What's Your Story?

Welcome to Montyland Productions, your source for creative communications solutions across print, video, web, and live presentation.

All of us have stories to tell. Sometimes that story is about a product or service; sometimes it's an exploration of a concept; sometimes it's a staunch defense of an idea, belief, way of life or group of people.

My name is Stephen Montagna; I'm an east coast native who has made his home in Madison, WI since the early '90's. All my life I have been telling stories – as an actor, director, and writer on the stage and screen, a web master and media specialist, and as an activist in the community.

Let me help you tell your story...



Happening now

"dojo: the story of an American aikido school"

Documentary feature currently in post-production; I just dropped a new trailer:



You can also view the original trailer:



video promo reel for Bryan Reesman, Entertainment Reporter

Promo reel for entertainment reporter Bryan Reesman (http://www.bryanreesman.com), featuring interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Mark Wahlberg, and many others.

Ongoing Development

The Periodic Table of (human) Elements (aka: ptohe.com)

thumbnail of the Periodic Table of (Human) Elements

Originally created for the UW-Madison Office for Equity & Diversity (see below), as part of a brochure re-design, the PToHE continues to live and grow in its own right as a teaching tool for us all. A work in progress, the site is a placeholder awaiting a rainy day (or two) or a crackerjack coder (or two) to donate some time to take the static image and turn it into a fluid, end-user-editable teaching tool. Visit the site for more info...


I'm not only the MLP owner, I'm also a client! I recently did a polish on the animated version of my logo in Apple Motion.


cover - The Burden of Sexual Violence in Wisconsin, 2010 (pub. 2013)

part of my over-all design for the "Burden Report" while on staff at WCASA

cover, Burden Report

you can read more about the report and download a full version in PDF from WCASA's website...


Information Sheet re-design

one of several in the Information Sheet Series redesigned and updated for WCASA


thumbnail of orginal info sheet and After: thumbnai of redesigned info sheet

You can download a full PDF version of the WCASA Child Sexual Abuse Info Sheet Before & After [trigger warning].


UW-Madison Office for Equity & Diversity (OED) brochure re-design

originally hired in the spring of 2008 to help the OED Learning Communities polish and update the text of their brochure, I got hold of an idea (this often happens with me) and ended up redesigning the whole brochure from the ground up, graphics, slogans, and all...
[text, graphics, layout]


original brochure cover original brochure inside

and After:

redesigned brochure cover

redesigned brochure inside, thumbnail

PDF document download full brochure – 2.9MB


Bascom Hall OED display case re-design

subsequently, OED hired me to give their Bascom Hall kiosk a redux; again I got hooked on an idea (there’s an interesting story in this one)...
[design, image manipulation, copywriting, project management]

Display case before before / after Display case with Rosa Parks image



UW-Madison Center for Women's Health Research

web site design and maintenance, 2000–2006
link: http://www.womenshealth.wisc.edu

snapshot of CWHR home page


UW-Madison WISELI (Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute)

web site design and maintenance, 2002–2006
link: http://wiseli.engr.wisc.edu/

WISELI home page snapshot


Misc Video

Firefox Commercial

In 2006, Mozilla held a contest for a 30 second spot about the Firefox browser; I, wrote, shot, edited, animated, scored, and published my entry in three days with no budget, renting a Canon XL1, tripod, and light kit from Full Compass Systems. I didn’t win the contest, but I had a lot of fun!
[writing, shooting, editing, animation]

Stephen sits at his desk - freeze frame from video
(Quicktime m4v file, 2.8MB)