Each term, we spotlight a student who has achieved something noteworthy with their education from Art Center at Night, the College’s continuing studies program. We recently sat down with Laura Evans, a legal assistant for Girardi|Keese, whose documentary film No Such Thing as Color has been making the festival rounds.
Dotted Line: Tell us a little about yourself.
Laura Evans: During the day, I work for a law firm in downtown Los Angeles. At night, my husband and I play in a rock band called the Origami Llamas. I play drums and keyboards, sing, shoot our music videos and share website duties.
Dotted Line: You were initially interested in Art Center at Night for a course in Flash animation?
Evans: Yes, but while looking through the catalog, I saw a listing for Introductory to Documentary Filmmaking with Gabor Kalman. I had long wanted to make a documentary about my husband’s color blindness, and how it influenced him as a musician, and the class seemed like a great opportunity to actually get it made, so I signed up.
Dotted Line: You decided to shoot the film in a pretty unconventional way.
Evans: Right, on the first day of class, everybody shared their project concepts. My classmates liked my idea, but they were a bit nervous when I announced I was going to shoot it entirely on a Flip camera. But I stuck to my decision, and it ended up being the right one. The footage from the Flip not only looked great, but the camera’s small size meant I could take it anywhere.
Dotted Line: Tell us a little about the film.
Evans: I interviewed my husband for four hours straight, and learned a lot about him that I never knew before. One of the most interesting stylistic choices I made was to use Final Cut Pro to extract colors my husband can’t see. For certain sequences, the audience has an opportunity to see reality through his eyes.
Dotted Line: What was the class like?
Evans: The structure of the course really helped me finish the film. It gave me deadlines I had to meet every week. Gabor was a great instructor. He was knowledgeable, encouraging and asked questions that made me consider options I never would have considered otherwise. My classmates were great too. We still meet every couple of weeks and watch documentaries together.
Dotted Line: It didn’t take long for your film to hit the festivals.
Evans: I finished it last April and it screened at its first festival less than a month later. So far the film has screened at five festivals, including festivals in Temecula, Orlando and Ojai.
Dotted Line: I can’t imagine that’s the norm. Were you surprised?
Evans: Everything that has happened is so hard to believe. I never imagined I’d be considered a filmmaker, but then I’m introduced at festivals as “filmmaker Laura Evans.”
Dotted Line: You’ve got the title now.
Evans: Yes, that sounds pretty official.