Born in Harlem, New York, Steven Young grew up listening to the likes of The Beatles, James Brown, and Michael Jackson. At age 9, he came across the parody video “I’m Fat” by Weird Al Yankovic and saw something that combined his love for music and entertainment.
After shooting two music videos independently, Steven decided to crossover into writing and creating short films, which led him to attend the Digital Film Academy.
DFA: What attracted you to the Digital Film Academy?
SY: The opportunities that DFA presented.
DFA: What opportunities presented themselves to you?
SY: For one, I knew going in that what I learned would not only teach me how to use the equipment but how to excel in my field. Secondly, I knew what I was learning would apply to my everyday work.
DFA: What program did you take at the Digital Film Academy?
SY: One-Year Advanced.
DFA: What class did you like the most and why?
SY: I would say my favorite class here was the directing class, which was taught by Patrick DiRenna. It was one of my favorites because it gave me insight on how to direct an actor and how to make the audience feel how I want them to feel.
DFA: What are you currently working on?
SY: I am currently working on my thesis short film Double Dealing, which is in the post-production stages.
DFA: What is Double Dealing about?
SY: It’s about how my character Collin returns to New York after being gone for several years to visit a college friend who has been attacked by an unknown attacker.
DFA: Will you tell us why he’s being attacked?
SY: See the film!
DFA: When your thesis is completed, will you be submitting it to film festivals?
DFA: What is your area of expertise?
SY: Audio Engineering, but I also enjoy writing and directing.
DFA: What is your favorite piece of equipment to use and why?
SY: My favorite piece of equipment is the R88 which allows me to record sound for eight different channels and do a pre-mix before heading into post. Touch Screen is always awesome.
DFA: Who is your favorite director?
SY: You know, I would have to say Scorsese.
DFA: Give me your top three movies of all time?
SY: Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting, and The Departed.
DFA: Did any of these films influence your short film, Double Dealing?
SY: Maybe The Departed, but not really.
DFA: What is your favorite genre to watch? And is it different from the genre that you shoot?
SY: I would have to say I’m into the more sci-fi action type of films even though I mainly write suspense dramas.
DFA: What are your future plans?
SY: In the future I would like to do more writing and directing as well as start my own production company.
DFA: Any piece of advice for young, aspiring filmmakers?
SY: My advice is to have fun and believe in creative freedom.
By Digital Film Academy Student Blogger Harley Page.