Evan Staley is the creator of Evan W. Staley Films (ewsfilms.com), a production team that focuses on a wide range of video products, from book trailers and commercials to music videos and short films. Film making has been a passion for Evan since elementary school days, where a viewing of The Lord of the Rings movies spurred him to craft his own 2-part epic, featuring 30 of his third grade classmates. From there, he moved on to creating short films and documentaries, including one that earned Best Documentary in a local film festival.
He also began to professionally direct and produce music videos for rap artists and other music groups near his hometown, Dayton, in southwestern Ohio. He has expanded his horizons even further by adding wedding videos, mini-documentaries, and comedy skits to his growing portfolio. For the past two years he has been producing book trailers for publishers and authors around the U.S., and he truly believes that the synthesis between writing and film/television can be a powerful and inspirational combination.
Evan is currently a student at Columbia College in Chicago where he is majoring in cinema and video production arts. His ultimate plan is to direct feature length films but has yet to decide whether he wants to call Hollywood home. He is inspired by the ability of film and video to pull someone into an alternate universe and allow them to experiment with their own passion, potential, and problems by freeing them from real-world constraints. It is his dream to infuse other people with the same positive and inspirational energy he gets from watching movies.
In his freetime you can find him snowboarding, camping/backpacking through the wilderness, or, of course, watching movies. Fantasy (i.e. “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones”), action (i.e. “The Bourne Trilogy,” any 007 movie, “300”), indie/low budget (i.e. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Shame”) and drama (i.e. “The King’s Speech,” “Inception,” “A Dangerous Method”) are some of his favorite genres. A recent six week venture to Japan stimulated his interest in Anime, and he is now watching shows like “Cowboy Bebop” and “Naruto”.
Evan looks forward to working hand in hand with a number of talented authors and helping them market their own hard work and passion.