With over a decade of experience in the film industry SJ Evans has produced a variety of projects including features, critically acclaimed short films, documentaries and corporate films that have featured the likes of Danny DeVito, Dominic Cooper, Jessie Eisenberg, Tony Curtis, Luke Evans, Tony Todd, Daniel Radcliffe, Liv Tyler and Edgar Wright and many more. SJ wonderfully took some time out from his ever busy schedule to take part in the FromPage2Screen ‘Spending Time With…online series or articles and Im sure you will agree that this makes for a fun and interesting read.
What’s the most Starstruck you have been?
I think it has to be when I met Dustin Hoffman. Growing up he was one of the most revered and respected actors in the World so to spend time with him was amazing. He was so humble and nice.
What was one of the most memorable films you saw as a child?
Amadeus. I remember watching it on TV with my family when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I was transfixed by it which considering it wasn’t Star Wars or Indiana Jones shows what a great film it is to keep a kids attention. I think it was from that point my film tastes expanded.
What is one of the best pieces of advice given?
It’s not necessarily advice given but something I learnt, and that is the film industry is a business run by accountants. No matter how creative or imaginative you want to be, if you want proper levels of money to make your film it has to make sense financially to the penny counters.
Have you ever gotten someone’s autograph?
Hell yeah, I used to film the official videos for MCM Comic Con for 10 years so got to meet loads of cool actors and would normally ask for a cheeky autograph if there was anyone I was a fan of. Also I regularly go to other comic cons to meet people I like.
Which is the most memorable for you?
Probably Michael J. Fox. Not only do I LOVE ‘Back to the Future’, but I also met my wife in the queue!
Do you have any traditions that you have when you are involved in a project?
Not really. The only thing is that I always put “no egos allowed” on all my call sheets if I’m producing or directing. There’s nothing worse than someone on set thinking they are better than everyone else. I don’t care if you’re the lead actor, cinematographer or runner, we are all there on set as a team to make the best film possible.
Out of all the projects which most proud of?
I produced a short film called ‘Done In’. The film’s written and directed by Adam Stephen Kelly and is absolutely outstanding. Guy Henry plays the lead and his performance is breath-taking. Just everything about it from the shoot, to it being selected in Cannes Film Festival has been a joy. It’s available to watch on Amazon Prime if anyone wants to watch it? 😉
What film scares you?
I think I’m quite desensitized to most horror now and rarely jump at films anymore, but I do really enjoy The Conjuring films, and Freddy still creeps me out after watching the original way too young (think I was 10)!
What is ONE coolest geek thing you own?
I have been an extra on Doctor Who a few times and have some props from those episodes, but my coolest is probably my framed ‘The Munsters’ autographs.
When interviewed prefer face, phone or email?
Definitely email! I can take my time answering things, and try and sound more intelligent.
Last album listened too?
The Cranberries, ‘In the End’. Brilliant album but so sad to think it’ll be their last after Dolores died.
What project working on?
I’ve got a few on the go. I’ve got a comedy I’m directing called ‘A League Apart’ written by the amazing Robin Bell. I’m also producing a creature feature called ‘In to the Grey’ which will be directed by Adam Spinks, who I worked with on Extinction. I’m also in development of the horror comedy Dai of the Dead, an exceedingly funny film by Richard Williams.
Projects most proud of?
Think my proudest moment so far was walking in to HMV and seeing my first feature (Tattoos; A Scarred History) on the shelves. It really was a dream come true.
Sit and chat with who for two hours?
Vince McMahon, chairman of WWE. I’m a huge wrestling fan and would love the opportunity to pick his brain about creating characters, storylines and producing live TV 52 weeks a year.
Most difficult thing about creative journey?
Easy, raising finance. It feels like banging your head against a brick wall for five years before someone takes pity on you and hands you some money.
Most enjoyable about creative journey?
Being on set collaborating. There is no better feeling being stood on set watching actors bring your words to life, and looking at the set knowing it matches your vision.