Brace takes fascination in filmmaking ot the next level
Born the middle child of two successful siblings and inspired by his parents to always follow his own dreams, budding filmmaker Evan Brace has taken his freelancing career to the next level as a producer, director and cinematographer. The first video Brace directed will debut next month on BET.
The video will feature the music entertainer "Lucky."
"I'm not sure when it will play next month; they are still working on the date, but I'm very excited," Brace said.
Being from a multi-talented family, he said, was inspirational in his search to find his calling.
"My brother (Collin) does music and is a super-talented writer in Nashville. My sister (Lillian) is a fantastic dancer, but I never really had something for me. I was kind of searching," the 24-year-old said. "But, once I went to film school and got to direct my first movie — then boom, I realized that God made me to make movies."
Brace's other credits include: "Stoker" 20th Century Fox, with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska; Keith Urban & Tim McGraw; George Strait "50 Number Ones" campaign with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley; and the Duck Dynasty Christmas Special 2013.
Brace has also done commercials for Airheads Candy, Oreck Vacuums, Fiat 500, Nashville Soccer United and Carrie Underwood with the Vitamin Water campaign.
He has worked on documentaries including: "Another Corner" which earned Best Documentary at the Nashville Film Festival; Beyonce's Choreographer "Among Savages" NYC; The Co Music; Tesla Boy Music; and "Elizabeth," an independent feature film, along with an independent short film, called "Donoma."
The homeschooler attended Moberly Area Community College two and half years and then transferred to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville, where he obtained a BSA in directing and cinematography.
"Film is one of those things that allows you to use every aspect of what art is — like film, music, making beautiful photography and creating stories. It's just a big collaboration of everything," Brace said. "I think it's one of those things where you can just let your imagination run wild. And I love the idea of just creating the worlds that I love to escape to."
Brace said one of his biggest influences to be a filmmaker was when his father was working at Audrain Medical Center and brought him home a box of National Geographic magazines.
"I remember going through every single magazine. It was like a massive explosion of another world that had a big effect on me," Brace recalled. He also said that growing up in Mexico has a lot of influence on the type of characters and people he's interested in. "I like telling stories with an American story line."
Now that his work as a filmmaker is getting recognition, Brace said he's focusing his sights on working in New York and Los Angeles. He currently lives in Nashville and has for the past three years, coming home during the summer to help his mother with the Presser Performing Art Center's' filmmaking camp.
"I assist them with a lot of stuff and do a lot of technical aspects on how cameras work, recording sounds and how you talk to actors, like 101film making," Brace said.
His aspiration is to become a full-time director and shoot films. "I make short films and movies and love directing. It's a great way to sharpen my skills and experiment with different things."
Brace just did a documentary that won the Best Documentary Award in the Nashville Film Fest. He has also done some small production movies, experimental films that got recognition and a few narrative short films at the Atlantic Film Festival. He's now back in Nashville, where he has a few gigs lined up with a couple of performing artists.
He credits his success to his parents, Craig and Lois Brace, and his siblings.
'My whole family gives me inspiration, especially my sister Lillian, who keeps me in perspective and grateful for my aim. She's like my little cheerleader," Brace said.
His advice to others aspiring a dream outside of the norm is, "Believe in your dream and always follow through with it. Then afterwards, you can say 'I made it.'"