We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Buccheri and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brandon, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I always like to say that I’m the furthest thing from a self made man, and my production company Evoko Films is the same way. I’ve been really blessed to have great leadership and great people invest in my life and my success. When I say invest, I don’t mean financially. Evoko doesn’t exist without my best friend and business partner Justin Howe, but frankly I couldn’t be in the position I’m in – to be self employed in a creative field, to be pitching big clients, to be leading these projects – without a long laundry list of names who were willing to nudge me or shove me in the right direction. The most important factor in my success is the people willing to pour into me, the network our business has, and the generous creatives who we meet every day in the DFW area willing to open doors and shake hands with us.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what I’m most proud of regarding my art is that I really try hard to make sure that my voice isn’t the only one that comes through on the project. I really believe that everyone who works on a project I direct should have some creative equity in it. Whether that’s actors taking a character to a new place I hadn’t considered, for example, or the DP really pushing the vision to the next level, it could be anything. I think that’s what sets my art and my projects apart. The fact that I know, yeah, my voice will come through on this because I’m the director, but also there’s plenty of room for everyone involved to have a voice here too, and they get to see that come to life on the screen. The way that translates from my own personal projects to Evoko is we bring that same spirit of collaboration with us on our client’s projects. We’re always looking to solve these creative problems together between our team and theirs. The best projects are the ones where everyone walks away at the end of a long day smiling, joking around, and knowing that what we just shot is going to be awesome. It’s such a great feeling seeing the projects come together in the edit and everyone that worked on it wants to talk about it and share it when it’s done.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I spend a lot of time in the Oak Cliff area. I work out of the Wax Space down that way, so I’m definitely saying you’ve gotta come check that out. Then I might take them to eat at Bbbop Seoul Kitchen for some of the best chicken they’ll ever have. Drinks at Paradiso would be an agenda item for sure. We’d spend some time over in Ft. Worth too, coffee at Roots Coffeehouse, maybe some barbecue at Heim. We would have to run up to Denton and grab dinner and drinks at Barely and Board one night. In case it’s not obvious I’m a foodie. I’ll go wherever the good food is.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If I had to nail it down to one name, one specific person to give recognition to, I’d have to go with my high school film class teacher, Travis Sherman. I’m originally from a smaller area in Arkansas that doesn’t quite have the resources for video production that Dallas has. When I was a junior in high school I was looking for a filler class to finish out my schedule. I chose film, and Travis (we’re on a first name basis nowadays) was instrumental in pushing me to pursue the path I’m on right now. That was a time in my life, like so many other kids, I was seeking direction and trying to find my place in life. Aside from being my teacher, Travis owned his own small video production business and also produced his own short films with scrappy crews and a light gear footprint. Seeing him do that, and then him hiring me onto some of his sets, then giving me the resources so I could produce some of my very first, very bad, original scripts is what really ignited the fire in me to pursue this as a career. It also gave me a safe space to practice and learn without too much fear of bad consequences if something didn’t work out, which I think is really important when you’re a young, developing creative just trying to figure out how to put the pieces together.

Website: evokofilms.com

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Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/brandon-buccheri-9651a216a/

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Image Credits
Max Grubb

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