Stev Elam is a International award winning visual/storytelling director whose cinematic style is marked by strong visuals, subtle humor and natural performances.
Whether working with actors with honed skills and talent or real people with unique life experiences, under Elam’s direction, the performances are always honest, emotional and above all, human. Whether it’s a shy little girl with a hole in her heart, or five-time Emmy nominee, Jill Eikenberry and husband, Michael Tucker, Olympic Gold medalist Tara Lipinski, or Larry King and Vice President Dan Quayle, Elam guides them to the heart of the story.
Elam has been honored by the International Academy of Visual Arts, The American Pixel Academy and featured in Shoot Magazine’s Best Work and recently was selected to direct a feature film "Moments of Clarity" a hilarious dark comedy starring Lyndsy Fonseca (Nikita, Kick-Ass), Xander Berkeley (24, Terminator 2), Jon Lajoie (The League), Marguerite Moreau (Wet Hot American Summer), Angela McEwan (Nebraska), AJ Trauth (Even Stevens), Golden Globe nominee Bitty Schram (Monk, A League of Their Own) and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight).
In 2013 Elam directed a family TV pilot “Zombeo & Juliecula (4 TELLY AWARDS) and a hard-hitting documentary about homeless women and children on skid row. Elam’s short film “The Gadfly” starring Xander Berkeley (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Apollo 13 and the TV series "24") won over a dozen awards including Platinum Remi “Best Dramatic Short” at WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival and Best Actor at the Maverick Movie Awards.
Recently in commercials Elam was awarded The Davey’s Best In Show for his “Wired Safety” spot. The spot also garnered a Telly Award, as well as a W3 Award. Most recently Elam completed an eight spot campaign for the U.S. Government on pool safety (for National, Internet and theatrical release). The campaign is nominated for PR Week’s Public Sector Campaign of the Year.
Celebrity Talent, Pharmaceutical, Real People, Visual Storytelling, Dialogue, Humanity, Monologue, Documentary, Kids, Corporate, Humor, Sports, Spanish, Animals, Long Form and Underwater
Super 8, 16mm, 35mm, Super 35, HD, Alexa, Red One, The HDW-F900R CineAlta 24P, F35, DLSR (5D and 7D)
RECENT CLIENT LIST
McCann-Erickson, Ogilvy & Mather, Aventis, U.S. Government, YMCA, Wired Safety, Widmeyer Communications, Hanuman Media, Identify Foundation, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Red Cross, Guidant Corporation, Novartis, Cook Pharmaceuticals, Spotlight Health, Vista Technologies, Children’s Miracle, The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission and The Larry King Cardiac Foundation.
2014 Los Angeles Art House Film Festival Best Documentary "Salvage"
2014 Pasadena International Film Festival Best Documentary "Salvage"
2014 California Film Awards Best Family Film "Zombeo & Juliecula"
2013 Telly Award (4 Categories) Zombeo & Juliecula (TV Pilot)
2013 Telly Award "Salvage Documentary
2013 AOF Film Festival - Best Film Best Makeup Nominated Best Actor "Zombeo & Juliecula"
2013 AOF Film Festival - Best Editing Nominated Best Film Best Cinematography "Salvage" documentary
2012 Angeleno Film Festival - Best Director (Short Film)
2012 Angeleno Film Festival – Best Short Film
2012 Angeleno Film Festival – Best Actor (Short Film)
2012 International Academy of Visual Arts Communicator Film Award (Short Film)
2011 International Audio - Visual Awards (AVA) Platinum Winner (Short Film)
2011 The California Film Awards Gold Winner (Short Film)
2011 WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival Platinum Remi Award Best Dramatic Short (Short FIlm)
2011 Aurora Award Platinum "Best In Show" (Commercial)
2011 Communicator Award of Excellence (Commercial)
2011 EMPixx Award Platinum "Best Director" (Short Film)
2011 EMPixx Award Platinum "Best Short" (Short Film)
2011 Omni Award "Best Director" (Short Film)
2011 Omni Award "Dramatic Short" (Short Film)
2011 Maverick Movie Awards Winner "Best Actor" (Short Film)
2011 The Indie Fest Award (Short Film)
2011 Best Shorts Award (Short Film)
2011 Accolade Award (Short Film)
2011 Bulldog Awards Silver Bulldog Winner (Commercial)
2011 Maverick Movie Awards Nominated "Best Original Score" (Short Film)
2011 Telly Award (Commercial)
2011 Nominated Best Short Angeleno Film Fest "In Transit" (Short Film)
2011 Nominated Best Director Angeleno Film Fest "In Transit" (Short Film)
2011 Nominated Best Actress Angeleno Film Fest "InTransit" (Short Film)
2011 Nominated Best Actor Angeleno Film Fest "In Transit" (Short Film)
2011 Nominated Best Representation Of Theme Angeleno Film Fest "In Transit" (Short Film)
2011 Nominated Best Short Short "InTransit" Golden Door International Film Festival (Short Film )
2011 Nominated Best Concept Short "In Transit" Golden Door International Film Festival (Short Film)
2011 Nominated PR Week's Public Sector Campaign of the year
2010 Davy Award "Best In Show" (Commercial)
2010 Telly Award (Commercial)
2010 W3 Award (Commercial