Stephen was born in Krasnodar, USSR, to professor parents and is of Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian descent. Work was scarce when the iron curtain first came down, and so, when he was just a toddler, his family moved to Chicago. Stephen grew up watching classics of international and Soviet Cinema on VHS.
In 2012, Stephen graduated Magna Cum Laude from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a degree in Critical Studies. Since then he’s been working tirelessly to learn all aspects of physical production: gleaning from experience the brass tacks of how-to filmmaking in Hollywood.
Today Stephen’s passion has become his work and everyday he strives to contribute to creating thoughtful, vital cinema.
Pictured here (On left) holding the Oscar for "The Queen of Basketball" with Director Ben Proudfoot. Although it may have been raining in LA that day, it was not raining in this colorist's soul.