Steve Donovan

My day job is freelance producer/director.

Companies and corporations hire me to function as their project manager and creative director, typically for video campaigns.

Over the past decade our industry has moved from one-stop, video production houses to these services being delivered by a team of freelancers. I’m the person who drives the creative, creates your script, pulls all the elements together and keeps your budget in check.

I love everything about working in video—video people are my tribe.

I studied mass communication at a small school in Pennsylvania and worked for a series of video production houses and television affiliates. I came to Madison in 2000 and have been here ever since—I found a home and I just love this city.

I don’t work in a set genre; if you look at my website, you’ll see my projects are all over the place. I’m able to quickly adapt to different topics and styles—inspirational, educational, a bit of both. I think I do a good job homing in on the key story and making it entertaining and informative.

I like the tech side—anyone who knows me knows I enjoy a gadget—but the creative aspect is more important. I love being able to work as an artist.

My most memorable caffeine was the coffee I picked up at my favorite local coffee shop right before my wife (at the time) and I headed to the hospital for the birth of my firstborn. We were living in Lexington, Kentucky, right on the main street. I stopped at Common Grounds, the coffee shop next door to our house. We were friends with the owners and they asked what I was up to for the day. “Having a baby” was my answer. When we drove by a few minutes later, the owner and his wife popped out and waved us on.

My current caffeine of choice is black coffee.

My favorite place for caffeine is n + 1 coffee & beer café in Verona. The name references the number of bikes one needs— “n” is whatever number you currently have.

The owners, Jessica and Pete, also own Rocket Bicycle Studio. They have great coffee and craft beer, making them a good destination no matter what time of day.

The people I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with are my mom and dad and my kids.

My parents have both been dead for a number of years. My mom died before my kids were born; my oldest was alive before my dad died and knew him well as a small child.

I can’t decide if it would be hard or nice to have us all together.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: bridging the gap between all our views. We’re all one tribe and the things we have in common far outnumber the ways we’re different.