Since forming their company in 1982, the Chiodo Brothers have built an outstanding reputation as an innovative production company with expertise in creating characters using stop motion animation, live puppetry, make-up effects and animatronic props and costumes. Their goal - "To bring fantastic characters to life."
Stephen Chiodo has established himself as a highly creative special effects director with an expertise in stop motion animation and is co-chairman and head of creative production. Depending on the project, he may serve as writer, director and/or producer for Chiodo Bros.
Stephen began his career by winning the Best Young Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 while still a film student at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. In the early eighties, Stephen collaborated with Tim Burton and Rich Heinrichs as a Technical Director and Animator for the acclaimed animated short Vincent. His directing credits include the first feature length clay animated film I Go Pogo, the award winning live action/animated special Cousin Kevin, episodes of Land of the Lost and the Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys, and the cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Since then, Stephen has worked with such noted filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, John Landis, Joe Dante, Sam Raimi, John Favreau and Trey Parker & Matt Stone as an effects artist and animation director.
Most recently Stephen has developed and directed pilots for CNN, ShowTime and the Disney channel and has been sharing his experiences and knowledge by teaching stop motion animation at the prestigious Califorina Institute of the Arts.
Charles Chiodo, artist, illustrator and designer, is co-chairman and head of production design. From storyboarding to final finishing, his job is to develop and oversee the art direction of all projects.
Charles graduated Pratt Institue in 1974. Pursuing an illustration career, Charles landed a graphic artist position with ABC Eyewitness News in New York. After four years, he left to work in Virginia as a production designer for I Go Pogo, a clay animated feature based on Walt Kelly characters. After, Pogo, Charles and his brother headed to Hollywood.
Through the 80s, Charles further developed his skills on low budget monster movies designing creatures big and small. For Shelley Duvall's FAErytale Theatre, he designed a wide array of props and miniatures for various directors including Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola. Working closely with the brothers he brought a unique look to their award winning After School Special, Cousin Kevin, and the cult classic feature, Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
For director John Favreau's ELF, Charles headed the team of artists and designed a 60s style stop motion look for the opening titles and North Pole sequences. Most recently for Team America, he made sure that the marionettes looked their best when they saved the world.
Now, Charles keeps busy developing original Chiodo Bros. properties and characters always with that childlike sense of wonder that affected him so many years ago. He does what he did as a kid and hopes it will inspire young filmmakers for years to come.
Edward Chiodo, the youngest of the three, is co-chairman and head of corporate affairs. He is responsible for new business development, client relations and the overall operations of the studio. He also serves as executive producer on all Chiodo projects.
Edward is a graduate of Hofstra University on Long Island where he studied Film/Communications. Prior to joining his brothers, Edward honed his talents coordinating and overseeing various aspects of production in both Los Angeles and New York.