008)
    Film (short) by Jeff Billings (Sci-Fi) Cinematographer

  • We Need Girlfriends

    We Need Girlfriends (2006 - 2007)
    Television (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department, Cinematographer, Sound department "We Need Girlfriends" chronicles the adventures of Tom, Henry and Rod, recent college graduates struggling to understand the complex world of the New York City dating scene after all three are simultaneously dumped by their long-term college girlfriends. Written by Angel Acevedo

  • Ellipsis

    Ellipsis (2007)
    Film (short) by G. Robert Vornkahl (Drama and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer, Producer, Director, Writer, Visual effects, Editor Dr. David Jones, has been selected to fly the first commercial space flight in the year 2015. Drifting in and out of his thoughts, his mind wanders to thinking about his wife Alice back on earth. But when a malfunction with his space ship occurs David hopes to finish his mission and get back to his wife, and complete the Ellipsis of his memories. Written by Anonymous

  • Man in the Basement

    Man in the Basement (2005)
    Film (short) by Ritchie Steven Filippi (Horror) Visual effects, Art director A young nerd, Simon (Kieran Valla), is murdered by his wife's lover and left in pieces in the basement as they take a break from disposing of the body for some nightly television. But where there is a will, there is a way and Simon's spirit is able to will his body into picking up a knife and slaughtering them. Written by Ritchie Steven

  • Without a Clue

    Without a Clue (2005)
    Film (short) by Brian Amyot (Comedy and Mystery) Miscellaneous Crew, Art director

  • Enjoy the Show

    Enjoy the Show (2005)
    Film (short) by Jess King (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew A young girl gets her first job at an independent movie theater art house, where she soon discovers that the job holds more for her than expected. When she finally snaps on a particularly annoying customer, she learns that every job has its drawbacks, but the experiences and the friendships she makes make it all worthwhile. Written by Anonymous

  • The Paw

    The Paw (2005)
    Film (short) by Ritchie Steven Filippi (Crime) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 'The Paw' is a modern film noir that follows Clint Powers, a square jawed detective, as he hunts down the murderer of a wealthy collector and attempts to locate a valuable missing piece from the victim's collection; a mummified monkey's paw. Written by Utopian Productions

  • Cheesecake

    Cheesecake (2004)
    Film (short) by Angel L. Acevedo III (Comedy) Sound department, Art department Amy and Carrie are total opposite of roommates. Amy is a bit uptight and neurotic. Carrie is a slacker who usually forgets what time she works the next day. Amy doesn't like confrontation, so she usually lets Carrie get away with her bad habits. After a wild night of partying hosted by Carrie, Amy awakens to find the apartment trashed with Carrie stoned and hungover on the couch. And to top it off, Amy's homemade cheesecake, has been eaten by Carrie. Amy, unable to contain her frustration any longer, acts on instinct and kills Carrie. She cleans up the murder scene and puts the body in the bathtub. For the first time in a long time, Amy is much calmer now that her roommate from hell is out of the picture. That night, Amy has a dinner date in her apartment. Everything is going well, but Amy is going to find out that murder isn't always the best solution in getting rid of annoying roommates. Written by Angel Acevedo

  • Beer Run

    Beer Run (2003)
    Film (short) by Angel L. Acevedo III (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department, Cinematographer, Sound department, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director It's college tour season and Wes, your average high school senior, is touring R.S. University with his easily distracted best friend Zack. While on tour, Wes sees Kylie, the most gorgeous college girl he's ever seen. After an incident with a flying shoe, Wes gets to talking with Kylie and she invites him over that night for pizza and movies, but he has to get the beer. The mission is set: Get beer for hot college girls. Trouble and mayhem ensue when Wes and company run into not so friendly college dudes. Written by Angel Acevedo

  • Be My Valentine, Franny Canada

    Be My Valentine, Franny Canada (2003)
    Film (short) by Steven Tsapelas (Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew Franny and Lowell are a pair of grown-up 1980's child actors trying to discover the meaning of Valentine's Day.

Education

  • Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
    (2002-2006)

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