THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS DRASTICALLY EFFECTED AND ALTERED OUR CURRENT BUSINESS & OPERATIONAL REALITY. BUT WHERE THERE IS LIFE, THERE IS HOPE
Evolve’s business overnight saw most of the event & entertainment industry crushed, all large set productions canceled and a flood of projects enter limbo. Immediately our main focus was to shift to remote/WFH production workflows and continuing in developing and producing new original & branded content from that framework. We have been hard at work implementing smaller safe set compliant shoots & studio filming protocols. Evolve will be actively tracking and engaging with this new operational reality. We will be doing everything possible to push forward with content creation within safety & compliance.
COVID changed our world forever. There’s no undo command, no reset button. It’s numbing to wade through the articles, opinion pieces, sobering statistics, and our future filled with unknowns, doubts, and fears. We foresee that this event of our lifetime is far from over and its effects will continue to alter our way of life & company in new ways yet to be seen.
But there is one thing that will not change.
Our passion and our vigor for the work we are called to do; the stories to tell, the content to create. The passion will not waver. Our commitment to our team, our partners, our clients, our community and industry as a whole… will not waiver. Especially now in this defining moment we will lead as an organization and individuals with incredible love, hope, integrity and passion. We will endure. We will adapt. We will Evolve.
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” ~Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize Winner
DISTANCE | AN ORIGINAL COVID-19 SHORT FILM
As the coronavirus begin to grip the US with fear, in first responder fashion, our studio started getting to work. Jesse Edwards, co-founder of Evolve, wrote a beautiful original script and within a matter of days had a 15-minute film in the can. It’s honestly somewhat of a miracle that the film materialized in the timeframe, legal window, with the precautions we took and limitations that we had. We made this film because in addition to the viral pandemic, we are now also faced with another threat, an Epidemic of Fear. It seems more people than ever right now are alone, scared, anxious, and consumed in fear. We need hope. We need storytelling that will remind people that even in the darkest hour, we can and will get through this, together. There is hope. There is love. And even if at a distance, we have each other.
The response to ‘DISTANCE’ is profound. Audience feedback has been powerful and compelling. The film has already garnered many independent critic reviews and is actively being selected for screening in multiple film festivals. The short film is free to watch at youtube.com/evolvestudios. Please watch & share.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FILMMAKER | MERCHANDISE
As an indie film studio, we’ve always proudly supported independent filmmakers in our own hometown and around the world. A year ago, we started making ‘Support Your Local Filmmaker’ hats and stickers just out of sheer passion & pride.
With the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry, we feel now more than ever, film & television workers need our support. So we created this official ‘Support Your Local Filmmaker’ swag & merch store (along with some of our OG Evolve Studios gear). All purchase profits go to support funds for Film/TV works impacted by COVID-19. Visit shop.evolve.studio or link the below.