This past week word went up around Atlanta that Scott Stephens passed away unexpectedly at home. Scott was among that group of people who, in the 1980’s, helped forge the professional film and commercial community that exists in Atlanta today and was one of the earliest members of the IATSE Local 479, the Atlanta chapter of a professional union for motion picture technicians. Scott worked between Atlanta and Los Angeles as a Propmaster on feature films and television series, but his heart always led him back to the South. Ironically, his heart would occasionally fell him in the height of battle – Scott had heart disease. Everyone who knows Scott has heard some version of the story of how he had a heart attack while on the set of “Dances With Wolves”. That had to be a great story for Scott to break out at wrap parties as film crews are always trying to top each other with the weird and wild things they’ve witnessed on set.
While I never personally worked with Scott, and only occasionally spoke with him, I respected his work and was glad to know that Atlanta had someone with his caliber associated with our town.
Even though Scott tended to come off as a gruff curmudgeon, he was a good guy and had a lot of friends up and down the production food chain and will be remembered with love and respect by people in Atlanta, Los Angeles and around the world.
A service is scheduled to be held for Scott on October 2nd at the H.M.Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel in Atlanta. An exact time has not yet been set, check with the chapel for confirmation of the service date and time: (404) 876-1022