Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest Stephen Wise as they talk about his experience in filmmaking and media, Pensacon 2022, fandoms, and the revolutionizing influence of Star Trek on Sci-fi and television. As Pensacon's Programming Direct...
Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest Stephen Wise as they talk about his experience in filmmaking and media, Pensacon 2022, fandoms, and the revolutionizing influence of Star Trek on Sci-fi and television. As Pensacon's Programming Director, Stephen throws in scoops on what people can expect from the upcoming event on Feb 18-20th, 2022, in this episode. Being the avid Star Trek fan that he is, tune in on what he's got to say about the show's primary appeal to the young audience, the show's themes and rawness, and what can be anticipated from what more can become of Star Trek in the next five to ten years. There is indeed tons to unpack, so stay tuned and enjoy the episode!
About Stephen Wise:
Stephen Wise was born in Michigan. At age eight, friends of his invited him to participate in a "home movie" they were making. This set him on a course of filmmaking, where he wrote and directed his own films on Super 8 through his teen years. His family moved to Texas and then to Oklahoma, where he earned an Associate's Degree in Broadcasting. He then relocated to Orlando, where he was one of the first 30 students inducted into the inaugural class of the University of Central Florida's film program and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree cum laude.
With a love of writing, Stephen focused on screenwriting. He received accolades from Creative Screenwriting Magazine, Writer's Digest, and the Screenwriting Expo. He co-wrote a script for a proposed Batman film that was in consideration at Warner Bros. but was eventually passed over in favor of the reboot "Batman Begins." IFC listed his effort as one of the seven best unproduced Batman screenplays.
Outline of the Episode:
[04:01] The weird 9th-grade transition for Stephen
[06:08] A day in the life of Pensacon's Programming Director
[11:15] What is it like to be a Star Trek fan?
[16:27] About the highlights of the first season…
[19:07] Continuous storylines over episodic television
[24:11] "It's not just forward-thinking as a show, it's also forward-thinking as us—as a people."
[29:16] What do you think of New Trek?
[36:08] Stephen Wise – on the book about the making of Star Trek and its impact
[41:00] The problem with the general 'fandoms'
[46:13] What happens if we get too much of Trek?
[50:59] A bit of Pensacon and what you can expect for the next celebration.
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Stephen Wise was one of the first 30 students inducted into the inaugural class of University of Central Florida's film program and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude. He cowrote "Batman: DarKnight", a script for a proposed Batman film that was optioned by Warner Bros. that IFC listed as one of the best unproduced Batman screenplays and was featured in a June 2015 article in The Hollywood Reporter.
He has received many accolades for his screenplays. "Paradigm" won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2019 Orlando Film Festival, the 2020 Southeast Regional Film Festival, and the 2020 Toronto Online Film Festival as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Page Turner Screenplays contest and a Semi-Finalist in the 2019 Screenplay Festival. Additionally, "Paradigm" won Best Screenplay at the Yucca Valley Film Festival and Quarterfinalist in Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. It is currently in development as a feature film with Buffalo 8.
"From the Ashes" was a Finalist in Creative Screenwriting Magazine’s AAA Screenplay Contest and was a Quarterfinalist in the Screenwriting Expo‘s screenplay contest. "Sinkhole" was a Finalist in Writer’s Digest’s screenplay contest. "Maelstrom" was a Finalist at the Screenplay Festival, a Semi-Finalist at the Orlando Film Festival and the Page Turner Screenplays contest, and was an Official Selection for the Horror Genre Lab presented by Lift-Of Network, the HorrorHaus Film Festival, the Southern Horror Film Festival, and the Southeast Regional Film Festival.
Stephen is also an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director, having received a Gold Addy and four Silver Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation and a Best Director award for his short film "Crooks", which won five awards and was featured in the TV
sketch comedy series "Comedy Night School." He directed the pilot to the TV series "Nightmare Theatre," which plays on PBS stations around the country. Many of his short films have been screened in film festivals around the world. His most recent short, "Sur’vi", has participated in over 60 festivals in 10 countries, won 22 awards, and received 23 additional nominations or was a Finalist or Semi-Finalist. Stephen recently directed the presentation pilot for the proposed TV series "Blackwater Blues" starring Corin Nemec and Jason London, which is currently in post production. Additionally, Stephen appeared in the feature films "Jurassic World" and "Fantastic Four".
As an author, Stephen published a collection of short stories called "Portals of the Mind", which is available on Amazon. He recently completed a novella called "The Melting Man".
Stephen has been on staff with Pensacon since its inception in 2014. He is the programming director, overseeing the master schedule including panels and all activities such as the Pensacon Short Film Festival. He is also a Creative Services producer for WEAR-TV.