Watch Devon’s films on his website at Colorburn Productions.
Devon Riter is currently a MFA Student in the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program at Montana State University in Bozeman. He has a B.S. Ed. in Chemistry from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota and extensive experience in education.
Devon taught high school chemistry and physics in Ortonville, Minnesota. He has also been a Graduate Student Instructor in General and Organic Chemistry labs at the University of Michigan and Montana State University.
Devon is committed to educating and motivating the next generation of scientists, and sees his work as a vital link between the doors of a laboratory and those of a classroom.
TERRA: What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
DR: I taught high school science and like every teacher who needs a day off, sometimes I would just pop in a movie for the kids to watch. They were pretty boring films, and I wondered if I could make something better.
TERRA: Tell us about your film "Art is War." What were the biggest challenges and rewards you faced making it?
DR: When I make films, the best part is always the people I meet and the folks I work with. A weird little world of creative and amazing personalities came together to make Art is War. That's the fun part. The challenges for me are almost always internal. I inevitably question whether all of the time, money, and energy are worth it, and I think maybe I should go back to teaching high school science.
TERRA: What are 3 things you'd never go into the field without and why?
DR: People I trust, gear I've worked with, and time. These are all key to a low stress job.
TERRA: What is your spirit animal?
DR: I've never really thought about it before, but I think wolves are pretty cool.
TERRA: What's next for you?
DR: I am trying to sell Art is War. I am developing other potential television series, and I need to finish my thesis and graduate from MSU.