Stephen Chiodo

With an incredible passion for making fantastic images become a reality, Stephen Chiodo has established himself as a highly creative director with an expertise in special effects and stop-motion animation. He perfected his animation and directorial skills at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was awarded "Best Young Director" at the Cannes Film Festival for a ten-minute short he wrote, produced and directed.

Moving from New York to Los Angeles, Stephen quickly established himself in a new market and co-wrote and directed the award-winning ABC After School Special, Cousin Kevin.

He has served as co-producer and visual effects supervisor for ABC’s All New Land of the Lost TV series as well as directing several episodes. Additionally, Stephen developed and executive produced with Howie Mandel the wacky effects-filled CBS series The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys.

For the company’s first feature film, the widely popular cult-classic Killer Klowns from OuterSpace, Stephen served as writer and director. Bouncing back and forth between movies, television and commercials, Stephen and company have received Emmy Awards for animation work on The Simpsons and the sci-fi mini-series Dune and the Cannes Film Festival’s Lion Award two years in a row for Japan’s Cup-A- Noodles campaign.

Over the years Stephen has worked with notable Hollywood directors as Joe Dante, Jon Faverau, John Landis, Matt Stone, and Trey Parker. He also worked closely with Tim Burton on a number of projects, most notably as a Technical Director and Animator for the acclaimed short Vincent for Disney.

Most recently Stephen has developed and directed pilots for CNN, ShowTime and the Disney Channel and has been sharing his experiences and knowledge by teaching stop motion animation at the prestigious California Institute of Art.