Michael Stever is a full time freelance director, filmmaker, camera man & writer, filming and editing projects all over NYC and LA. His documentary short films, 'Resurrecting Carrie' with iconic Academy Award nominee Piper Laurie and 'Jan Broberg's Guide To Thespians, Sociopaths & Scream Queens' with Elijah Wood were chosen as 'official' selections at the 3rd & 5th Macabre Faire Film Festival in Long Island, ParaFest Festival in Bethlehem Pa. and the 1st and 2nd annual 'Scares That Care' festival in Williamsburg, Va. In 2014 he produced 'Nancy's Freddy-Cut Nightmare' with beloved 'Nightmare On Elm Street' star, Heather Langencamp. Stever's first independently produced doc, 'Saturday Nightmares; The Ultimate Horror Expo!' screened in New York City in Oct, 2010 to solid reviews, & is now on DVD & pay perview. His exclusive featurette on Stephen Schwartz's first ever opera, 'Seance On A Wet Afternoon' can be viewed at BroadwayWorld.com along with several other multi-media exclusives. Worked for three years as UPM on the critically acclaimed, 'Broadway: The Golden Age' also serves as the official camera man for The Drama Desk in NYC. Stever has had the pleasure of directing, filming or performing with the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones, Fay Wray, Tamara Tunie, Mary Bond Davis, Adrienne Barbeau, Betty Garrett, Betsy Palmer, Len Cariou, Rex Smith, Juliet Prowse, Colleen Zenk & many more...
Equipment: Films with a STATE OF THE ART Sony FS700 which utilizes the incredible interchangeable 35mm lens technology, and shoots with all the rich, vivid color and shallow depth of fields of film! The quality of this camera actually exceeds the now legendary Red camera which I'm guessing you've heard of. The 'AVCHD' footage will easily upload into Final Cut, IMovie, Premiere, etc. As a secondary camera, I also film with an equally impressive Sony NEX EA50, (which also uses the interchangeable 35mm lens technology) Pro Sennheiser (dual) wireless audio, Merlin steadi-cam, high quality rolling dolly +15 feet of track, Pro lighting, Full size green screen and teleprompter ready upon request.
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Name: Michael Stever
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Actor, Camera Operator, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Film/theatre Journalist, Host/presenter, Lighting Designer, Playwright, Producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Steadicam Operator and Theatre Director
'Jan Broberg/Elijah Wood doc' - '2nd Scares That Care' Con & Film Festival - official selection
'Resurrecting Carrie' - '1st Scares That Care' Con & Film Festival - official selection
'Jan Broberg/Elijah Wood doc' - The 5th Annual Macabre Faire Film Festival - official selection
'Resurrecting Carrie' - 'Parafest Con & Film Festival - official selection
'Resurrecting Carrie' - The 3rd Annual Macabre Faire Film Festival - official selection
Jan Broberg's Guide to Thespians, Sociopaths & Scream Queens
Video (Short and Horror) Camera and Electrical Department 'Art imitating life' has never been so oddly paralleled than with Jan Broberg's latest role in Franck Khalfoun's shocking new remake of the 1980 cult hit, 'Maniac!' In 'Jan Broberg's Guide To Thespians, Sociopaths & Scream Queens' Michael Stever not only chronicles 'a day in the life' of this talented Thespian, but takes an honest, straight-forward look at how Jan's kidnapping in the 1970s fueled her artistic ability, and motivated her desire to be a proactive force for good. Written by anonymous
Film (Comedy and Drama) Cinematographer Six best friends from high school reunite years later for a weekend in Atlantic City. But, when new truths start spilling out, they discover there's much more to their bond than just a carton of cigarettes, a case of beer, and a room full of high school nostalgia. Written by Anonymous
Dwight Thomas Vaughn: Don't Come a Knockin
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Video (Short and Horror) Camera and Electrical Department A long time admirer of the classic Stephen King novel, legendary Brian DePalma film and the now notorious cult-hit musical - filmmaker Michael Stever manages to merge facets of all three 'Carrie entity's' into one surprisingly engaging documentary short film, 'Resurrecting Carrie!' Written by anonymous
It's a Hard Act to Follow
Video (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Created to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theater, Drama Desk was formed in 1949 by a small group of New York theatre critics, editors, reporters and publishers. Today more than 130 critics, reporters, writers and editors vote on the awards. Drama Desk president is Isa Goldberg and the chairperson of the nominating committee is Barbara Siegel. Michael Stever has worked in/around New York City as a full time filmmaker, camera man, editor and writer for over 20 years. He's thrilled to be working with the Drama Desk in creating this rare glimpse into the New York Theatre community. Written by anonymous
Watch What Happens: Live
Television (Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department Bravo network executive Andy Cohen discusses pop culture topics with celebrities and reality show personalities.
Archaeology of a Woman
Film (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN written and directed by critically acclaimed director Sharon Greytak. A talented chef (Kate) travels from New York City to her suburban hometown to care for her mother's worsening dementia. Kate expects to put a few services in place and return to the city, but events change as her spirited mother disappears, defies authorities, and finds herself tangled up with lovers and a generation-old murder case. A unique take on dementia and mystery. Written by Anonymous
Artists and Alchemists
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Girls Who Smoke
Film (Short and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Based on a story heard on This American Life, Girls Who Smoke, tells a tale of how a shared cigarette can lead to a friendship where you least expect it, and how a stranger can bring about a sudden sense of self discovery and inspire a life change. Written by Anonymous
Jon Finch: The Ultimate Impresario
Video (Short and Musical) Camera and Electrical Department Jon Finch has spent his entire life devoted to countless facets of show business. Filmmaker Michael Stever gets up close and personal with several of Jon's closest industry friends and colleagues - who happily share their musings on one of the entertainment industries busiest, and most beloved 'Presents For The Arts!' Written by Anonymous
LPTW 30th Anniversary Kick Off!
Video (Short and Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department New York City theater notables performed in Times Square, to help celebrate The League of Professional Theatre Women's 30th Anniversary celebration!
Schwartz: Seance Is a 'Wicked' Mistress
Video (Documentary, Short and Music) Camera and Electrical Department A behind-the-scenes journey into the creation of Stephen Schwartz's first ever opera, 'Seance On A Wet Afternoon.'
Saturday Nightmares: The Ultimate Horror Expo of All Time!
Video (Horror) Camera and Electrical Department Stever gets up close and personal with many of the talented filmmakers and stars in exclusive backstage interviews. Stever captures the set-up of the memorabilia and collectibles stands by the hard-working staff and volunteers, the panel discussion with Romero, Barbeau and others moderated by Roy Frumkes, and the long lines of fans, some adorned in full costume and make-up, waiting to get autographs of their favorite horror legends. Written by Anonymous
Sonny Mails a Letter
Film (Animation, Short, Comedy, Fantasy and 1 More) Composer A tale about pen pals, old companions, new friends, and apocalyptic innocence... Sonny is a boy who exudes joy, living in a world that could use a little.
How to Get and Keep an Agent
Video (News) Camera and Electrical Department "WHY IS IT SO HARD TO GET AN AGENT?" "WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR, REALLY?" This is the battle cry of almost every actor seeking representation. But if you've done your homework and are a pro-active actor, you can immediately improve your chances of finding the right agent for you and your career. As an actor, you're a living, breathing product, but if you don't know how to properly approach the industry and market yourself, agents won't know what to do with you. In this seminar, Tony will share with you his knowledge and industry secrets that he's learned as an both an owner of AC and professional actor. You'll learn it ALL: Do's and Don'ts, Knowing Your Type, Making a Great First Impression, Correspondence/Following Up, Cover Letters, Selecting the Right Head shots, Resumes, Reading/Interviewing for an Agent, Sign or Freelance, Showcases, Classes & Networking Seminars and how to keep your relationship going once you've secured representation. Don't miss out on this great DVD that will... Written by Michael Stever
The Barry Z Show
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Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Film (Comedy, Family, Music and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew When the teenager Mary Elizabeth Steppe, a.k.a. Lola, moves with her mother and two younger twin sisters from New York to the suburb of Dellwood, New Jersey, she has the feeling that her cultural and entertaining world ended. While in school, the displaced Lola becomes close friend of the unpopular Ella, who is also a great fan of the her favorite rock band Sidarthur. However, the most popular girl in the school, Carla Santini, disputes the lead role in an adaptation of Pygmalion with Lola and also the leadership of their mates. When the last concert of Sidarthur is sold-out, Lola plans with Ella to travel to New York and buy the tickets from scalpers. However, the girls get into trouble while helping the lead singer and Lola's idol Stu Wolf, changing their lives forever. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Film (Drama and Short) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director STILL LIFE is the story of an unhappy mother of two boys. One day, a suitcase in her neighbor's trash pile catches her attention. She picks up the suitcase, and what she finds in it starts a series of events that change her life.
Television (Action, Crime and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.
The Brini Maxwell Show
Television (Comedy and Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department You've never seen a domestic goddess like Brini. The insouciant Brini (rhymes with "teeny"), is the host of The Brini Maxwell Show. She's a self-described "child prodigy in the area of domestic science" whose fashion and home tips are not only fun but also user-friendly. Brini offers her '60s-inspired take on such head-scratchers as what to pack for a trip, how to get smudges off your linoleum, and much more. Each episode is full of dozens of helpful hints. Brini's idol is TV housewife Donna Reed, so put on your pearls and let Brini enlighten you in her over-the-top way. It's gonna be a wild whirl through the most spic 'n' span half hour on TV. Written by EDW
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
Film (Documentary, History and Music) Production manager In their own words, and not a moment too soon - 'Broadway' tells the stories of our theatrical legends, how they came to New York, and how they created this legendary century in American theatre. This may be the last chance that these stories may be documented, for unlike film and television, live theatre exists only in the memories of those who were there watching, or more importantly, creating this magic. 'Broadway' tells the stories of these legendary performers, composers and writers while illustrating their tales with amazing, rare, archival performance footage and these legends' own home movies and photos. Written by Anonymous
Film (Comedy and Crime) Actor The mafia's Paul Vitti is back in prison and will need some serious counseling when he gets out. Naturally, he returns to his analyst Dr. Ben Sobel for help and finds that Sobel needs some serious help himself as he has inherited the family practice, as well as an excess stock of stress. Written by Tim Salazar
Television (Drama) Actor Oliver Platt plays Wallace Benton, a journalist for a New York tabloid magazine called the NY Ledger. He works along side his soon to be ex-wife, and various other people, using his journalistic instincts to get the story no matter what it takes. He seems to drink heavily, and he curses, so he's clearly an average guy, with no super human qualities about him. On the side, he teaches a class full of journalism students, who sometimes go along on his researching "missions," and he frequently uses them to get information on stories he has done, or is doing, to save himself some time. Benton is a smooth talker with a lot of tricks up his sleeve, always searching for more information to add just the right touch to his articles, and he sometimes finds himself using somewhat devious tactics to get that information. Written by Joshua Bozeman <JBoze3131@aol.com>
Television (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Actor In the year 2020, an astronaut becomes a vigilante when he returns from a mission to learn his cop brother's been murdered.