Evey Swayland and Her Passion For Film And The Arts

Evey Swayland is an interesting person. Yes, that is an understatement. We should probably rephrase that to say: Evey Swayland is someone whose photograph should be in the dictionary next to the phrase “Role Model.” She is a filmmaker who has always wanted to be in the film industry and she made the supreme sacrifice to attend university and learn how to make movies even when she hated school and sitting through boring lectures because knew that she could have gotten the same education by watching YouTube instead. She is a role model because of all that and because she seems to always get what she goes after no matter what she has to give up or sacrifice on a personal level.

Soon thereafter, and we do mean soon – four months after leaving school, she was working on one of the great TV shows, The Grand Tour, which took her around the world and she ultimately became the personal assistant to the popular hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and John May. She also worked on the high budget films Bond 25, directed by Cary Fukunaga, and Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher. She also worked on top TV shows like Midsomer Murders, The Tourist Trap Rugby Special, The Crown, The split, and Sky Sports.

Once she is hired, Evey somehow makes herself indispensable to the producers and crew. We imagine them saying to themselves, “How did we get along before Evey joined our team?” And they would be right to ask themselves that because she brings so much to the set: tons of hands on experience, production know how, prep work for shoots, crowd management, local marshaling, GPS and mapping long distance travel with large convoys, movement orders, shipping abroad, research documents for talent, assisting directors, liazing with cast, in other words, she fully understands all production necessities and responsibilities.

Besides the big productions, Evey has also thrived on smaller films. As mentioned above, she wrote, produced and directed Belle, which won Best Female Director at Cardiff Film Festival. She also produced, wrote and directed Cold Pavements, which won high praise in several film festivals. She also produced several other multi-award-winning short films: Unfound, Needless Things and Let Go.

Her advice for aspiring filmmakers: Faith is also a big player. I came from a rural town with one parent and bad grades, but fight or flight stepped in and I have never lost the determination to better myself.

About the Author:

Sameeha is a blogger who has a love for creativity and enjoys writing about film, TV, and Music.

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