slider-A1Steven Adelson is a Syracuse University graduate, where he got introduced to film in the Visual and Performing Arts school. Steven has been a successful A-Camera operator/Steadicam operator for feature films and television for the past 10 years. He is an LA native who splits his time between Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto, and has had the distinct pleasure of working with some of Hollywood’s finest and being mentored by the likes of Christopher Nolan, Danny Cannon and Gary Fleder.

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.

Credits

TV & FILM

FEATURES

HELEN (2007) SECOND UNIT DIRECTOR
ASHLEY JUDD, GORAN VISNJIC

PERSONAL EFFECTS (2008) SECOND UNIT DIRECTOR
MICHELLE PFEIFER, ASHTON KUTCHER, KATHY BATES

TELEVISION

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
SLEEPERS” EP.11

SANCTUARY (2008) SYFY NETWORK “INSTINCT” EP.11
*GEMINI NOMINATION FOR BEST DIRECTION
*LEO NOMINATED FOR BEST DIRECTION

IN THE CLUB (2008) REFRAME ENTERTAINMENT PILOT
FIREPOWER ENTERTINMENT

SHORT FILM

THE TOOL (2005)
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, Crazy Eights

MUSIC VIDEOS/COMMERCIALS

KAREN LEE BATTEN “HEARTS ON THE RUN” (2007)
TheHeadedMonster NOMINATED BCMMA DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

FITNESS ON THE GO (2008) REGIONAL CAMPAIGN
Reframe Entertainment

ACCESS BOOTCAMP (2009) REGIONAL CAMPAIGN
Breakout Pictures Inc.

AWARDS
2009 GEMINI NOMINATION – Best Direction in Dramatic Series for “SANCTUARY” – “Episode: Instinct

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””