"I am absolutely passionate about what I do. The key for me is simply to create emotionally compelling films that move people. Whether it's commercials or features, it's all about storytelling. Stunning cinematic visuals and memorable characters are what touch me and keep drawing me back over and over again.”
War-torn Beirut, Lebanon was home for Stephen for the first 13 years of his life. After being evacuated Stephen attended different boarding schools in Cyprus and Germany before moving to Seattle, WA. where he earned a BA in Communication at Seattle Pacific University. After graduating, Stephen started his film career in post-production at Seattle Post & Production.
"Seattle Post is where I got the bug to direct. I think I was always a little disappointed with the material I was editing. I wanted it to be more dynamic, more beautiful...more, more, more. So, I dreamed of taking the next step. Directing and being able to influence the images and scenes that would end up on screen."
After leaving Seattle Post, Stephen spent $5,000 of his own money to direct and shoot his first 35mm spec spot. Since then, Stephen has filmed across the globe from Munich to Uganda, Costa Rica to Vietnam, and many locations in between.
Whether it’s commercials or documentaries, image pieces or features, Stephen’s experience adds up to a well-rounded portfolio.
Tim Tebow Super Bowl Commercial
Stephen Vidano most recently finished directing the Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad for Focus on the Family. After two months of pre-production and planning, principal photography took place in Orlando, Florida at the Full Sail University Studios. Shot on the RED One camera (4K), Stephen Vidano edited and finished the spots in Colorado at VIDANO Films studios.
TILLY – Made for TV Movie
Written by best selling author Frank Peretti, Stephen directed the made-for-TV movie TILLY, filming in Costa Rica and Colorado. For almost two decades, both as an audio drama and book, Frank Peretti’s TILLY has gently touched people’s hearts and changed their lives.
The Star of Bethlehem
Released in stores nationwide through MPower Pictures (Steve McEveety is producer of the Passion of the Christ, Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, What Women Want, and more) and Genius Entertainment (the Weinstein Co.) Stephen Vidano Films is proud to bring you this awe inspiring film that will, no doubt, change the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
Look Before You Leap – 3 Screens / 45 FT. Wide
We are very excited to announce the release of our most recent long form, 3-screen movie called Look Before You Leap. LBYL is being shown in high schools all across the country to help teens talk about healthy relationships and risky behaviors. Shot on multicam-synched HD cameras, LBYL opens with an eye popping skydiving stunt. Falling from 3,000 feet at 150 miles and hour our “hero” lands in the back of a moving truck on the tarmac of a runway.
Invisible Enemies & Shattered
Having directed two movies for Creative Youth Resources, Stephen is proud to be a part of a movement that is helping teens think about their relationship with God and their friends.
Stephen has also directed national spots for Raytheon King Air, Rockwell Collins, EdgeTV, Cox Creative, Disaboom.com, Compassion International, TroubledWith.com, Young Life, The MAZE, Children’s HopeChest, ACE Scholarships, and more.