that he formed with his wife in 2012. As
Otherworldly Productions, Mann produces
sharp and offbeat videos for clients like
Home Advisor, I AM PRO SNOW, Oxi Fresh
and Rodelle, as well as directing music videos
for artists like singer-songwriter Josh Garrels
and electronic music producer Slow Magic.
Mann’s path to filmmaking was unexpected.
While he took art classes in high school, his
familial calling was real estate, and he applied
to Colorado State University as a business
“I remember trying to talk myself into it. I
thought, ‘O.K., I’ll go into real estate and then
do art on the side.’ The more I thought about
it, the more I realized I didn’t want to do that.
I wanted to do art,” Mann recalls.
Right before school started, Mann
changed his major and immersed himself in
printmaking and drawing. At CSU, Mann
developed a minimalist style that used subtle
shifts in light and tone to create beautiful
monochrome imagery. In his senior year,
he met his future wife and business partner,
Deborah, who was attending the business
school. After graduation, Mann had dreams of
attending a graduate art school, but was soon
hit by reality: he needed to pay rent.
“I was trying to figure out how to make a
living as an artist,” Mann says. “It was a bleak
He began working for a care provider
that assisted the disabled. It was a stable, but
difficult, job. Like many twenty somethings,
he felt rudderless. Deborah encouraged him to
apply to graduate school, and he was accepted
to the Rhode Island School of Design.
At RISD, Mann began experimenting with
found objects—cotton balls, Q-tips, paint—to
create strange and humorous sculptures and
costumes. While Mann had long made prints
and drawings of a similar style, bringing
his ideas into the physical world was a
Mann’s first film was a stop-motion short
called “The Body” in 2010. The film used
an improvisational process that he still uses
today. He first creates found-object sculptures,
then uses the camera to film them in visually
interesting ways. Mann created “The Body”
with no predesigned plan aside from the
sculptures that he wanted to use. Instead,
he worked scene by scene, trying out new
sculptures, vantage points and movements.
By adding sounds and editing in post-production, he brought the objects to life.
“I fell in love with combining all these
artistic processes into one final piece,” Mann
Mann is able to bring his highly conceptual
ideas and creative techniques to varied
types of filmmaking through Otherworldly
Productions, from commercial work and
music videos to wedding films. Mann and his
PICTURED: Stills from Evan Mann’s 4K
film, “This Mountain” (all images), which
follows his life for two weeks in August.