Evan Matthews

Evan Matthews

Director and screenwriter in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County, California

About Evan

Following his BA in Film Critical Studies from UC Riverside and internship under legendary producer Mike Medavoy (Phoenix Pictures), Evan's career expanded from live event award shows (MTV Movie Awards) to scripted ("24") and reality tv (Survivor, Apprentice) to documentaries (An Inconvenient Truth) and feature films (The Hollow, InSight).

In 2010, Evan parlayed his industry experience to earning his Masters from USC's School of Cinematic Arts -- in writing and directing -- where Evan finished his epic sci-fi thesis film Recoil (2014), winning 9 awards, with 17 nominations in over 50 festivals around the world which landed him representation at Circle of Confusion.

In addition to screenwriting and directing, Evan shoots for Harper's Bazaar and Esquire magazine, edits on multiple platforms, and produced 265 VFX shots for his short film.


Name: Evan Matthews

Lives in: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County, California

Occupation: Director and Screenwriter

Credits

  • I Am Become Death

    I Am Become Death (2015)
    Film (Short, Action, History and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer Robert Oppenheimer, the real-life creator of the atomic bomb, travels back in time to prevent himself from detonating it.

  • Recoil

    Recoil (2014)
    Film (Short, Adventure, Drama and Sci-Fi) Director When discovering a deep space distress call from his estranged brother, Marshall must choose to save himself or venture into the unknown for a chance at redemption.

  • August's Claim

    August's Claim (2011)
    Video (Short, Action, Adventure and Western) Director This Western follows isolated rancher, John August, as he struggles to care for his son and sickly wife, Claire. Her illness is beyond John's abilities and must seek help. Conflicted whether to leave his family alone in the wilderness of the 1870s, he entrusts his son, James, with his pistol and to watch over his mother while he travels to town. While alone, James discovers riders on the hillside coming his way. John returns to his invaded home amongst shots fired, chaos and confusion. The outlaws search the ranch grounds, evening John's odds to take them out, one by one. Lives hang in the balance between gun play, horses, and barn fights, taking August's Claim to a high stakes crescendo in this 10 minute short. Written by Anonymous

  • Made by Me

    Made by Me (2011)
    Film (Documentary, Short and Biography) Editor 'Made By Me' explores the connection between three Los Angeles artists and their crafts, by immersing the viewer in each creative process. The result is a lyrical piece celebrating handmade goods in a world of mass-production. Sam Moyer uses the natural shape of wood as a guide to design tables, desks, and chairs. James Romero builds custom bikes from old bike frames and scraps of metal. Joe Cariati blows glass with the skill of his Venetian predecessors, and yet achieves an aesthetic unmistakably his own. Written by Anonymous

  • Gettin' Through Life with Mickey Rourke

    Gettin' Through Life with Mickey Rourke (2010)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Director A PSA spoof short film about how has Mickey Rourke has gotten this far in life? Well here are a few of his tips you gotta make sure you follow.

  • Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights (2009)
    Film (Short, Drama and Family) Director A drama in which Sergeant Nia Carter must return from Afghanistan after tragedy strikes back home.

  • The Apprentice

    The Apprentice (2007 - 2008)
    Television (Reality-TV and Game-Show) Executive Assistant "The Apprentice" is a 15-episode unscripted drama in which 16 candidates from all walks of life, including both Ivy League MBA graduates and street entrepreneurs with no college education, will endure rigorous tasks each week while living together in a hip Manhattan loft apartment. The tasks will test their intelligence, chutzpah and street-smarts. They will face the challenges of living in close quarters and must compete sometimes humorous but always difficult job assignments and will be forced to think outside the box in order to outshine each other to get to the top. Upon their arrival to New York City (some for the very first time), the 16 candidates will be rushed over to Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump, the centerpiece and driving force of this series. After splitting the group into two teams of 8, Trump then issues the first task. Teams will be given time constraints for each task and they will be observed by either Trump himself or members of his staff at every moment ... Written by NBC

  • 2008 MTV Movie Awards

    2008 MTV Movie Awards (2008)
    Television (Music) Producer *MTV Movie Awards - June 1, 2008 (*the show where you can guess who has won by who has actually bothered attending) Host Mike Myers ... See full synopsis »

  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

    Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (2007)
    Television (Family and Game-Show) Executive Assistant A quiz show that features adult contestants and questions directly from the textbooks of first through fifth graders.

  • The Contender

    The Contender (2006 - 2007)
    Television (Action, Sport, Reality-TV and Game-Show) Executive Assistant Hosts Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard give 16 young boxing hopefuls a shot at the big time in this Mark Burnett and Jeffrey Katzenberg reality drama. The Contender will delve into the lives of each of the boxers as they work their way to a million dollar paycheck and a career as a professional boxer. Written by JesusFan

  • 2007 MTV Movie Awards

    2007 MTV Movie Awards (2007)
    Television Executive Assistant Add a Plot »

  • Pirate Master

    Pirate Master (2007)
    Television (Reality-TV) Executive Assistant Wannabe pirates compete in a high-seas adventure in search of a hidden treasure.

  • On the Lot

    On the Lot (2007)
    Television (Reality-TV and Game-Show) Executive Assistant 16 aspiring filmmakers compete to become the next big Hollywood director and sign a development deal with DreamWorks.

  • Rock Star: Supernova

    Rock Star: Supernova (2006)
    Television (Music, Reality-TV and Game-Show) Executive Assistant Add a Plot »

  • Blowin' Up

    Blowin' Up (2006)
    Television (Comedy, Documentary and Music) Key Production Assistant A scripted/reality series where Jamie Kennedy and his best friend try to become legit hip-hop stars.

  • 24

    24 (2006)
    Television (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Production Assistant In this concept drama, each season takes place within one 24 hour period. Day 1: Jack Bauer is the head of field ops for an elite team of CTU agents who uncover an assassination plot targeting Presidential nominee David Palmer. Meanwhile, Jack's strained marriage to his wife, Teri, is pushed to the brink by the sudden disappearance of their troubled teenage daughter. What will the next 24 hours hold? Written by Ronos

  • An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
    Film (Documentary) Production Assistant Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change.  A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way.  "Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message," said Guggenheim.  An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share.  "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely," said Gore. Written by Plantation Productions

  • Last Laugh '05

    Last Laugh '05 (2005)
    TV Movie (Comedy and Music) Production Assistant Add a Plot »

  • The Hollow

    The Hollow (2004)
    Video (Horror) Production Assistant Restless spirits stir this Hollow's Eve, beckoning Ian Cranston, the last blood relative of Ichabod Crane, back to Sleepy Hollow. Thundering hooves unleash a wave of bone-chilling screams as the ghost of the Headless Horseman rides again! Ian must try to save the town and his girlfriend, Karen and determine whether the sword-wielding stalker is their clownish classmate, Brody in costume, or the dark rider himself. If it's truly the Headless Horseman... how do you kill what's already dead? Written by Anonymous

Awards

  • Recoil - Audience Choice Award - San Jose International Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Recoil - Best Student Film - San Jose Int'l Film Festival
    (2015)

  • Recoil - Best Drama - USC First Look Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Best Sci-fi - Rhode Island International Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Best Sci-Fi - New Hope Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Artistic Spirit Award - New Hope Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Audience Choice Award - Reality Bytes Chicago Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Audience Choice Award - Ft. Myers Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Best Student Short - Burbank Int'l Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Best Sci-fi Short - Burbank Int'l Film Festival
    (2014)

  • Recoil - Best Student VFX - Burbank Int'l Film Festival
    (2014)

Education

  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
    (2010-2014)

  • University of California-Riverside (Riverside, CA)
    (2000-2005)

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