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Meet Kenny Stadelmann

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenny Stadelmann.

Hi Kenny, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a Swiss video producer. I have always been fascinated by the art of filmmaking and my mother being a photographer sparked my love for creating images at a young age. Growing up, I was filming a lot of short sketches and trailers for fictional movies starring my family members and pets, trying to mimic the “Hollywood” look as good as possible. (In one of the pictures I submitted, my brother and mom are next to me.)

I remember reading a ton of books about filmmaking and binge-watching behind the scenes in order to learn as much about filming and editing as I could. My dad’s friend owned a photo and video equipment store where I often got my hands on cameras. Even defective ones which I started opening up to learn more about the technical side of film and photography. As I was also very keen on mechanics and electronics, inspired by my dad working in the technical field, I did a little detour becoming an electronics technician. After I gained a lot of knowledge from a technical perspective, I decided to return to my artistic roots which led me to study Multimedia Production / Media Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in Switzerland. Subsequently, I continued to hone my craft at UCLA through the extension program in Entertainment Studies. In the last 15 years, I was able to work on a variety of projects from short films over fashion and product videos to global campaigns. My background includes working with such names as Swiss International Air Lines, UCLA, BMW, and GF Piping Systems.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been quite a ride. The film industry is a competitive and fast-moving industry. This was a given challenge. Moreover, growing up in Switzerland, the film industry and the tools to create content on a level that is possible today didn’t exist or were not easily accessible back then. So while I knew what my dream was, it was not as easy to get where I wanted to be. I’m really glad that I kept pushing myself over the years, and I’m incredibly thankful that my family always supported me on my journey.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a videographer and video editor. Given my technical background as an electronics technician, I love staying on top of the newest trends and technology that can further enhance video production and might even elevate my craft into a completely new direction. My main focus at the moment is on industrial and corporate projects where I film and edit interview situations and work on global campaigns. Speaking German and English comes in handy when working with different stakeholders in this sector.

I’m definitely most proud of the global campaigns I’ve been working on since they entail an incredible amount of collaboration and planning.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The pandemic has shown me that digitalization brings a lot of opportunities, can simplify processes, and increase flexibility.

I think technology-wise we are seeing some really nice developments that will further enhance the way we can create, tell, and share stories. I am really excited for what’s to come!

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