13 Questions with Evan Brake
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SW Mag: Who’s Evan Brake and tell us about Evan Brake Films?
That is a great question. Now that you have me stepping back to have a look at my own life, I realize I’m far more busy than I thought… I consider myself as a up and coming entrepreneur, with a constant passion for creating. This creativity usually shows itself in the short action films, Youtube vlogs, movies, and other videography projects I have crafted. Oh and I guess I should mention that I coach gymnastics full time as well. I am a firm believer that time is of the essence, and truth be told we don’t get a second chance at life. Do what you can, wile you still can my friend.
Evan Brake Films “EB Films” is a business I started back in 2014. I deal with all sorts of different creative videography projects such as weddings, commercials, events, and of course action sports like snowmobiling.
SW Mag: What pointed you in this direction?
I have always been an adrenaline junkie, and have always loved action sports. So when Mike Normore, and Nick Tucker (Founders of WhiteOut Films) asked me to join the WhiteOut Films team, I was more than excited to say yes and jumped on board. It’s been a fun adventure, and learning experience ever since.
SW Mag: Has this become full time or a part-time gig?
Full time is an understatement… No one will truly understands the amount of time and effort it takes to edit and produce a movie until they actually experience it. And lets be honest, if it were easy everybody would do it. But when you love every aspect of what you do, then time is not a variable.
SW Mag: What was your first project?
My first snowmobiling project was a short action film called “The Awakening” that I made for my YouTube channel back in January 2012. This video showcases a day of sledding into Lewis Hills with my friends Richard Johnson and Richard Barry. From waking up, getting ready, sledding, and then crashing back into bunk at the end of the day. This was my first dive into the world of snowmobiling and this short action film has over 48,000 hits on YouTube so far.
SW Mag: What did you learn from that project?
I learned first hand how hard it actually is to film snowmobiling. With 6 AM wake up times, and many hours of driving and sledding just to find the perfect location to get an amazing clip. It’s a tough sport to film and that’s why we love it so much.
SW Mag: What’s the biggest challenge of dealing with other folks video content?
The biggest challenge with other peoples footage is compiling it into a master piece. When I’m out on the battle field with camera/drone in hand, I know what I want as the finished project. You need to be 10x more creative to edit footage you didn’t film.
SW Mag: What keeps you in this space?
Just the sheer creativity. Every project is a new adventure that can have a million different outcomes. I always say if I were to go back and redo any video project I have already finished, it would look completely different the second time around with the exact same footage. It’s never ending creativity.
SW Mag: What has been your fav project so far?
Without a doubt, it has been our 2016 movie “WhiteOut Films – Obsession”. This movie showcases one of the best kept secrets in Atlantic Canada. On behalf of the WhiteOut Films team we are proud to be showcasing the best of Western Newfoundland’s backcountry snowmobiling in a full length film. This was my favourite and most professional project to date.
SW Mag: Working with the WhiteOut group for the past two films, what has that process been like?
I love this team. Mike Normore, Nick Tucker, and all the amazing riders and WhiteOut team members put their own time, energy, and money into making this happen. We have consistent meetings to discuss, plan, feedback and we always seem to come away with bigger and better ideas.
SW Mag: Where do you get inspiration from?
I love the professionalism of 509 films. The thing about creativity is…the more you create the more you discover. I learn something new every project.
SW Mag: Who can you take in an arm wrestle?
I could take Taylor Swift on a good day… haha
SW Mag: If you were a dinosaur, what would you be?
I would defiantly be a Velociraptor.
SW Mag: What’s next for Evan Brake?
There are a few big projects planned, but my mind is set on creating an even bigger and better snowmobile film this season, let the snow games begin!