Career Dive: Filmmaking


Illustration by Grace Edgeworth

Does the technology of cameras and the science of editing clips and putting them together interest you? If you’re anything like me, the answer is no. But for those of you who do find technology and film alluring, you should take a look at the career of filmmaker Ori Evans.

Evans works at an advertising agency, where he creates commercials that have to please the client and appeal to an audience of potential customers. Evan’s day starts out in his office with a team of five people. With a small team and numerous clients, Evans has to get right to work editing film and photos. I wonder what it’s like to not procrastinate for hours before deciding to be productive, but Evans said he loves what he does and spends almost all day thinking of new video ideas.

Beginning with his educational path to becoming a professional filmmaker, Evans said he really didn’t have much of one. He took a few film classes in high school and then created a documentary from the ground up after graduating instead of attending film school. According to Evans, filmmaking is a craft that is best learned through experience, rather than through an expensive institution. In other words, college is a scam, but we knew that.

Creating a documentary from the ground up was not easy for Evans. Along with the artistic aspect of filming, there was also the managerial side. Evans had to develop the story, schedule meetings with people involved in the production process and travel to shooting locations. However, creating his first documentary, along with a few internships, gave Evans enough experience to join his advertising company, Origami.

Through his company, Evans has been able to meet some big names. For example, Evans got to film Shaq giving away printers. I don’t really know why printers were given away, but the fact that he met Shaq is the main takeaway here. In addition to being able to meet big celebrities, Evans gets to work with big companies like Winstar. Of course, there is the stress of filming and editing for a big company and traveling back and forth from the shooting location and his office, but Evans’ passion for his craft is what fuels him.

Even with the rewards that come with filmmaking, there are some obstacles. When he started out, Evans found that overcoming self doubt was a big issue. Because filmmaking is a creative field that does not require the artist to follow a certain rule book, Evans found that he didn’t really have a way to gauge his progress. However, he quickly solved this issue by surrounding himself with more experienced coworkers and watching them work.

If you would like to work in a field that exposes you to artistic and technical aspects, you should consider filmmaking. Personally, cameras and editing are about as interesting to me as a terms and condition page, but if you have a passion for creating films, there’s no reason why you should not pursue it. If you asked Evans, he would say, “There’s nothing stopping you, so just get some equipment — not an iPhone, but an actual camera — that you can get your hands on and just play around.”