R. SuettingerRockville, Maryland, United States
R. Stephen Suettinger is a writer/producer/director who premiered his narrative feature directorial debut entitled 'A YEAR AND CHANGE,'​ (IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3339354) starring Bryan Greenberg, Claire van der Boom, T.R. Knight, Marshall Allman, Jamie Hector, Kat Foster, Natasha Rothwell, and Jamie Chung, at the Dances With Films festival at the famed Hollywood Chinese Theaters. A YEAR AND CHANGE was quickly picked up for distribution by Vision Films and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Directv, Hulu, and many other VOD platforms.

After graduating from Colgate University with majors in Molecular Biology and Music, R. Stephen Suettinger worked on a multitude of feature films that shot in the Washington DC area. He then worked as a Production Coordinator for the Discovery Channel before making his first short film, WRITING WRONGS.

Suettinger went on to receive an MFA from USC's School of the Cinematic Arts where he was chosen for the Fotokem Student Filmmaker Grant to help make WENTWORTH, his graduate thesis project. WENTWORTH played at fifteen festivals and took home several awards. It was also picked up by IMAGEMAKERS, a PBS television program featuring emerging filmmakers. After graduating from USC, Steve jumped into the motion capture feature world working on BEOWULF and then AVATAR, where he served as one of James Cameron’s primary note takers.

Steve helmed the sitcom television pilot AMERICAN BAR and directed a music video for the hard rock band ‘Earth at Night.’ After a ten-year stay in Los Angeles, he moved home to suburban Maryland and started a production company, Pebble Hill Films.

In addition to narrative fictional works, Pebble Hill films also creates online and video content for such companies as Deloitte, MedStar, and Re-Max.

Suettinger is a member of the DGA and is currently working on a number of projects including MIXED, a sitcom about growing up biracial.

Founder, Filmmaker
Pebble Hill Films
2011 - Current
Wrote, produced, directed, and edited video and online content for such companies as Deloitte, MedStar, Re/Max All-Pro, and Dual Citizen.Wrote, produced, and directed narrative fictional content such as the feature film 'A Year and Change,' the television sitcom pilot entitled 'American Bar,' a music video for the band 'Earth at Night,' and numerous short films and PSAs.
Freelance; Self-employed Filmmaker
Jan 1997 - Current
Worked in a variety of positions on a number of film and television sets. Have experience as a Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Boom Operator, Post-Sound Designer, Assistant Director, Music Editor, Locations Scout, Set Production Assistant, Script Supervisor, Production Coordinator, Grip, Electrician, Writer's Room PA, Props, etc.
Digital Save Operator for AVATAR
Lightstorm Entertainment
Oct 2006 - Oct 2008
Responsibilities included taking on-set and editorial notes for Director James Cameron and coordinating distribution of said notes to Animation, Special Effects and Editorial teams. Helped develop motion capture production pipeline. Organized saving structure and moved massive files accumulated during shooting. Implemented 3D to the edited footage during the ‘Wheels/3D’ process.
Mocap Notes Coordinator for BEOWULF
Nov 2005 - Apr 2006
Coordinated and disseminated Director Robert Zemeckis’s motion capture set and editorial notes to department heads. Assisted script supervisor with her responsibilities.
Script Reader
Imagine Entertainment
2002 - 2005
Production Coordinator
Discovery Channel
1998 - 2000
University of Southern California
Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Colgate University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Molecular Biology and Music
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