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Charlie Chaoli Sun



Charlie Chaoli Sun is a media composer based in Los Angeles, who has worked on Netflix film (Lou 2022) with Nima Fakhrara, and has composed music for over 80 short films, many of which were selected into Oscar-qualifying film festivals such as the LAShorts. Charlie has also won best film score multiple times.

Born and raised in China, Charlie moved to the U.S. at the age of 21 as an international student. He studied the art of theatre and filmmaking at Rhodes College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He then met his first music mentor Williams Harper at SAIC and began his interest in composition.

Charlie served the U.S. Army from 2015 to 2019, through which he gained his U.S. citizenship. Charlie had taught himself music theory during the time and continued his study of music composition under the mentoring of James Grant. After leaving the Army, Charlie moved to Los Angeles and completed his Film Scoring program at UCLA extension in 2021, and has scored over 60 films during his first year, many of which are selected by film festivals such as LA Shorts, Indie Eye, Tokyo Film Awards, Eastern Europe Film Festival and many more. 

As a huge fan of Si-Fi and Fantasy, Charlie’s favorite books include “The Three-Body Problem”, “The Dying Earth”. His favorite shows includes “Love Death + Robots”, “Black Mirror”. His favorite game is Lineage II and Nier Automata.

Growing up with the classical Chinese Wuxia (martial heroes) culture, Charlie is also a fan of the ancient Chinese poems. His favorite Chinese video game is “The Legend of Sword and Fairy 3”.

Charlie’s favorite composers include John Williams, Bill Brown, Jeremy Soule, Yuki Kajiura, and Peter Lieuwen.

In his free time, Charlie likes to go hiking. He also wishes to own a Border Collie.

Prior to his career as a composer, Charlie was active on stage and camera. He participated in major roles of Shakespeare, musical and drama. He also studied improvisation in the Second City in Chicago . In 2013 he produced his awarded short film “International Student”. He also created “The Charlie Show” on YouTube while studying video and performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

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