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Stephen Wise
Pensacola, United States

Stephen Wise was born in Michigan. At age eight, friends of his invited him to participate in a “home movie” they were making. This set him on a course of filmmaking where he wrote and directed his own films on Super 8 through his teen years. His family moved to Texas and then to Oklahoma, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Broadcasting. He then relocated to Orlando, where he was one of the first 30 students inducted into the inaugural class of the University of Central Florida’s film program and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude.

With a love of writing, Stephen focused on screenwriting. Having teamed up with Lee Shapiro, their co-written screenplay Sinkhole was a Finalist in the 2001 screenplay contest by Writer's Digest, and their script From the Ashes was a Finalist in the 2005 AAA Screenplay Contest from Creative Screenwriting Magazine and a  Quarterfinalist in the 2005 screenwriting contest by the Screenwriting Expo. He and Shapiro also co-wrote a script for a proposed Batman film called Batman: DarKnight that was in consideration at Warner Bros., but was eventually passed over in favor of the reboot Batman Begins. IFC listed this as one of the seven best unproduced Batman screenplays. In 2019, his feature screenplay Paradigm won Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay at the 2019 Orlando Film Festival, Best Screenplay the 2020 Southeast Regional Film Festival, and Best Screenplay at the 2020 Toronto Online Film Festival as well as being a Finalist at the 2019 Page Turner Screenplays competition in Santa Monica and a Semi-Finalist at the 2019 Screenplay Festival in Sherman Oaks, CA. His screenplay Maelstrom was an Official Selection at the 2020 Horror: Genre Lab presented by Lift-Off Network, the 2020 Southeast Regional Film Festival, and the 2020 HorrorHaus Film Festival.

Stephen wrote, directed, and produced over a dozen short films that have been screened in film festivals around the world. "Crooks", a parody of the show COPS, won him a Best Director award in addition to five others and was featured in an episode of the sketch comedy TV series Comedy Night School. In 2002, he was a Quarterfinalist in Project Greenlight's directing contest. Most recently, his short film "Sur'vi", a fantasy adventure, was selected for over 50 film festival world-wide and has won to date 19 awards, and is still making its round in film festivals after 3 years on the circuit. Additionally, he directed the pilot for the horror host TV series Nightmare Theatre, which now plays on PBS stations around the country. He recently directed the pilot for the TV series Blackwater Blues starring Corin Nemec and Jason London.

Stephen has had a varied career in film production and in the private sector. He has worked on video projects for Walt Disney World and Lockheed Martin in addition to being a Creative Services producer for a local TV station resulting in him winning five ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation. He has worked in theater, both onstage and behind the scenes as director and technical director, and lent his screenwriting skills to the Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition and Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival as a screenplay contest judge for a combined total of four years. He appeared as a background performer in the feature films Jurassic World and The Fantastic Four. If you don’t blink, you might see him. Since 2013, he has also served as the programming director for the pop culture convention Pensacon, where he also coordinates the Pensacon Short Film Festival, and served in a similar capacity for both Gulf Coast Fan Fest in Biloxi and Pensacola Indie Fringe and Comedy Festival. His collection of short stories, Portals of the Mind, is available on Amazon.

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Scripts By Stephen

A wealthy family and their employees fight for survival on their island resort during a tropical storm after an infection brought from the Amazon transforms some of the residents into monstrous creatures.
Feature Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi For sale 120pp
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A dinner among two couples turns deadly when a long-held secret surfaces, revealing a web of deceit, greed, and betrayal that proves that nothing is as it seems.
Feature Crime, Thriller In development 98pp
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