Charles Chiodo

Charles Chiodo, began his career as an illustrator and graphic artist for ABC's Eyewitness News in New York City. He left New York to join his brother in Virginia at Stowmar Enterprises to design the stop motion clay feature I Go Pogo, based on the famous Walt Kelly comic strip. After production was completed, Charles and his brother Stephen headed west to Hollywood to further pursue their film making dream.

Charles honed his art direction and painting skills on Shelly Duvall's Faerytale Theater, working with directors Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola. He has done conceptual art, storyboarding, character design for various film projects including The Lost Boys. He has designed creatures large and small, from giant, Radioactive Dreams rats to the man eating, rolling fur balls for New Line Cinema's Critter film franchise.

Charles co-wrote and was the production designer of the Chiodo Bros. cult classic feature Killer Klowns from Outer Space. When Syd and Marty Krofft revisted the Land of the Lost, Charles designed and art directed the special effects, characters, and miniatures.

For the CBS Saturday morning series, The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys, created and produced by Howie Mandel and the Bros., Charles conceptualized the characters and their wacky world.

Kevin Eastman and Saban brought the Ninja Turtles back with the help of Charles’s design and art direction and when Earnest needed to be scared stupid, Charles transformed the director’s concept sketches into reality.

John Favreau wanted a whimsical stop-motion opening title sequence for ELF. Charles designed the sequence and set pieces.

Since then he has contributed design and art direction to Team America, and the mouse dioramas in Dinner for Scmucks. Now Charles is busy developing original Chiodo Bros. properties and characters for shows, features, live venues and merchandising.