Stephen entered the world of film production in 2010 with the development of aerial platforms before anybody knew what drones were...
Chiefly through his 3Gates Films, Stephen became a polished producer, known as a "Renaissance Man" through the many projects which he produced and contributed to as a producer, writer, director, director of photography, editor, and even FAA licensed drone pilot in motion picture, television and live event production. Stephen has established multi-cam streaming systems, and has served as a media broadcasting facility director.
Stephen started 3Gates Films in 2010 as designer, engineer, builder and cinematographer of the first aerial platforms that opened the liberating era of drones. Stephen’s innovative breakthrough aerial systems were featured in Scientific American magazine and many other publications and television programs. For a multi-million-dollar Fox Sports television commercial, Stephen became the first person to fly a cinema camera from a Blackmagic Design on a RC platform. He currently holds multiple FAA certifications, including part 107.39 for flights over people, a certification held today by only 18 individuals in the United States.
Stephen was the director of photography and editor on the 8.4/10 IMDB rated 2020 Film Hope for the Holidays released on Amazon Prime Video. He was also director of photography and editor for the 13th season of a PBS docu-series entitled Healing Quest. Stephen’s stock footage has been sold primarily for commercials thousands of times to companies worldwide. His footage has been purchased by National Geographic, Valvoline, Mahindra Tractors, Cenovas Energy, Spike TV, and hundreds of other companies.
In 2019 Stephen amassed a quarter of a million followers on TikTok with views in the tens of millions of videos telling stories of miracles in people’s lives. Stephen’s reputation as a world class editor is significantly enabled by his substantial production of live, multi-camera concerts, and his degree in music performance, with a minor in voice.
Stephen speaks Mandarin Chinese with a level of fluency from his 2 years living in Kunming and Xian, China. He is also an instrument rated private pilot, is fascinated with aviation, has continuing electrical engineering projects as a hobby, is an extreme mountain biker and is a father of three sons and one daughter.