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BATON ROUGE - NOLA - KENNER - DALLAS

SPECIAL CREATIVE WORKSHOP EVENT - Saturday, November 23rd
East Bank Regional Library - Free and Open to the Public
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Creative Storytelling - Production - Consulting

Steven Scaffidi

Writer - Producer - Director

Hi, I'm Steve Scaffidi and I love producing and creating great projects in my hometown of New Orleans.  I'm passionate about film & storytelling, and NOLA is a great city to inspire any creative idea. During the past decade, I've written over a dozen screenplays, 2 books and a handful of television shows and other cool creative projects that can make a positive impact in the world.  That's what I love about what we do - making an impact through powerful stories!  I've been blessed to have produced and directed many great projects that I'm proud to put my name on.  One of my films was up for an Oscar and others have won major awards at some of the top International Film Festivals worldwide.  The ultimate for me is directing meaningful docs & feature films that take the audience on an exciting and emotional journey.  Many of my stories were written in local coffee shops and are inspired by true-life underdogs overcoming tremendous adversity and succeeding.  Let's get creative and produce an unforgettable project for the big screen, small screen, or whatever else you can imagine!

CREATIVE

PRODUCTION

Documentaries

Feature Films

Live Music TV Shows

Reality TV/Films

Inspirational Films

Stage Productions

Ghost Rider Film Slate
Enter the Screening Room

Interactive Commercial Films
​and Creative Storytelling

Unique Programs for Broadcast,
​Internet and Social Media  

Original Stories for Film & Television

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Stories That Make an Impact

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DEVELOPMENT

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More About Development & Film Slate

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EXPERIENCE

Steven Scaffidi ​​

Previously represented by:  Creative Artists Agency, Ablaze Entertainment, Rebel Entertainment

Managing Partner/Executive Producer, Ghost Rider Pictures  (1990 - Present)
 
Founder/Lead Instructor, Ghost Rider Workshops (2000 - Present)
 
Founder/Executive Producer, Mission Media Productions  (2015-2017)
 
Consultant, Louisiana Technical College and New Orleans Access Television  (2002-2006)
 
President, Scaffidi and Chetta Entertainment  (1997-2007)
 
Director/Director of Photography, WVUE Television  (1982 -1990)

 
Adjunct Professor, University of New Orleans Metro College  (1985 -1989)

 
Project Coordinator, Louisiana Easter Seals Society  (1977 -1978)

 
Independent Producer  (1976 -1982)

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Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Operator, United States Air Force  (Honorable Discharge -1975)

CREDITS

Include:

Creator/Co-Executive Producer, "First Date" (syndicated series), New Line Television, Universal Studios
 
Director/DP, "Kid’s Quest/Sail Away" (television pilot), Discovery Network
 
Creator/Executive Producer, "Timmy’s Travels" (series), Southwest Airlines / Atlas Enterprises 
 
Executive Producer, "Morgus the Magnificent", Cox Communications (series)
 
Writer/Producer/Director, "Forgotten on the Bayou" (documentary feature)

 
Writer/Producer/Director, "The People’s Story" (documentary feature)

 
Writer/Producer/Director, "Execution" (feature film) 

 
Writer/Producer/Director, "Rock the Schoolhouse" (television pilot), PBS

 
Writer/Executive Producer, "Ain't Dat Super!" (stageplay and book)
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Director/Producer, "Rock Bottom and Back" (television series), BIC Media Solutions

 
Producer/Director, "Unitas: He Changed the Game Forever" (documentary short), Ghost Rider
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Executive Producer, "The Vigorsol Mystery" (Italian film), Perfetti Van Melle Italia
 
Director, U. S. Marine Corps, "The Few, The Proud, The Marines" (National Campaign),  J. Walter Thompson
 
Writer/Director, "Louisiana Tourism" (National Campaign), Peter Mayer Advertising
 
Writer/Director, "The Original" & "Party With a New Twist", (National Campaigns), Fat Tuesday
 
Writer/Director, "We Belong Together" (Syndicated National Campaign), Disney Studios
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Writer/DIrector, "Lost In Space" (Corporate Film & Live Production), Pan American Life
 
Writer/Producer/Director, (Series of Corporate Training Films), Hibernia National Bank
 
Writer/Director, (Series of Corporate Industrial Films), Pioneer Entertainment, Chevron, Monsanto

AWARDS​​

More Credits:

Include:

Finalist:  2000 Academy Awards - "The People's Story"
 
Winner:  Humanitarian Vision Award - "Forgotten on the Bayou"
 
Winner:  Telluride Independent Film Festival - "The People's Story"
 
Winner:  Moondance International Film Festival - "Execution" & "Forgotten on the Bayou"
 
Winner:  Los Angeles Movie Awards - "Rock Bottom and Back"
 
Finalist:  New York Film Festival - "The People's Story"
 
Winner:  Houston International Film Festival - "The People's Story"
 
Finalist:  Australian International Film Festival - "Execution"

 
Winner:  International Christian Film Festival - "Hard Times Don't Hit Me No More"

 
Winner:  First Glance Philadelphia Film Festival - "Forgotten on the Bayou"
 
Winner:  Big Muddy Film Festival - "Execution"
 
Finalist:  Palm Beach Film Festival - "Forgotten on the Bayou"

 
Winner:  Accolade Competition - "Rock Bottom and Back"

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Winner:  Rome International Film Festival - "Execution"

 
Finalist:  First Glance Los Angeles Film Festival - "Hard Times Don't Hit Me No More"
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Winner:  Ozone Film Festival - "Execution" & "Forgotten on the Bayou"

TESTIMONIALS

"Steve's level of creativity is tremendous and his passion for the projects he engages with can move mountains. His ability to connect with students rivals his passion for film. It was Steve’s passion that won me and my board over."
                                                                                                             - Ewell Smith, Executive Director Carolina Loggers Association
  
“I have the utmost respect for Steve, for his talent as a Producer, Writer, Director, Editor, and most importantly Teacher. His ability to inspire and motivate a group of people has no equal, and his long and distinguished career is a testament to that.”
                                                                                                                                                -  James W. O’Keeffe, Adjunct Professor of Cinematography USC School of Cinematic Arts
  
“Steve has more creative and unique ideas in an afternoon than I have had in my lifetime. But he doesn’t just generate ideas – he gives birth to them, nurtures them, and completes the projects – usually against steep odds. He just makes things happen.”
                                                                                                                                                -  Kenneth H. Beer, Chief Financial Officer Cantium, LLC
    
"Steve's real-world experience and passion for storytelling and writing is second to none."
                                                                                                                                                - Monica Pierre, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist 
 
"Steve is the best at his craft. He develops creative reults and helps you think of the production in unique ways. He is an incredible talent!"                                                                                                               - Paul Hasney, CEO - Imagine Consulting
 
"Steven is an amazing documentary filmmaker. He not only knows how to tell a gripping story, but is a masterful promotions machine."                                                                                                                       - Bill Ostroff, Executive Director - First Glance Film Festivals
 
"Steven is the ultimate story-teller. Each of his cinematic achievements echo his personal path of discovery. His films are intensively meaningful with gripping characters and heart-wrenching stories."
                                                                                                            - C.Q. Scafidi, Author at High Noon Press
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"Steve is an extremely creative film maker who likes to show his audience the 'other guy'. Instead of taking on the mainstream topics, he chooses to find the most incredible stories of the underdog or societies' outcasts. His work is clearly visionary."
                                                                                                             - David Feinartz, Attorney - Chicago, IL
 
"Steve is the most genuine, honest & intense partner I've ever had the pleasure of working with." 
                                                                                                                                                 - Chris Braun, Universal Media
 
"When I think of Steve Scaffidi I immediately think of passion and perfectionism. Steve is a consummate professional. His passion, insight, empathy, and experience inspire confidence and generate results well beyond expectation."
                                                                                                                                                 - Steve Cabeza, Media Maestro at Amplification, Inc.

“First and foremost, Steve is an idea man.  As his resume and background attest, he has the connections and resourcefulness to bring his ideas forward and to give them life, whether on a page, a book or a screen.  Steve is a communicator and a persuader."
                                                                                                              - Deborah B. Rouen, Senior Partner Adams & Reese LLP

WORKSHOPS

EXPERIENCE

THIS CREATIVE WORKSHOP WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO TAKE AN IDEA AND DEVELOP IT INTO A STORY FOR FILM, TELEVISION, A BOOK OR WHATEVER YOU CAN IMAGINE!

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REVIEWS

“Mr. Scaffidi is a true mentor, engaging whether in class or for a one-on-one session. The energy he brings is like a personal trainer and life coach with all the wisdom of a professional creative. Taking a class with him is like giving your creative drive and willpower espresso!”
                                                                                                              - Trinity Jade Hartman, Future NY Times Bestseller & Starbucks Barista

"If you're looking for a creativity guide, how to take your ideas and turn them into clear action then this experience with Steven is for you. Passionate discussion on how and why we write and clear direction, and a timeline, on taking your ideas from just a spark to a finished work in much less time than you think. I left feeling inspired and ready to get started!"                                                                                                                                                                                              - David, Wellington, New Zealand
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"If you have written a script, thought about writing a script, started but never finished your script, I HIGHLY recommend Steven Scaffidi’s workshop. Definitely worth the very reasonable price."              - John Reed, Mississippi Film Industry

"I walked away with confidence that I can really do this! Steven not only inspired me and got me excited about writing a story that I’ve been only thinking about, but also encouraged to think big pictures. And this really was something that couldn’t be taught at a normal writing class. This workshop is perfect for people who want to be inspired in a very special way."
                                                                                                              - Hope - Designer, Grand Rapids, Michigan

 
"Steven combined his infectious passion with his genuine writing skill to guide a workshop that I know I'll never forget.  I was extremely impressed with how much Steven has accomplished but even more so with how accessible he was, plus, he could have absolutely priced this workshop at 4X the price—that's how valuable it was! Don't miss this opportunity to take this workshop—it could absolutely be the thing that changes your writing and your writing career forever. "     

                                                                                                              - Laura - Writer/Marketing Consultant, St. Petersburg, FL 

"Steve's writing class was simply amazing. He gives guidance on how to create a story that people want to read, and more importantly on how to get to task in putting the information into practice. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone looking to sharpen their writing skills."                                                                                       - Christie - Registered Nurse, New Orleans, LA


"I was incredibly privileged and lucky to be in one of Steve's workshops. It was an invaluable experience and one I can put into practice right away. He made me excited to start writing my book and made me confident that I can actually DO it! This is truly a worth while experience for any writer."                                                                - Stewart - Firefighter, Buena Park, California

“Sharing my views on Steve's teaching style, the opportunities we got as a class was second to NONE!!! I will forever be thankful for his willingness to offer the program and to work with the community colleges." 

                                                                                                               - Rose Sparrow - Resource Specialist, Arkansas Economic Development
 
"If you are looking for someone to help you get all your clustered ideas down to earth, or just simply looking to have a super creative experience, this is perfect for you. Mr. Steve was extraordinary in his knowledge of story telling and pays attention to the details."
                                                                                                               - Marlene - Student, Opelousas, LA


"This was such a great experience! Steven was super passionate and engaging the whole time! You can tell he really loves what he does. I left the experience feeling like I not only had a plan for finishing my book, but the tools and insight to complete it quickly and with excellence! I’m even wanting to turn it into a screenplay afterwards! I highly recommend this! Thanks again Steven!"
                                                                                                              - D'Ani - Philadelphia, PA 


"As a lawyer, I wasn't sure how to transition from technical writing to writing fiction. Steven understood my concerns and showed me how I could best develop my story into a work of fiction. Now I'm ready to use the tips, methods and materials Steven provided to me to get started on my first writing project. I'd highly recommend Steven's workshop to others, and look forward to working with him again in the future!"                                                                                                  - Tonya, Lawyer - Durham, NC

"It was a great opportunity and those who were able to participate in it recieved valuable insight into the world of cinema and how ideas become books, screenplays and even movies."                           - Kevin Shipp - Program Coordinator, Girl Scouts of the USA


"After taking Steve's workshop, I am more focused and encouraged than I have ever been, and I am certain I will finish my first novel.  Steve offers a structure for completing books that is easy to follow and breaks down the mystery of how to get a book or screenplay ready to publish."                                                                                - Kathy Garland - Leadership Trainer, Dallas, TX

"The feedback from students and parents has been positive. Many were surprisingly pleased by what they learned during the workshop. Your workshop motivated the participants to write."                    - Joey S. - Principal, Christian Brothers School

"This class and experience was inspiring for me. I love the fact that there was so much creativity that was shared and I feel that everyone benefited from each other, which was very cool."                        - Mark Subervielle - Business Owner, New Orleans, LA
 
"Steve was a wonderful host with a lot of passion for story telling and writing. The setting at the coffee shop is perfect for a creative discussion. This experience shouldn't be missed!"                       - Tori & Chris​ - Indianapolis, Indiana​


"This experience is very unique. It’s exactly what I needed. Steve is passionate, with a lot of experience and is an exceptional teacher. Would not forget this experience."                                                  - Fajer - Kuwait City, Kuwait    

​"​My workshop with Steve was great. It went beyond my expectations. I know that his process for writing will improve my own. He explained it clearly and used great examples. He then helped me to create a realistic timeline for the completion of my novel. His enthusiasm for storytelling was infectious."                                  - Mary - Pine Island, Minnesota
Workshops for Schools, Groups, Corporate Team Building Events and more!  Click here for info and to host a workshop.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
So, you must be asking yourself, "How does the Coffee Shop Creative Workshop work, and what makes it so unique?"  First of all, we're going to have a great time in a relaxed atmosphere, and I'm going to show you how to write a great story using my unique "Six Weeks to Final Draft" process.  I'll teach you some cool ways to lay out your story before you start writing so you don't get lost in the weeds when working on your project.  Next, I'll lay out a simple yet powerful plan to finish your screenplay, book, or whatever you decide to write in just six weeks or less if you follow my step by step guide.  I'm really excited to offer this great workshop to you that I believe will be a game changer!  Workshop dates and session times will be posted on this page and our social media channels as soon as they are scheduled.  Creative sessions can be small groups, large groups, private, corporate, you name it.  We can get creative and customize a unique workshop just for you.  I look forward to meeting you and can't wait to help you create a great story that has a real shot at going somewhere.  Let's get creative!
                                                                                                                                                                                        - Steven Scaffidi, Writer Producer Director

MEDIA​​

MAN ON A MISSION: STEVEN SCAFFIDI LAUNCHES MISSION MEDIA PRODUCTIONS AT THE NEW ORLEANS MISSION
Steven Scaffidi has been in the production business for 30 years, writing, directing and producing films and commercials for his company, Ghost Rider Pictures. His vast catalogue of work over the years has garnered national attention and accolades, but his latest venture, Mission Media Productions, means more to him than any award ever could. 
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SACRED HEART STUDENTS SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON HOMELESS
“This will be a great experience for you,” media arts teacher Mary Lane told the girls during a pre-production meeting led by writer, producer and director Steve Scaffidi, owner of
Ghost Rider Pictures.  Scaffidi is producer of the live “Street Requiem” and will help the students produce a good video of the event as a learning experience. 
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AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER EAGER TO BOOST NEW ORLEANS ECONOMY
So he fell back on what he knew and started making commercials again, this time on his own. He garnered such clients as Texaco, Pan American Life and The U.S. Marine Corp. It didn’t take long before Steven found himself on top again. 
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A SUPER BOWL VICTORY GAVE A LOCAL SAINTS FAN THE PERFECT ENDING HE NEEDED FOR A PLAY THAT SALUTES THE WHO DATS
"This is not your regular play, " Scaffidi says. "I expect people to show up in their Saints jerseys. I want the audience to feel like they're walking into the Dome when they go into the theater."  Scaffidi wrote the play and then came up with the tailgating idea.  "I think I'd had a few margaritas when I had this vision of a tailgate party, " he says.  It seems like a brilliant vision. 

LOCAL FILMMAKER WANTS TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU MIGHT SEE BIKERS
The crowd flowed into theater 4 at Chalmette Movies to find out about bikers. You know, the guys who ride hogs and wear leather and -- often in the movie world -- are preceded by a tough reputation.  "I'm going to show you a side of bikers you may not have seen before," Steven Scaffidi told WGNO.   

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PHILDELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL HONORS KATRINA EPIC
Forgotten on the Bayou: Rockey's Mission to the White House" recently won first-place honors at the First Glance Philadelphia Film Festival. Out of more than 500 films, "Forgotten on the Bayou: Rockey's Mission to the White House" won for Best Documentary Feature Film.

AMNISTY INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS A GROUNDBREAKING FILM EVENT THAT TAKES THE AUDIENCE TO THE FRONT ROW OF AN EXECUTION
Regal Cinemas opens its doors in eight major cities across America for this first-of-a-kind motion picture less than one week after California’s attempt to repeal the death penalty fails.
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