Charlie Gruet has worked as a Director of Photography in Los Angeles, New York, and abroad, since the turn of the century. Charlie’s work has brought him to all corners of the globe: braving the elements at 40 below on an ice covered lake in Fairbanks, Alaska; to navigating the mysterious, winding waterways of the Niger Delta; or capturing the emotionally heart-wrenching images of children scavenging atop a trash heap in Pnom Penh, Cambodia. His experience as a Cinematographer in Narrative, Commercial, and Documentaries, has created a unique, visual style that blends eye-catching imagery with the intimate and emotional content necessary for shaping powerful stories.
Currently Charlie is a Director of Photography on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S Film Unit. This is his second season with the legendary show.
Charlie wrapped production on his second season of the HBO show HIGH MAINTENANCE. The series has gathered praise from critics for its succinct character portraits. According to Indiewire, “HIGH MAINTENANCE beats out nearly every other series in terms of creativity and quality – acting, set design, cinematography, editing.” Season 2 premieres January 19th, 2018.
Gruet re-teamed with Director, Matt Ogens, to film the feature length documentary, MEET THE HITLERS. This incredibly moving portrait of bloodlines and family ties is executive produced by MORGAN SPURLOCK and is currently airing on SHOWTIME.
Gruet was the Director of Photography, and Producer, of the critically acclaimed feature documentary, CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO; a fascinating exploration of the obsession, and allure, of fame through the eyes of four unique characters struggling to make it in Hollywood. The documentary quickly became a hit at film festivals, including South by Southwest and The AFI Film Festival, picking up distribution under the “Morgan Spurlock Presents” line of releases. CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO had its domestic television premiere on the SUNDANCE CHANNEL program DocDay.
Gruet’s Cinematography was showcased on the television programs CNN HEROES and STAND UP 2 CANCER. He lensed a number of the short documentary films that highlighted each of the hero’s contributions to their community.
As the Director of Photography on the documentary, THE SELF MADE MAN, Gruet explored the highly emotional, and timely, topic of a person’s difficult end-of-life choices. The film was part of the PBS program, P.O.V. and was nominated for two EMMY AWARDS in the journalism category (long format).
Charlie is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600 and is based out of New York.