Avery's first full-length feature film is a tense sci-fi thriller with time travel elements and a complex love story at its core.
Without the backing of a major studio, it is common practice for first-time feature film directors to choose a simple story, set in a single location, and featuring only a small, intimate cast. Synced is none of those things.
Synced was filmed in Scotland, Japan, and the United States over two years with a large cast of talented actors from Britain, Norway, Spain, Japan, and the United States.
Avery's story about a man trying to pick up a woman with the use of a "magic" box with a button—which allows him multiple chances at achieving his goal—was adapted to a screenplay by TV writer Sean Crouch and brought to life on screen by actors Brian Dietzen and Erinn Hayes. The film follows a basic time loop format—with an unexpected dark twist.
While One-Minute Time Machine was shot in only eight hours, Avery then spent nearly 12 months perfecting the edit. He wanted the film to begin slowly—lowering audience expectations with "Oh, this is just another Groundhog Day"—and then ramp up rapidly to the unexpected twist and comedic payoff, and it wasn't until Avery risked removing the funniest joke from the edit that the film finally achieved a natural comedic rhythm that he was happy with.
One-Minute Time Machine screened at film festivals all over the world, winning numerous awards before Avery gave permission to the Sploid Short Film Festival to release the film on YouTube. An instant internet sensation, Avery's film went viral, with 1 million views in the first 24 hours and 2 million in the first week.
One-Minute Time Machine was the top trending item on Reddit and Digg during July of 2015 and caught instant, international attention and worldwide fans. The film has been translated into numerous languages, including Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and even Azerbaijani. There have also been numerous remakes filmed and performed, both on stage and on set, throughout the world.
This is the first film in Avery's multi-genre short film love trilogy: a pure romance capturing one of the most simple and innocent times of our love lives.
A beautiful two-page screenplay, written by London-based writer Mark Palis, caught Avery's imagination, and he chose to film it in a classic, French cinematic style. Working with only a limited budget, Avery was informed by numerous Hollywood producers that the production would be "impossible": shooting with children at night would prove too challenging, the need for a public bus was insurmountable, and filming on any street in Los Angeles would be prohibitively expensive. However, with the help of an incredible crew led by talented cinematographer Christos Bitsakos and two amazing first-time actors (with very helpful parents), the film was successfully shot over three weekends—in L.A.—at a cost of only $800.
Shot as a silent film and driven by a powerful score composed by first-time film composer Jamie Harper, Practice Makes Perfect won numerous awards at festivals all over the world, including Best Soundtrack for an International Short film at the Music and Sound Awards announced in Cannes. Avery also won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Award, joining previous recipients that include Mike Leigh, Stephen Spielberg, and Robert Zemeckis.
The film 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.
Practice Makes Perfect has been described as a Pixar film with live actors.
The Last Preacher is a concept for a TV show that was born out of a meeting with actor and martial artist,
Sam Medina (Savages, Bad Lieutenant: New Orleans, GI Joe 2)
Shot with a small crew in the California desert, with cinematography by Dave Hirschman (Justified, About a Boy).
Fragged is a British television pilot presentation written by David Solomons (Not Another Happy Ending) and starring Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Boy Meets World). Shot with a twenty-six person crew from shows including NBC's Chuck and HBO's Tru Blood. With original music composed by Clint Mansell (The Fountain, Black Swan) and Jeff Rona (Gods of War). These three scenes show how life has changed for Paul Logan after one of his video game characters came to life and is causing havoc in his workplace.