Who is Devon Avery?
Devon Avery is an award-winning director from London, England, currently living in Los Angeles.
Avery 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 Avery 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, Avery 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 Avery develop a greater understanding of the acting process and a more efficient method of director-actor communication.
Any other filmmaking philosophies?
Avery 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?
Avery most recently directed and edited a sci-fi thriller feature film titled Synced.
Earlier in his career, Avery directed some made-for-TV pilot presentations and a couple of extremely popular, award-winning short films.
His first short film was titled Practice Makes Perfect. This sweet film about youthful innocence and young love, shot in a French romantic cinema style, screened with huge success at film festivals all over the world, winning numerous awards—including the coveted 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award—adding Avery to a prestigious winners list that includes Steven Spielberg, Mike Leigh, and Robert Zemeckis.
Practice Makes Perfect also garnered numerous distribution deals, including the rare-for-a-short-film distinction of receiving nationwide USA theatrical distribution and opening for Oscar-nominated films in 2014.
Avery's second short film, titled One-Minute Time Machine, is a dark comedy, completed in 2014. The five-minute film went on to enjoy yet greater film festival success and was a viral hit on YouTube with 1 million views in its first 24 hours.
I've seen that short film!
A lot of people have. It has been translated into numerous languages and remade by fans in several countries, including Russia, South Korea, and India.
Is Synced a feature-length version of One-Minute Time Machine?
No. It does include time travel elements, but Synced is not a comedy, and there's no little black box with a big red button.
Can you tell us more?
Synced is an intense sci-fi thriller driven by a powerful love story. Filming took place over two years in the U.S., Scotland, and Japan. Synced will be the debut feature for actress Daisy Moore (grandniece of Roger Moore) and also showcases the talent of several rising stars, including 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 strong media interest with press releases featured and Avery interviewed on the Scottish Television Network and in Japan's Sankei Shimbun national newspaper.