Stephen David Brooks

Stephen David Brooks

Director and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Stephen

Stephen David Brooks is a filmmaker with well‐honed technical and creative prowess. Having started his career in Visual Effects (eventually rising to the level of Visual Effects Supervisor) Stephen turned his creative talents to writing and eventually directing. Mentored early on by VFX legends (and Oscar winners) John Dykstra and Richard Edlund his path to Directing came through the Visual Effects Departments of large-scale studio films. During these years of immersion in the craft of VFX,

Stephen began writing late at night. And early in the morning. And late at night. He wrote and developed a potent treasure chest of original stories, which he nurtured and polished throughout the years. Word got out that Stephen's talents and ingenuity spanned out far beyond VFX supervision.

In typical Hollywood fashion, when word gets out…the phone starts ringing. In 1993 Stephen was commissioned to write a screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's short story THE MANGLER under the direct supervision of Mr. King himself. Stephen was also asked to Direct Second Unit as well as supervise the VFX for the film. Upon completion, and New Line’s distribution of the film, Mr. King officially added Stephen to his short list of “Stephen King Approved" Screenwriters.

From there Stephen continued to direct second units and write screenplays for hire, including the horror films SPIDERS and SPIDERS 2 for Avi Lerner’s Nu Image. Stephen also directed 2nd unit on those films. Over the years Stephen has written many work-for-hire scripts that ended up in development hell. Among these are THE RAVEN for legendary producer Harry Alan Towers as well as early drafts of Stephen King’s THE MIST for director Tobe Hooper. Stephen also directed many 2nd units for action films from legendary producer Avi Lerner, including 2002’s AIR PANIC.

Eventually Stephen felt his own stories calling him forth to make the leap into the director’s chair. He warmed up with a few indie films that were well received on the festival circuit, including his feature directorial debut HEADS N TAILZ. Stephen's films have screened, won audience and Jury awards at: Cannes, ECU The European Independent Film Festival, The Chelsea Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, Dances With Films, The Monaco Independent Film Festival, The Idyllwild Festival of Cinema, Ramsgate International Film & Television Festival, Festival du Film de Strasbourg, and The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

In 2016 Stephen's film FLYTRAP was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. The mixture of comedy and sci‐fi made this “An unexpected little paranoia trip” according to Ain’t It Cool News. Stephen’s music video “Deal Me In” has received 100K views on Youtube in its first two weeks of release and was short‐listed for a Grammy (Video of the Year.)

2019 ended with two more major music video projects. THE TEARAWAYS “The Wrecking Crew” was labelled Coolest Song of the Month by Little Steven Van Zandt and his video “Outlaws” was short-listed for a Video of the Year Grammy.

Stephen will be directing his original screenplay MEET THE PUMPS for Executive Producer/Music Director Linda Perry.

Having been raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stephen profoundly understands emotional depths and has always had a fondness for applying cutting edge technology and techniques to his artistic endeavors. Particularly for a "Techie”; Stephen's humanity is both actualized and foreground.

Stephen was on the jury for last year’s Raindance Film Festival in London.

Stephen is repped by Lara Rosenstock at Lara Rosenstock Management.




  • Nasty

    Nasty (2017)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Burn Baby Burn

    Burn Baby Burn (2016)
    Film (Short, Horror and Mystery) Director A young woman must come to terms with loss.

  • Strings

    Strings (2016)
    Television (Thriller) Director What would you do if you woke up in a dark room, tied to a stranger behind you, with no idea how or why you're there? Welcome to the world of Strings.

  • Iris

    Iris (2016)
    Film (Short, Action, Drama and Thriller) Director Add a Plot »

  • Flytrap

    Flytrap (2015)
    Film (Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director FLYTRAP mixes sci-fi with dark humor to tell the story of a reserved English Astronomer who becomes ensnared by the mysterious Mary Ann and her creepy and dangerous comrades. Held hostage in a twisted version of suburban San Fernando Valley, the Astronomer slowly uncovers the reason for his capture and the miserable fate that awaits him-and humanity-unless he acts. Written by Stephen David Brooks

  • Binky

    Binky (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama and Fantasy) Director When a troubled woman is questioned by a seemingly detached interrogator they both discover a profound connection that is beyond their wildest dreams.

  • The Firebird

    The Firebird (2013)
    Film (Short and Fantasy) Director A young girl is taken by her brothers on a hunting trip to an uncharted part of the forest... As Kylie ponders questions about Reality and Nature she becomes aware of a mysterious, magical presence in the daunting forest. Not certain of the outcome, she starts on a quest to discover an enchanting creature whose essence and expression are unlike anything she's seen...'The Firebird' is the story of a dancer, captive of her other-worldly nature and her friendship with Kylie. Written by Anonymous

  • Heads N TailZ

    Heads N TailZ (2005)
    Film (Comedy and Crime) Director Add a Plot »

  • Panic

    Panic (2002)
    Film (Action, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director FAA system analyzer named Neil McCabe is the only person who seems to have this different hunch towards a group of international terrorists after a horrific plane incident occured. He thinks that an evil genius computer hacker sets out and manipulate the computer electronical system which linked to several airplanes to cause destruction and tragedy. In order to prevent the mishap, McCabe and his teammate, Rudy, finds out about the machine used by the criminals which leads them to a psychotic thrilling fight between the terrorist. Written by Kevin <>

  • Spiders II: Breeding Ground

    Spiders II: Breeding Ground (2001)
    Film (Action, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Writer Jason and Alexandra 'Alex', a close couple, lose their sail yacht in a storm and are grateful to get picked up by Captain Jim Bigelow's commercial carrier. Suspicious about the rough treatment and injections given by ship's doctor Gerbac which make the strong man faint, and realizing the ship is improbably empty and the radio not broken as the crew claims, Jason starts snooping around and finds human bodies on meat hooks, but even Alex thinks he's just hallucinating. Alas while sane Jason is restrained for his 'paranoia', the real madmen are the doc's genetic experiment outfit, who abuse their human captives as live incubators for a giant spider's eggs... Written by KGF Vissers

  • Spiders

    Spiders (2000)
    Film (Horror and Sci-Fi) Writer A DNA experiment on a rare breed of spider is taking place on a NASA space shuttle, when a freak meteor shower engulfs the shuttle, causing everything to go horribly wrong. One survivor is found on the ship and watched over in a secret location deep in the California desert. The problem continues, as the survivor isn't alone, as another deadly spiders climbs out of him and goes on a rampage around the ship. Curious reporter Marci Eyre must now survive, escape and warn everyone before the spider reaches outside the desert. Written by simon

  • Ho Ho Nooooooo!!! It's Mr. Bill's Christmas Special!

    Ho Ho Nooooooo!!! It's Mr. Bill's Christmas Special! (1996)
    Film (Animation, Short and Comedy) Cinematographer For longtime fans of Saturday Night Live, nothing says "Christmas" like clay, and the hapless hero of Walter Williams's sadistic skits brings it all back in this half-hour 1996 special. Those who can't stand watching the torture of static, crudely sculpted Play-Doh people might not see the humor as Mr. Bill's whole family is subjected to a wide array of holiday abuse--from the festive blendering of the egg dog to the explosive arrival of the sinister Santa Sluggo. Things are livened up by spiritual guest Father Guido Sarducci and his quest to find a real Christmas in sunny L.A., home of many former SNL actors and writers. Mr. Bill also takes a technological leap forward as a reluctant Scrooge in a computer-animated version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Humorous ads for some very simple toys also add to the fun and festivity. And when you think it's all over, keep watching--the real gem of the package is slipped in after the credits. It's an example of the real thing, a Mr. Bill SNL ... Written by Grant Balfour,

  • The Mangler

    The Mangler (1995)
    Film (Horror and Mystery) Visual effects When an accident involving a folding machine at an old laundry occurs, detective John Hunton decides to investigate. What he finds is the owner of the laundry, Bill Gartley. Meanwhile the folding machine has acquired a taste for the flesh of human beings, but is there more to Bill Gartley than meets the eye, and does he know what monster hides behind the machine? Written by Action Dan <>

  • Wilder Napalm

    Wilder Napalm (1993)
    Film (Comedy and Fantasy) Visual effects Wilder and Wallace are brothers and pyrokinetics. Ever since childhood they've been able to start fires with their minds but following a tragedy in which they accidentally killed a man, the brothers have grown up very differently. Wilder has become a regular 9-5 workaday joe but Wallace performs his feats with a traveling circus. When the circus comes to Wilder's home town Wallace starts coming on strong to Wilder's wife, Vida who, ironically, is a slight pyromaniac. Written by Stefan Halldorsson <>

  • Trail Mix-Up

    Trail Mix-Up (1993)
    Film (Animation, Short, Comedy and Family) Visual effects During a picnic, Baby Herman follows a beaver into a perilous sawmill - with Roger Rabbit in frantic pursuit.

  • Afterburn

    Afterburn (1992)
    Film (Drama) Visual effects Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to offer. After much digging, Janet Harduvel discovers a joint military and General Dynamic cover-up. She proves to be unwavering in her search for the truth to clear his name. Written by Richard Jones <>

  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy (1990)
    Film (Action, Comedy, Crime, Music and 2 More) Visual effects All Tess Trueheart wants is to settle down to a quiet life with her boyfriend, detective Dick Tracy. But there's something pretty rotten going on in town, with someone pretty rotten behind it, and Tracy has his hands full with the likes of villain Big Boy Caprice and with the almost irresistible Breathless Mahoney. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

  • Spontaneous Combustion

    Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
    Film (Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.

  • Millennium

    Millennium (1989)
    Film (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects Bill Smith, chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has been assigned to determine whether human error is the cause of an airline crash. He and his team of investigators are very confused by the words on the cockpit voice recorder by the crew relating to the crash. But at the same time, a theoretical physicist named Dr. Arnold Mayer has a real professional curiosity about the crash, which borders on science fiction. While giving a university lecture, he talks about time travel and the possibility of visitors from the future. Smith discovers the involvement of an organization of time travellers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate mankind from those about to perish in the past. Written by Anthony Pereyra <>

  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

    Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1988)
    Television (Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family and 1 More) Visual effects A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

  • Spaceballs

    Spaceballs (1987)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Visual effects After squandering the fresh air in the distant planet Spaceball, the good-for-nothing President Skroob orders the arch-villain henchman, Dark Helmet, to abduct the adjacent planet Druidia's Princess Vespa to strong-arm her father, King Roland, to provide them with the code to the planet's atmosphere. Under those circumstances, the seasoned mercenary, Lone Starr, and his trusty half-human, half canine sidekick, Barf, will attempt to save the princess in distress, while at the same time, the ruthless loan shark, Pizza the Hut is after them. But in the end, only he who can harness the mystical and mighty force known only as "The Schwartz", will be able to save the day. Written by Nick Riganas

  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce (1985)
    Film (Action, Horror, Mystery, Romance and 2 More) Visual effects The space shuttle Churchill is assigned to observe the Halley's Comet under the command of Col. Tom Carlsen. They see a strange form attached to the comet and Carlsen goes with a team to investigate. They find three humanoid life forms in caskets and they bring them to the Churchill. However, Earth loses contact with the shuttle and the Space Research Center sends another spacecraft to search the Churchill. They find the crew dead and the shuttle burnt and one rescue pod missing. They bring the humanoids to Earth and soon Dr. Hans Fallada and his team discover that the Space Girl is a sort of vampire and drains the life force from people transforming them into zombies. When the authorities find that Col. Tom Carlsen has survived, they summon him to explain what happened in the Churchill. Carlsen tells an incredible story about the three aliens and he teams up with Col. Colin Caine trying to save mankind from the evil vampires from the space. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • All Hallows' Night

    All Hallows' Night
    Film (Horror) Director Add a Plot »

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