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Meet Stephen Menick

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Creative COW Magazine Writer, Web Writer, Contributing Editor

Stephen Menick
Stephen Menick
Washington DC, USA
Washington DC,  USA

I never went to film school. I was a writer who fell into video production. But I loved it from the start, loved the process, and was lucky to work with some real pros. One day, early in my life as a producer, I was working with a DC-based cinematographer named Vincent Gancie. We spent the morning shooting interviews, and after lunch he asked me what was on for the afternoon. I said we were going to interview a guy who was important to the show because he knew a lot about the subject matter and this and that and the other--and Vince interrupted.

"Are we shooting inside or outside?"

And that was one of many light bulbs that have gone on in my head since I first tried my hand at filmmaking. I've worked with many talented people. They've helped me get three Emmy nominations.

I also teach. My students aren't filmmakers--not just yet. They're in marketing and public relations, and so they need to know how to write and produce video for the web. We live in a time when video is no longer a dirty word--it's actually beautiful--and the branding video is a fresh and expanding art form. I connect with my students online through the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at West Virginia University. I always tell them: first, focus on story. Then, understand the process, know what you want, and leave the shooting and the cutting to people who do it every day. And hope you're as lucky as I was.

Some of my work is on Vimeo:

Stephen Menick Profile

Articles by Stephen Menick

TV & Movie Appreciation
Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies

It wasn't the effects and it wasn't the cast that made 1933's King Kong the enduring classic that it is (though Fay Wray got a clear shot at immortality). It was the story. The story of a big lug with a soft spot a mile wide. Here's why young filmmakers should sit at Kong's feet.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
America Is The Movie: WWII Exclusion Zone & Internment Camps America Is The Movie: WWII Exclusion Zone & Internment Camps

A unilateral action by the US government during World War II resulted in the forcible internment of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry. Two-thirds of those interned were citizens of the United States, and none had ever shown any signs of disloyalty. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, which allowed local military commanders to designate "military areas" as "exclusion zones," from which "any or all persons may be excluded." This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and much of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, except for those in internment camps. Nearly 40 years later, President Carter investigated the "justice" of the internment, and the US slowly began to set reparations and formal apologies into action. We go behind the lens with Stephen for his inspiration in telling this story.

Feature, People / Interview
Line of Sight: John Bramblitt's Story Line of Sight: John Bramblitt's Story

Personal despair is turned into an inspiring vision of beauty and life as John Bramblitt learns to express his talent for painting - without sight. Join Stephen Menick as he relates meeting this remarkable young man and the tools Stephen used to tell John's story.

Feature, People / Interview
DSLR Video
Plan It Like a Bank Heist Plan It Like a Bank Heist

A DSLR shoot -- wait, make that two shoots including a couple of Panasonic AF100s -- that is a reminder to both plan for everything, and be ready for anything.

Feature, People / Interview


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