Steve Stafford the President of Studio Wings™ was raised on a cattle ranch in Montana and before beginning a career in the film industry, he served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps, receiving two meritorious citations. After leaving the Marines he studied acting, landing a three-year contract at Universal Studios. He was fascinated by what went on behind the camera and soon began working as key camera assistant and then A-camera operator under Academy Award winning cinematographers, Haskell Wexler and the late Conrad Hall.
In less than five years, he was shooting and directing action second units for both feature films and television. His work led to a contract with DDB Needham Worldwide in Chicago, directing national commercial campaigns. Concurrently, he produced and directed The Color of Evening, starring Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn. The AFI award winning independent film caught the eye of then CBS president, Jeff Sagansky. As a result, Steve directed a number of long form movies (MOW'S) for the network, as well as numerous one hour television episodes.
In the late nineties his friend, Harrison Ford, asked him to direct and choreograph the flying and crash sequences for Disney / Touchstone's "Six Days/Seven Nights". After the widely acclaimed success of his work on that film, Steve made the decision to become a full time motion picture pilot and aerial coordinator, realizing a long-standing desire to combine his film production knowledge with his love of aviation and extensive flight experience. He holds a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Science and has logged over 10,000 hours of pilot in command time.
Whether your project calls for a single aerial POV shot or a Sortie of FA-18 Super Hornets, Studio Wings™ has the creative talent and aerial production expertise to consistently bring in spectacular dailies. From breathtaking aerial cinematography, shot by the finest DP's in the industry, to the choreography, coordination and piloting of the most extreme helicopter and airplane stunt sequences imaginable, Studio Wings™ will exceed your expectations every shot, every time
FAA Ratings and Government Qualifications
Airline Transport Pilot Rating - Airplane, Single & Multi-Engine Instrument
Airline Transport Pilot Rating - Rotorcraft-Helicopter Instrument
Commercial Pilot Rating - Seaplane, Single & Multi-Engine
Flight Instructor Rating - Airplane, Single & Multi-Engine Instrument
Flight Instructor Rating - Rotorcraft-Helicopter Instrument
US Federal Government - Office Of Aircraft Services Qualified