Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Evan Frystak and I am a film editor and colorist.
Where are you from?
I am from Calumet City, Illinois
How did you get started?
I started by volunteering for the Village of Lansing’s cable access TV station. There I was taught the art of editing and filmmaking. I went to school at Purdue Northwest (class of 2016) where I continued my studies in the film and broadcast field. I have always been a gear junkie and loved getting my hands on and behind the camera. Putting it shortly, I fell in love with creating beautiful imagery. With this passion came the thirst for more knowledge, and eventually I stumbled upon the art of digital intermediate / color grading. I have edited and colored many short films commercials, music videos, and corporate films.
Do you have a side hustle or hobbies?
During the day, I continue to work for the Village of Lansing as a digital content producer. On the side, I assist and mentor my high schools FIRST robotics team. I also enjoy creating movie trailers and playing video games.
What was one of your biggest mistakes and what did you learn from it?
My biggest mistake was being afraid to fail. I firmly believe that people are hardest on themselves. When you create something, no matter what it is, you’re putting part of yourself out into the world for others to critique. This can be either positive or negative. For the longest time I was afraid that work I exposed to the public would be badly criticized. Often times this fear would put me in a state where I didn’t want to create anything at all. Eventually I did get over this fear. It was solved by just taking a deep breathe, and casting the line out to sea.
What are the top tools you need to do your job?
My primary tools are Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, and DaVinci Resolve Studio. I do all my editing in the Adobe suite and color is done in DaVinci Resolve.
Who or what inspires you and why?
My family and the people who I collaborate with on every project. It’s amazing to get to work with talented people and help create products that will hopefully inspire other people!
What do you love about Northwest Indiana?
I love how our surroundings are so diverse. If you go 30 minutes in any direction you will run into a completely new landscape. Go 30 minutes north, you’re on the beach. Go 30 minutes east, you’re in the city. Go 30 minutes south, you’re seeing rolling farm lands. Go 30 minutes west, you’ll see hills covered in trees and forests. As a colorist, these landscapes offer limitless inspirations no matter what season or time of day.
What resources are you finding to educate yourself?
I am constantly looking for new educational tools. Whether it’s a tutorial on YouTube or Vimeo, a blog post from an industry professional, or just simply asking questions. The website that taught me the basics of color grading was colorgradingcenteral.com. A few blogs I follow are: Nofilmschool.com, Cinema5d.com, Mixinglight.com, filmcolorist.co, Supersecretfilmblog.com, and juanmelara.com.au. Also, sometimes the best way to learn is to just try, fail, and repeat.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
Any knowledge is good knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, don’t be afraid to try new techniques, and don’t be afraid to be wrong.
What’s next for you?
My dream is to work as a colorist for Company3 in Chicago. Until that happens, I will continue to edit, color, and try my best to create breathtaking images!
Where can we find you?