Benjamin Charles

director, photographer, writer
communication consultant

ME, MYSELF AND I

I am Benjamin Charles and I live in Paris & Saint-Etienne.

I was born in Sedan in 1985 in a family full of musicians. I always loved begin creative. My job consists to do for brands what I'm doing for myself : writing, directing and taking pictures.

I wrote my first poem when I was 6. Since 2010, I publish a poem book each year. I’m also working on experimental writing through algorithm.
I directed my film movie, Clair Obscur, in 2005 as a school project and got my first awards. Since, I’ve directed 300+ films, mostly around music. My collaborations include Justin Bieber, Redbull or Sophie Marceau.
I bought my first polaroïd camera when I was 5 and never stopped captioning everything. I shot 1000+ concerts and was a press photographer for 3 years. My work were published worldwide.
I got my first computer in 1989 and created my first website in 1998. First, I wanted to become a webmaster then start managing communities. I also counseled brands for their digital speaking with content before becoming an expert on social media.

Writing

After years writing for myself, I created QuoVadis?, my personal blog in 2004 to talk about everything. I joined satyrical blog Megaconnard in 2005 before co-founding musical blog Rock Me Up!. Some months after I created Soul Kitchen where I directed 50 unplugged sessions, including Justin Bieber’s hit Baby. I sold the website in 2010 to create Le Transistor to talk about music and society subjects.

For years, I wrote opinion pieces on various blogs where I was invited before joining Radio Neo then Virgin Radio.

Since 2010 I publish a poem book every year and still publish my texts on my blog and on various publications. I wrote my first novel, Double je, in 2014.

Because I’m a surrealist, I work since 2012 on a question which is the total opposite of surrealism: how to create something without using any part of conscience ? I created two algorithms to write books and poems without any human intervention.

2018
Journal d'une fin de vie
2017
Randomness
Neverland Editions
2016
Divagations surréalistes
Neverland Editions
2016
Recyclage: Textes ratés et oubliés
Neverland Editions
2015
Effluves
Neverland Editions
2014
Double Je
Auto-published
2014
Aléas: Une oeuvre intégralement écrite par un ordinateur
Feature
2013
Etudes du Néant
Neverland Editions
2011
Mémoires dorées
2010
Enfances poétiques
2006
Enquête aux pays des enfants stars
K&B Editions
Read my writing blog

Filming

I directed Clair Obscur in 2005 as a student film and got my first awards. Since, I’ve directed 300+ films, mostly musicvideos and unplugged sessions. I also love doing experimental, avant-garde and weird movies to test myself. In 2010, I created Images De Mariage, a wedding film production to give the opportuniy to anyone to have a wedding film produced like a feature. I also directed some institutional films and commercials.

2017
Requiem
Medium-length
2017
Je suis différent.e (Intl : Different)
Short-lenght
2017
A nightmare
Experimental short
2017
La mélodie du silence (as a writer)
48HFP
2015
A Woman
Experimental short
2013
Lilly Wood and The Prick au Trianon
Feature
2005
Clair Obscur
Short-lenght
Look at my video portfolio

Clients

Awards

2017
Jury award
Lake View International Film Festival
Different
2016
Best crime short novel
Eclipse (Lièges, BE)
Tout commence ici
2016
Best novel
Realities Inc
Brave Margot
2016
Best poem
Poetika 17
Ma vie est un festin
2016
Best poetry book
Académie Florimontane
Divagations surréalistes
2016
Best short novel
Clair de Plume
Une nuit
2015
Best short novel
Plumes des Monts d'Or
Les démêlés des sentiments
2015
Best short story
Entre rêve et réalité : Voyage au pays des vieux livres
Wonderland
2006
Best movie
Troyes premières marches
Clair Obscur
2006
Best actor (for Arnaud Marciszewer)
Montélimar Festival
Clair Obscur
2006
Best music
Astoria Festival
Clair Obscur
2006
Best screenplay
Sarajevo Festival
Clair Obscur