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Stephen David: Emmy Nominee Tells His Side Of The Story
Stephen David is nominated for Three Emmys at Saturday's Creative Emmys taking place at the Nokia Theatre in downtown LA. His docu-series "The World Wars" for History Channel received nominations for best series, Outstanding Documentary Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Writing Nonfiction Series and Outstanding Sound Editing Non Fiction Series. I asked Stephen what did he do when he found out about his nominations. He responded, “ I screamed and ran up and down the hallway in excitement.”
Starting his career, David was going to school to get his MBA. He stated that he would watch over eight hours of television. He ended up moving to Los Angeles and got his first job working on location. From there he became a line producer then a producer. He was a screenwriter for seven years for studios. David states, “ It was a lot easier back then, than it is now. I sold the first script that I wrote in 1995. Back then they were buying a lot of scripts and now the TV market is what the screenwriting market used to be.” David encourages new screenwriters to write. “ Writing can be painful, but my best advice would be to do something you are passionate about and not what you think you should be passionate about.”
The producer, Stephen David, enjoys this part of his job. “ Being a producer you are able to push forward your future whereas as a writer, you kind of have to wait to move forward, “, David says. He states that he can do something about his writing as a producer. David is also the executive producer of “ The World Wars” which airs on the history channel. I asked David how he felt about being nominated in the same category again this year. He says, “ It’s so real. I know that many people struggle. To get to go to the Emmy’s is something you watch on TV. It’s awesome to be able to go twice.”
With David being so into history, I had to ask him how was it trying to find actors to replicate history? He chuckled and said, “ Some of them were lucky. Others it is their job to play look a likes of history, but the hardest part was to cast Hitler. With casting the young and old Hitler, it was difficult, we found the younger Hitler played by a guy named Matt, who looked just like him.” Wigs and prosthetics were used to play the adult Hitler to make it look as real as it could be.
David has another series coming out called “ Sons of Liberty” which is being filmed in Romania. He uses construction people and props to make it look like the 1760’s. “ The actors who are apart of this formed a bond and had to under way a lot of training horse back training, learning to fight, etc. Romania is far, but the production value is going to be great, “ David says.
Working hard over the years for David is definitely paying off. Being a writer, producer, executive producer, and more, David stays busy. But, this is a great thing. His work is phenomenal and viewers have taken notice of the passion he has for his work and with re-making history of his own. “ I do these type of productions because I am so into character and I’m fascinated by what people really did. I hope that when people learn about history that they have an emotional tie to it. Some normal documentaries are filled with just facts, but I want viewers to learn and as well be inspired.” David also has a project coming out called “ American Genius” which is about real stories behind inventions. On a normal day when David is not busy he loves to spend time with his family.