Evan Viera is a multi-award winning director and composer. His work has screened in hundreds of festivals worldwide, been viewed tens of millions of times online, and has received some of the world’s most honored prizes.
He has presented before Pixar Animation Studios, Ars Electronica Festival, and to numerous universities across the US.
He is a Director at Passion Pictures where he debuted last year with the animated short “Legends Never Die” for League of Legends. This short was the landmark promotional item for the 2017 Worlds Championships, which is annually the world's largest eSports event. “Legends” received nearly 30 million views online and was nominated for an Annie in 2017.
His most recent short “The Giant”, a live-action animation hybrid was commissioned by the Palau Government for their country’s campaign “The Palau Pledge” to end the environmental impact of the islands’ visitors. Along its awards run it cleaned up in the world's top Festivals. It was honored by 3 Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, including the Ceremony’s top Titanium Grand Prix, and the extremely rare Black Pencil at the AD&D Awards Ceremony.
In 2018 Viera was ranked the #1 Director by Cannes Lions for his work’s achievements that year.
2018 Cannes Lions Grand Prix - Titanium
2018 Cannes Lions Grand Prix - Direct
2018 Cannes Lions Grand Prix - Sustainable Development Goals
2018 D&AD Black Pencil
2017 Nominated for an Annie - Best Animated Broadcast Commercial
2015 Grand Prize - Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
2012 Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction
2012 Award of Innovation - Seattle International Film Festival
2012 Best Animated Film - Rome Independent Film Festival
Directors Notes - Aiko
Stash - Aiko
Motionographer - Aiko
Directors Notes - LCV: Prophication
Stash - LCV: Prophication
Motionographer - LCV: Prophication
Boing Boing - Caldera
Stash - Caldera
Short of the Week - Caldera
Charley Pope is prolific short-story writer and avid student of speculative fiction. He’s written hundreds of stories, developed fully-fledged narrative bibles for dozens of fantasy worlds, and won numerous awards both for his talents as a writer and as a spoken word artist. He’s performed select excerpts from his published works before audiences of thousands all across the country.
In 2012, Pope (alongside his creative partner, Evan Viera) developed pitch documents for a variety of animated projects. Of their original ideas, the most ambitious was a project titled “Aiko”: an epic fantasy adventure set in late Edo-period Japan.
From the beginning, Viera and Pope have understood the limitations of their own perspective. As such, they have solicited help from a variety of advisors to help make Aiko as accurate and respectful a representation of Japanese culture as possible.
Viera is a third degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. He’s been practicing for over 16 years and is the lead instructor at Pasadena Shotokan Karate. PSK is an affiliate dojo of Shotokan Karate of America and is based at the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute. Viera is a member of the PJCI which beyond being the home to his dojo it is also the center for several other Traditional Japanese Martial Arts.
Viera’s interests in Martial Arts began very early. He started Taekwondo when he was five, moved onto Greco-Roman wrestling at age 10, and started boxing in his teenage years. He discovered Shotokan Karate as a late teenager and has been practicing ever since.
In his work as a Director, Viera’s influences are clear. Western animation was of very little interest to him, even as a child. Once he discovered Japanese animation he became obsessed; the serious, adult stories resonated with him on a much deeper and more profound level. His favorite directors are Satoshi Kon and Hayao Miyazaki.
Pope had long held an interest in Japanese art and culture, rooted in his time as a student of Shotokan karate during childhood. Later in life, he went on to study Japanese poetry and film — becoming particularly enamored with the works of Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki. After writing the initial seed document for Aiko, Pope began to aggressively study everything he could about Japanese history and culture; he sought private tutelage from JD Wyneken (a Phd Historian specializing in East Asian studies) and read a veritable library of books on the Tokugawa period alone.