While working with Nolan on “Batman Begins,” Nolan shared his sensibilities with regards to camera and space and how they are integral to the characters and storytelling process. He encouraged collaboration, by allowing Steven to be creative and explore different possibilities on how to shoot a scene. Having worked with Fleder and Cannon on numerous pilots and feature films, Steven has been able to experience first hand the creation of a project from the ground up. They emphasized that choosing a location that allows the characters to explore what’s written on the page, can subtly shift the scene, and make it a better scene. Steve’s inclusion for private rehearsals with Gary and Danny have let him see from the inside their process with the actors, broken down into the smallest, most minute detail. Their use of dynamic camera movement, as well as graphic bold visuals with cinematic layering have become a staple of Steven’s visual storytelling style.
Steven has studied the craft of acting with the likes of Ivana Chubbuck and Julie Ariloa. He enrolled in an ongoing acting class for a year in Los Angeles, so that he could better understand the acting process and learn their language. Steven continues to be an invited guest at Ivana’s studio when his availability allows.
Steven excels in character-driven action pieces. Utilizing his technical background to exhibit a distinct visual style, he works comfortably with actors to tease out deep, layered performances. Moreover, with his knowledge of story, he helps elevate the stakes and enhance the humor.
Steven is a Gemini Award nominee, as well as five-time Leo Award nominee for his work on CW’s Nikita, Beauty and the Beast and Syfy’s Sanctuary. His other credits include NBC’s “The Blacklist” and Syfy’s “Helix” and the short film “The Tool” which premiered at the LA International Short Film Festival and the Santa Fe International Film Festival.
HELEN (2007) SECOND UNIT DIRECTOR
ASHLEY JUDD, GORAN VISNJIC
PERSONAL EFFECTS (2008) SECOND UNIT DIRECTOR
MICHELLE PFEIFER, ASHTON KUTCHER, KATHY BATES
THE BLACKLIST NBC/SONY “MILTON BOBBIT” 1.18
HELIX SYFY/SONY “274″ 1.03
BEAUTY & THE BEAST CW/CBS STUDIOS “SATURN RETURNS” 1.05
“ANY MEANS POSSIBLE” 1.14, “ANCESTORS” 2.10, “EVER AFTER” 2.20
HAVEN (2012) SYFY NETWORK “LAST GOODBYES” 3.11
NIKITA (2011) CW/WARNER BROS “SANCTUARY” 2.12
SANCTUARY (2011) SYFY NETWORK “UNTOUCHABLE”
*LEO NOMINATION FOR BEST DRIECTION
SANCTUARY (2010) MULTIPLE EPISODES
*“VIGILANTE”3.09 LEO NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTION
SANCTUARY (2009) SYFY NETWORK “FRAGMENTS” EP.6
SANCTUARY (2008) SYFY NETWORK “INSTINCT” EP.11
*GEMINI NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTION
*LEO NOMINATED FOR BEST DIRECTION
IN THE CLUB (2008) REFRAME ENTERTAINMENT PILOT
THE TOOL (2005)
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, Crazy Eights
KAREN LEE BATTEN “HEARTS ON THE RUN” (2007)
TheHeadedMonster NOMINATED BCMMA DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
FITNESS ON THE GO (2008) REGIONAL CAMPAIGN
ACCESS BOOTCAMP (2009) REGIONAL CAMPAIGN
Breakout Pictures Inc.
2009 LEO NOMINATION – Best Direction in Dramatic Series for “SANCTUARY” – “Episode: Instinct”
2011 LEO NOMINATION – Best Direction in Dramatic Series for “SANCTUARY” – “Episode: Vigilante”
2012 LEO NOMINATION – Best Direction in Dramatic Series for “SANCTUARY” – “Episode: Untouchable”
2013 LEO NOMINATION – Best Direction in Dramatic Series for “NIKITA” – “Episode: Sanctuary”
2013 LEO NOMINATION – Best Direction in Dramatic Series for “BEAUTY & THE BEAST – “Episode: Saturn Returns””