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Devon Avery

Devon Avery is an award-winning director who grew up in southern England watching independent British and French cinema. His early years were also heavily influenced by British television dramas, such as Cracker and Prime Suspect. He is impressed by the outstanding writing and acting of these shows and how they set an example for telling powerful stories despite obvious budget limitations.

Devon’s core filmmaking beliefs are based on the power of writing and of directing actors for performance.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and worked on the sets of Martin Scorcese’s Shutter Island, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, and Oliver Stone’s Savages with the goal of studying these talented directors and fine-tuning his own directing experience.

Devon also studied the art of acting and worked with Forest Whittaker for six months on the TV show Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

In the summer of 2012, Devon shadowed British director Tony Wharmby during the filming of the tenth season opener of the TV show NCIS.

Alongside studying these great artists, Devon has honed his directing skills on several small, independent projects.

His short film directorial debut titled Practice Makes Perfect follows a young boy preparing for his first kiss. Devon believes this film, is as close to Autobiographical as any he is likely to ever make.

Short film credits

Image from Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

United States | Jan 2013 | 2:45
A nervous, twelve-year-old Clint is having trouble enjoying his first date with Sally.
For weeks, he has been practicing for his first kiss and now, ...
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Information on this profile is provided by the person and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 2 Oct 2013