Welcome to STUDIO E.M.
Film, Music, and Media Art by Christopher Ernst can be found here.

What I Do

I develop and produce independent films and videos, work as a documentary cinematographer, teach at The New School, and perform with the instrumental band BELLS≥. I also produce original live action and animated content for Viacom’s creative production studio, Catalyst, working as a Senior Video Producer. For lack of better descriptive terms, my work falls into the experimental, expanded, avant-garde or arthouse cinema categories. But an equally strong current flows under the surface of all my work that circles back to my formative experiences playing in punk bands. Disruption, anti-aesthetics, sonic dynamism, noise, collaborative creation, improvisation, D.I.Y. ethics, self-distribution, and the ideas of creative community are core concepts to which I always return. These ideas form a philosophical foundation for all my music, film, and media artworks, sometimes manifesting in the process, and sometimes in the content itself. I approach all of my activities as interrelated aspects of a larger creative practice, and I look to find connections between them whenever and wherever possible.


Who I Am

Born in Seattle, but raised in the Northeast, I currently live in Brooklyn. I received my MFA from the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study, where I studied with as a Dean's Fellow with artist Tony Conrad, and I received my BA in film and music from Hampshire College. I was cinematographer for the feature film, Buried Land (2010), an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival and Moscow International Film Festival. In 2012, I made my feature directorial debut at Anthology Film Archives in New York with the film In Carcosa, an experimental narrative produced in part with funding from the New York State Council for the Arts. The most recent album from BELLS≥, Solutions, Silence, or Affirmations (2013), met with great success and was featured in several “best of” lists, including A.V. Club and Complex magazine. I'm always looking for new opportunities to collaborate and, as far as I can tell, people seem to think that I'm quite affable and pleasant to work with.


My Work

Here are selected examples of some recent projects. More examples are available for your experiential pleasure upon request.

Say Hello.

Questions, project proposals, booking inquiries, and general correspondance are all welcome.