Steven Bernstein is a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer. He’s lensed such films as Monster (Directed by Patty Jenkins), Kicking and Screaming (directed by Noah Baumbach) and Like Water for Chocolate. Interestingly he also shot comedies like The Waterboy, Scary Movie 2, and White Chicks and blockbuster action films like S.W.A.T. He also wrote a best selling text book, Film Production.
His latest films, Decoding Annie Parker, and Dominion Steven wrote and directed. The films include actors Aaron Paul, John Malkovich, Helen Hunt, Rhys Ifans, Zosia Mamet, Bradley Whitford, and Rashida Jones.
Steven has had an unusual career and it’s led him to very different views about filmmaking. Steven has lectured on film, particularly new approaches to screenwriting based on an understanding of the visual nature of film, as well as radical approaches to lighting and understanding cinematography for the non-cinematographer. He also has lectured about new approaches for putting together the independent film.
We chat working with Patty Jenkins on Monster, making your own projects, working with A level talent like Charlize Theron and John Malkovich, and so much more.
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— Steven Bernstein Film Seminars – Finally, seminars from a real feature filmmaker, who is a successful writer, director, cinematographer and producer.
— Eurythmics – were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart.
— Patty Jenkins – a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, directing the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing , and as the director of the film Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers.
— Wonder Woman – Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
— Monster – Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
— Charlize Theron – is a South African-American actress and film producer.
— Decoding Annie Parker – Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.
— Dominion – The last days of the poet Dylan Thomas as he dreams and drinks.
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