Steve Miner

Director, Editor, Producer
Steve Miner has had a prolific and varied career directing for television and features and encompassing genres as varied as horror and romance. Following a production career in industrial and educational films, Miner ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1951 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (43)

Chasing Life 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Switched at Birth 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Make It or Break It 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

The Gates 1987 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wonder Years 1987 - 2001, 2003 - 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Eureka 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Day of the Dead (Remake) 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Wildfire 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Against the Grain 1987 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Chicago Hope 1987 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Diagnosis Murder 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Felicity 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Jake 2.0 1987 - 1993, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Kate Brasher 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Laurie Hill 1987 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

North Shore 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Relativity 1987 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Summerland 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Practice 1987 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Wasteland 1987 - 1993, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Karen Sisco 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Miss Match 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Smallville 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Lake Placid 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Never Love a Thief 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Dawson's Creek 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Halloween: H2O 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Big Bully 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

My Father, the Hero 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Elvis 1987 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Maverick Square 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Warlock 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

B-Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

House 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Soul Man 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Friday the 13th - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Stitchers (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (4)

Warlock 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

Producer (Associate Producer)

Here Come the Tigers 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (2)

Here Come the Tigers 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Case of the Full Moon Murders 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)
Production Management (1)

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)
Actor (1)

Friday the 13th - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

Newscaster (Actor)

Biography

Steve Miner has had a prolific and varied career directing for television and features and encompassing genres as varied as horror and romance. Following a production career in industrial and educational films, Miner began his professional feature work as an editor on films helmed by Sean S Cunningham, starting out with "The Case of the Full Moon Murders" (1973) and "Here Come the Tigers" (1978). In 1980, inspired by the success of John Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978) the two endeavored to make their own independent horror film, and began the summer camp set gore classic "Friday the 13th" series. Miner served as associate producer and unit production manager on the first film, with Cunningham taking directing duties. For the follow-up, 1981's "Friday the 13th Part 2", Miner produced the film and made his directorial debut with a script that read like a primer on the conventions of horror films. Faring better was the third installment, appropriately titled "Friday the 13th - Part 3", incorporating more scares and suspense and less predictability and needless nudity. This chapter of the prolific series was shown in theaters in an especially involving 3D version and marked Miner's cameo acting debut as a newscaster.

Milestones

2001

Helmed the revisionist Western "Texas Rangers", starring James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott

1999

Directed "Lake Placid", an adventure film starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and a 35 foot alligator; script by David E Kelley

1999

Reteamed with Williamson as director of the TV series "Wasteland", chronicling six struggling twentysomethings in New York

1998

Was a producer of the popular series "Dawson's Creek" (The WB), and directed the first four episodes; initial collaboration with Kevin Williamson

1998

Directed the unsold CBS pilot "Sherwood's Travels" (aired on Pax TV as the TV-movie "Never Love a Thief")

1998

Directed the popular horror sequel "Halloween: H20", starring Jamie Lee Curtis and co-executive produced by Williamson

1997

Directed episodes of the TV dramas "Diagnosis: Murder" (CBS), "Relativity" and "The Practice" (both ABC)

1996

Was the director of the comedy "Big Bully"

1994

Directed an episode of the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"

1994

Directed the romantic comedy "My Father, The Hero" starring Gerard Depardieu

1993

Steered the pilot episode of the NBC drama "Against the Grain"

1992

Helmed the touching drama "Forever Young"

1990

Directed episodes of the short-lived series "Elvis" (ABC)

1989

Produced and directed the supernatural thriller "Warlock", starring Julian Sands and Richard E Grant

1988

Directed the pilot episode of ABC's "The Wonder Years"

1988

Served as supervising producer (and a recurring director) for the first season and a half of "The Wonder Years"; received Emmy nomination for directing the episode "Birthday Boy"

1986

Directed the comedy "Soul Man", the story of a man who pretends to be black in order to attend Harvard Law School

1986

Helmed the horror comedy "House"

1982

Directed and had a cameo role as a newscaster in "Friday the 13th - Part 3", the third installment of the horror film series

1981

Feature directorial debut, "Friday the 13th Part 2"; also producer

1980

Was associate producer and unit production manager for "Friday the 13th", directed by Cunningham

1978

Produced and edited the feature "Here Come the Tigers", helmed by Cunningham

1973

First professional credit as editor for "The Case of the Full Moon Murders"; credited as Stephen Miner; also first collaboration with director Sean S Cunningham

Raised in Westport, Connecticut

Began career as a production assistant for industrial films

Worked in production and post-production for Time-Life Corporation educational films

Bonus Trivia

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"Suspense and scary moments are created by nothing happening so much. But you've got to be careful having nothing happening for too long. It'll get boring. Same thing with having the same thing happening too often - it's boring. You have to have chase and humor and scares and suspense and I just try and mix it all together and keep moving. It's just trying to get the rhythms of it going, keeping the rhythms going and knowing where you can back off and knowing where you can keep the frame open and have people expect something to happen and how long you can keep that going without making it happen." --Miner on setting the rhythm of a horror film while keeping the boredom factor in check, quoted at HALLOWEENMOVIES.COM, July 12, 1998

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