Charles Ehrlinger

Charles Ehrlinger

Director, Director of Photography, Editor and Producer

Los Angeles, California

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About Charles

Charles H. Ehrlinger is an award-winning Director and Producer who was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, attended the local high school and trained in the fine arts at the Silvermine Art Guild. When his abstract paintings began to win awards in the year 2000 he decided to pursue his passion in art, and with the help of several art scholarships, enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. It was during these college years where his passion crossed over from fine art into filmmaking.

His 17 minute senior thesis, NINETEEN was shot in 16mm and earned many awards like best lead actor and best writer. Upon graduation in 2004, Charles followed the footsteps of many before him and ventured out to Los Angeles with a car packed full of boxes and a few dollars to his name.

Eager to find his way next to the camera, he took any job that came his way. Charles found an attraction to grip work and eventually joined the union. As a union grip, Charles has worked on many award-winning films like, THE DESCENDANTS, THE PRESTIGE, INCEPTION, MONEYBALL and many others.

He was given the opportunity by Wally Pfister to be the Motion Graphics Designer on his film TRANSCENDANCE starring Johnny Depp, for which he created massive amounts of visual content for the film.

Charles’s work has also led him to writing and directing his own short films, music videos and commercials. HEIRLOOM, a 35mm, 23 minute short is about three generations of a family struggling to get over their past; engaged audiences in many film festivals around the country. STRAY COURSE, a 35mm, 17-minute dark comedy is about a man searching for his lost dog; recently played at the Holly Shorts Film Festival at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Within the last year, Charles has been working with the Last American Gentleman Productions, created and directed a short for them entitled THE WAITRESS AND THE WIDOWER, which is currently being accepted into film festivals around the county and overseas.

His most recent short STATIC is being shown around to production companies as a sizzle reel for the feature film MECHANICS of MATERIAL, which will complete it’s funding soon and begin production in the upcoming year.

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  • The Waitress and The Widower

    The Waitress and The Widower (2014)
    Film (short) by Charles Ehrlinger (Drama) Producer, Director, Writer, Editor Struggling from the loss of his wife and job, a widower sits down to his planned last meal at his wife's favorite restaurant. Unbeknownst to him, the restaurant is in its final days from lack of customers and raising rent. But when the young daughter of the waitress asks for the money they need to stay open, will the widower be able to find what he needs to move on with his life. Written by Anonymous

  • Static

    Static (2014)
    Film (short) by Charles Ehrlinger (Thriller) Producer, Director, Writer, Editor A routine night gets taken over by static.

  • Transcendence

    Transcendence (2014)
    Film by Wally Pfister (Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Visual effects Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed-to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can...but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will's thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him. Written by Warner Bros.

  • Nebraska

    Nebraska (2013)
    Film by Alexander Payne (Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department "NEBRASKA" is a father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it's ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn't understand. Written by Anonymous

  • Stand Up Guys

    Stand Up Guys (2012)
    Film by Fisher Stevens (Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department After 28 years, Val gets out of prison, and his friend Doc picks him up. The local mob boss, Claphands, wants Val dead (Claphands' son died in a robbery and he blames Val) and Doc has until morning to kill him. It's a long night: Val wants to party - they visit a cat house, Val needs Viagra, they break into a pharmacy. After midnight, they pick up Hirsch, their old wheelman, drive the city in a stolen car. They visit the cat house, help a woman in distress, bury a body, and eat at Doc's hangout, a café where the waitress, Alex, is cheerful. The sun rises, Claphands wants Val dead, and Val, who has figured out his fate, is resigned. Is there anything left to take care of? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    Film by Christopher Nolan (Action and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. Written by WellardRockard

  • Gladhander: Tooly

    Gladhander: Tooly (2011)
    Film (short) by Nicholas Lam (Music) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Moneyball

    Moneyball (2011)
    Film by Bennett Miller (Biography, Drama and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

  • The Descendants

    The Descendants (2011)
    Film by Alexander Payne (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Matt King's family has lived in Hawaii for generations. His extended family - namely he and his many cousins - own 25,000 acres of undeveloped land on Kauai held in trust, which ends in seven years. The easiest thing for the family to do is sell the land before the seven years is up, which is all the talk in the state, as, to whom they sell the property could very well change the face of Kauai. Despite the vast wealth that comes with the land, Matt has decided to live solely on what he earns as a Honolulu lawyer. However, Matt has not had a perfect life living in Hawaiian paradise as many believe. He and his wife Elizabeth were having problems in their marriage. She recently got into a boating accident which has placed her in a coma. Their seventeen year old daughter Alex is in boarding school on the big island since they couldn't handle her rebellion, which was made all the worse by an argument of an unknown nature between mother and daughter during Alex's last visit home. And their ... Written by Huggo

  • Prodigal

    Prodigal (2011)
    Film (short) by Benjamin Grayson (Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department A father seeks redemption by rescuing his daughter, a PRODIGAL, from two organizations hell-bent on acquiring her "special" abilities. Written by Anonymous

  • Satin

    Satin (2011)
    Film by Christopher Olness (Comedy, Drama, Music and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department A washed up Vegas lounge singer, Jack Satin (Hamilton von Watts), has no money, no job, and delusional aspirations of fame. When Jack is forced to leave Vegas, he packs up his old Cadillac and hits the road for Atlantic City. But his car dies in the desert and Jack is left stranded in the small town of Lost Springs. There, Jack meets jazz legend turned mechanic, Doc Bishop (Robert Guillaume), who helps him with his car trouble. Although Jack is far from the stage, he begins to find himself feeling at home in the small town. When he meets dreamy eyed bartender, Lauren Wells (Melissa Joan Hart), Jack starts to see there is more to life than chasing fame and fortune. Doc encourages Jack to explore his true love of music, while Lauren provides the audience he has always wanted. But as Jack realizes this town has more to offer him than the bright lights of the big city, his Vegas past catches up with him -- what unfolds is comedy at the crossroads of life. Written by Anonymous

  • Heirloom

    Heirloom (2011)
    Film (short) by Charles Ehrlinger (Drama) Producer, Director Heirloom. One must learn form the past that surrounds them.

  • Stray Course

    Stray Course (2011)
    Film (short) by Charles Ehrlinger (Drama and Thriller) Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer Unable to accept his dogs sudden disappearance as accident, Drew's paranoia turns on his Elderly next-door neighbor and questions what is really in her food.

  • Frendz

    Frendz (2011)
    Television (Comedy) Cinematographer

  • Inception

    Inception (2010)
    Film by Christopher Nolan (Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

  • Fame

    Fame (2009)
    Film by Kevin Tancharoen (Comedy, Drama, Musical and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department The four years in the lives of some students in one class, from their entrance audition to their graduation, at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts (P.A.) is presented. Upon their entrance, the disparate group have a few things in common: they've got "big dreams" and they "want fame". Some have natural talent, some have had to obtain talent through hard work and training, and some show only some promise which the teachers hope will materialize into true talent. Some have full support from their parents, some have support from their parents but only for the parents' specific dreams, and some have little or no parental support whatsoever. Some have formal training, some not. Some are confident of what they can do, some believe they are limited and are at school to expand those talents, while others have no confidence whatsoever. And some are clear about where they want to "be" after graduation, while some want to explore whatever other opportunities may arise for them ... Written by Huggo

  • Twilight

    Twilight (2008)
    Film by Catherine Hardwicke (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and Bella chooses to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn't expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. For Edward is nothing like any boy she's ever met. He's nothing like anyone she's ever met, period. He's intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance - unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. That's right - vampire. But he doesn't have fangs - that's just in the movies. And he... Written by Summit entertainment

  • Role Models

    Role Models (2008)
    Film by David Wain (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • W.

    W. (2008)
    Film by Oliver Stone (Biography, Drama and History) Camera and Electrical Department Oliver Stone's biographical take on the life of George W. Bush, one of the most controversial presidents in USA history, chronicling from his wild and carefree days in college, to his military service, to his governorship of Texas and role in the oil business, his 2000 candidacy for president, his first turbulent four years, and his 2004 re-election campaign. Written by Anonymous

  • The Great Buck Howard

    The Great Buck Howard (2008)
    Film by Sean McGinly (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime. Written by Anonymous

  • Cloverfield

    Cloverfield (2008)
    Film by Matt Reeves (Adventure, Horror and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. The movie starts as a monster of unknown origin destroys a building. As they go to investigate, parts of the building and the head of the Statue of Liberty come raining down. The movie follows their adventure trying to escape and save a friend, a love interest of the main character. Written by Pip Carlson

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles

    The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
    Film by Mark Waters (Adventure, Family and Fantasy) Camera and Electrical Department Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

  • The Trap

    The Trap (2007)
    Film (short) by Rita Wilson (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Maggie's friends have planned a surprise birthday party (despite it being a month away). During the party, Maggie realizes there's more to it then that.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma (2007)
    Film by James Mangold (Adventure, Crime, Drama and Western) Camera and Electrical Department Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans's effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gunslinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade's vengeful gang and Wade's own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense. Written by commanderblue

  • The List

    The List (2007)
    Film by Brandon Sonnier (Comedy and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Ever been dumped? In front of 20,000 people at a stadium, on live television!? LEWIS BOND, a dashing young executive, decides to get serious after this experience and creates a list (litmus test) that the right woman should match, to avoid another humiliation. However, when he thinks he has found her, she turns out to be not as perfect as he thought, leaving the risk averse Lewis to choose between what his head or heart tells him. Written by Anonymous

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige (2006)
    Film by Christopher Nolan (Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Fifty Pills

    Fifty Pills (2006)
    Film by Theo Avgerinos (Comedy, Crime and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Darren Giles has lost his college scholarship, can't work up the courage to ask out the girl of his dreams and doesn't have the cash to stay in college another semester. Unless he can survive the teenage dominatrix, New York's largest drug mogul, convince his parents he's not gay, write a paper on Dante's Inferno, escape three thugs chasing the wrong guy and sell fifty pills of ecstasy in time to make his tuition payment, he'll never get the chance to date the girl of his dreams. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

  • Kill Your Darlings

    Kill Your Darlings (2006)
    Film by Björne Larson (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A desperate young writer is lured on a wild ride through the desert by a mysterious woman in this darkly comic take on the all-American road trip. Along the way they cross paths with a hapless mobster, a 6 foot transvestite and a lovesick housewife, all on the way to their celebrity TV shrink in Las Vegas... Things quickly spiral out of control into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game... a writer's frantic search for inspiration becomes intertwined with a motley crew of quirky characters seeking love and adventure at any cost. Written by Anonymous

  • Bam Bam and Celeste

    Bam Bam and Celeste (2005)
    Film by Lorene Machado (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Celeste and Bam Bam escape their Midwest hometown on an epic road trip to New York City. There they take on their high-school nemeses - now the dictators of the world-famous Salon Mirage - and discover that true beauty lies within. Written by Anonymous

  • Everything's Gone Green

    Everything's Gone Green (2005)
    Film (short) by Rodger Goeckeritz (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department A man, who has not left the building he works and lives in for 14 years, meets a receptionist eager to understand more about his mysterious life.

  • Mary

    Mary (2005)
    Film (short) by Aaron Ruell (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department A catholic schoolgirl sees a vision of the Virgin Mary, with modern implications.

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