Stephen Preston

CWVFF Speaker2018

Stephen is CEO of Red Sky Studios, a full service production/post-production team of creatives with one goal:  Entertain and reveal Truth to a hurting & confused world. Stephen felt God’s call on his life from an early age to reach people with the Gospel of Christ and it soon became evident that entertainment and the arts were a powerful avenue to do that. Starting with sound for live concerts and moving to recording studios, radio work and finally Technical Director for the largest evangelical church in New England, God was training him for something bigger.

In 2005, newly engaged to be married and working at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA, Stephen got a call from Jon Erwin. They had met at Word of Life Bible Institute four years prior, had become great friends, and knew that they would work together someday. Jon told Stephen about a project they were working on called The Cross and the Towers, a documentary about 9/11. He said that he and his brother Andy make fantastic “silent films” and that they need help with this project. Stephen (and Theresa) had many conversations about the opportunity in Birmingham, AL and in God’s timing it all worked out. Stephen knew sound for concerts and studio work well, but film and documentary work was a new and different opportunity. God’s call was clear. Stephen and Theresa got married in October, went to Aruba for their honeymoon, and moved to Alabama the following week to start this new adventure.

Through many hours, weeks, months and years, Stephen learned (and is still learning) the art of sound for visual storytelling. Romans 10:17 is a constant reminder that hearing and clearly understanding the word of God is imperative for faith. The Erwin Brothers knew how critical it was to get the sound right for their projects and they did many projects together including October Baby, Mom’s Night Out, Woodlawn and I Can Only Imagine releasing Spring 2018. Though Stephen’s main focus was on sound, it wasn’t always a need. That’s when he would dive into learning more in depth about the production and post-production process and where he could use his skills. In addition to Sound Designer and Sound Mixer, he also served in roles as Lighting Director, DIT, Playback Operator, and Post-Production Supervisor.

In 2014, Stephen became part of Red Sky Studios and began leading the team through production and post-production projects starting with the movie Woodlawn. God’s call for Stephen that started over 20 years (hundreds of concerts and over 24 films) ago remains just as true today — use the tools that He has given you for His glory!

Connect with Stephen Preston: Official Website / Facebook / Vimeo / IMDb