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Steven William Markowitz


  • Currently enrolled at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • Master of Fine Arts, Film and Television Production, School of Cinematic Arts
  • Graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester New York
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film and Animation Major, Creative Writing Minor
    • GPA: 3.75/4.00 plus approximately 20 hours of work study per week


  • Thesis Film Hands of Flame won Audience Choice for Best Animated Film at Sedona International Film Festival, Best Animated Film at Carmel International Film Festival and is an official selection in thirty film festivals
  • Member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society


Creative Consultant for InspireMÁS, March 2015 to Present
Produced by Edi Santos, Los Angeles, California

  • Lead the media team to communicate the vision of InspireMÁS as a motivational tool and learning center for students, parents, and veterans, as well as a life-coaching service for all those in need
  • Create a team to produce a series of short animated films to tell the life story of Edi Santos, the CEO of the company and an intensely personal motivational speaker hoping to inspire students in Los Angeles
  • Direct a documentary, video and audiobook series to produce an online library of inspirational and educational content

Producer/Animation Director for The Couples 25 Plus Project, December 2014 to July 2015
Directed by Robert Ogner, Los Angeles, California

  • Assemble a team to produce animated segments interacting with live action footage for a documentary film pitch
  • Animate a young couple learning from and responding to live action couples who have been married for over twenty five years to help invest audiences in the emotional and educational aspects of the film



Director of Render Wranglers, April 2013 to May 2014
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Hire and train employees, construct schedules and facilitate communicate between students and faculty

Managing Editor, February 2013 to May 2014
Reporter Magazine, Rochester New York

  • Lead a team of writers, editors and artists in the production of all aspects of the monthly magazine
  • Train new writers and editors to maintain a consistent, professional level of quality
  • Plan, schedule, and edit all content for both online and print articles while directing the magazine and its staff towards the new age of digital journalism

Features Editor, January 2012 to December 2012
Reporter Magazine, Rochester New York

  • Generate and pitch story ideas that both appeal to student interests and cover relevant topics, and leading writers to produce six pages of content per week
  • Investigate a variety of topics from local to global issues while interviewing the people who were innovating in and will one day define the future of their respective industries

REFERENCES: (please ask for contact information)
Mark Reisch                  Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology
Joanne Storkan             Executive Producer, Honest Engine Films