Who is Devon Avery?
Devon Avery is an award-winning director from London, England, currently living in Los Angeles.
Devon successfully pretended to be a geophysicist for more than ten years, before being exposed as a talented filmmaker in 2009.
His cover blown, he fled to Los Angeles and studied under some of the most eminent directors of modern cinema including Martin Scorsese on the set of Shutter Island, Christopher Nolan on the set of Inception, Clint Eastwood on the set of J. Edgar, and David Fincher on the set of Social Network.
Not bad. So, did he learn anything?
Unfortunately, all of those years around science exposed Devon to an excess of analytical thinking. This unintentionally crept in as he studied the varying approaches and styles of each director and every aspect of their movie-making process.
What about working with actors?
Believing that the highest level of communication and trust between the director and actors is essential for delivering truth in performance, Devon decided to learn what he could about the art of acting.
He worked with many great actors, including six months working alongside Forest Whittaker on the TV show Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which helped Devon develop a greater understanding of the acting process and a more efficient method of communication.
Any other filmmaking philosophies?
Devon believes story is key. Years spent editing video footage, both for himself and for others, has made him acutely aware of the need for efficient storytelling, and he believes that every beautifully framed shot should propel the story forward.
That’s all great, but the proof is in the pudding. What has he actually directed?
Following two made-for-TV Pilot presentations, Devon directed his first short film titled Practice Makes Perfect.
Released in 2013, this silent, three-minute movie shot in French romantic cinema style, has made Official Selection at many festivals around the world in countries such as Germany, France, Japan, Serbia, and the USA. It has, so far, won six international film awards including Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. The film also won the 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award, adding Devon to a prestigious winners list that includes Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Spike Lee.
His second short film titled One-Minute Time Machine was released in 2014 and has made Official Selection in multiple film festivals across the USA, UK, and the Academy-accredited Show Me Shorts Festival in New Zealand. This six-minute dark comedy has already won eight film awards including two for Best Editing. In December 2014, it won the Best Short Film award at the inaugural Other Worlds Austin sci-fi film festival. In 2015, it earned additional Best Short Film awards, Best Comedy, and Best Screenplay in the USA and UK.
Fair enough. What’s next?
For two years, Devon has worked on the development of a screenplay for his first feature film, titled SYNCED. The film is a complex sci-fi thriller driven by a powerful love story. Filming took place over three continents in Spring 2015, with production moving from the USA to Scotland and to Japan before returning to the USA. SYNCED will be the debut feature for actress Daisy Moore (grandniece of Roger Moore) and also showcases the talent of several rising stars, such as Nicholas Banks (Kingsman: Secret Service), alongside established British actors Niall Fulton (Cloud Atlas), Geoff McGivern (Episodes), and Eileen Nicholas (Trainspotting).
The unique, global nature of this independent film has already generated great interest with news of the filming broadcast on the Scottish Television Network and published in Japan's Sankei Shimbun national newspaper.
Devon will spend the rest of 2016 locked in a small, dark room editing SYNCED in preparation for a 2017 release.