Charles Pieper is a Los Angeles based writer/director. He's directed numerous short films and has written several feature screenplays. He comes from an animation background, specifically stop motion, but works most frequently in live action production.
His short film ‘Malacostraca’ played in over 30 festivals across the world including top horror fests such as Overlook, Beyond Fest, and Motel X, before premiering online at Director’s Notes and then ALTER.
His latest short ‘When We Dance’ is a tragic romance currently making the fest rounds in 2020. He attended Emerson College in Boston as well as studied film and animation at FAMU, NCSA, Calarts, and MassArt.
Malacostraca Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror When a struggling author's wife gives birth to their daughter, he sees the newborn as a hideous crustacean creature, and is consumed by madness.
THE MONGOOSE VANISHES! Budget: $5M - $10M | Historical ⋄ Drama The strange-but-true story of a lonely young girl's friendship with a talking mongoose and the infamous paranormal investigator striving to prove it's existence to the world.
Tread Lightly Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror An anxious young woman must regain control of her body from the spirit of her recently deceased playwright mother.
Dermis Budget: $1M - $5M | Horror ⋄ Drama An awkward college freshman's life is thrown into chaos when a seemingly miraculous skin medication starts to uncontrollably mutate his body.
The Old Wolves Club Budget: $10M - $30M | Horror ⋄ Comedy A group of WWII vets (who happen to be werewolves) must band together once more when their leader's grandson gets kidnapped by a maniacal supernatural investigator.
Finch Budget: $5M - $10M | Historical ⋄ Comedy The 'true story' of the trials and tribulations of young David Fincher as he directs his first feature film: Alien 3.
2020 Script Lab quarter-finalist - Malacostraca
2020 Finish Line quarter-finalist - Malacostraca
2020 Shore Scripts Semi-finalist - Malacostraca
2019 Sacramento Horror Film Festival winner: Best of Fest, Champion of Horror - Malacostraca
2019 Sick 'n' Wrong Film Fest Winner: best Practical Effects - Malacostraca
2019 First Contact Film Fest winner: Best Actor - Malacostraca
2019 Shock Stock Film Fest winner: Jury's Pick - Malacostraca
2018 Other Worlds Austin Film Fest winner: Best Actor in a Short - Malacostraca
2018 Life after Life Film Fest winner: Best Short - Malacostraca
2018 Filmquest winner: Best makeup effects in a short - Malacostraca