Kevin Severson (1965-2010)

Kevin Severson was, first and foremost, a writer. He brought creative energy and direction to 1947 Entertainment Inc., providing ideas which don't just entertain, but stimulate even more ideas from the team, as well as our audience. Not simply a paper mill, Kevin had a highly visual imagination, which was conducive with creating exciting, provocative film and television drama.

BACKGROUND (autobiography)

A product of the Television Era, I have lived and breathed science fiction since 1972. In that magical year, cable came to the tiny upstate New York town in which I lived, making it possible for me to watch Star Trek three times a day. The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Logan's Run, Battlestar Galactica, all these and many more added color to the rapidly forming tapestry of my narrative. Beyond television alone, the writings of Issac Assimov, Larry Niven, J.R.R. Tolkien and Ray Bradbury provided major influence.

After graduation, I switched my focus from studying science fiction and fantasy to studying Humanity. As a truck driver, I have visited every one of the lower forty eight states, except North Dakota. The Army taught me more about the human condition than I could have imagined, not to mention how to get things done. I have taken part in the founding of three non-profit community organizations, and committed multiple acts of fan fiction, of which I am actually proud. In the science fiction fandom community, I am considered a Class 2 fan, able to bandy about episode titles and high level trivia while still capable of moving in normal American society.

What I developed over these formative years was a tremendous respect for the power of words, and how people use them to move forward in their lives. My first standard for a project is "Have something to say." Writing, and by extension filmmaking, is an act of communication, so be clear on what it is you want to share with your audience. Everything flows from that. I have spent years watching, studying people, and learning about how the world works, and having found my voice; my desire is to share it with the world.

While my ability to use the Internet as a research tool has proven invaluable, my finest skill is my ability to listen, which has made collaboration with my partners and associates in 1947 Entertainment a dream. I am endlessly thrilled by what the seeds of my scripts grow into, under their collective talents.

Note: Kevin Severson, age 45, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 30, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, son Marcus and daughter Rebecca.