We had the good fortune of connecting with Eli Solt & Ryan Hart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eli & Ryan, why did you pursue a creative career?
Ryan and I grew up always creating little artistic projects and videos. Going through high school together, we always found ourselves planning our next endeavor. That drive continued even after high school and we stayed connected by our desire to create. Even though we lived in different cities, we would meet up several times a month to plan new ideas and brainstorm projects. Art gave both of us a different way of expressing ourselves and a freedom to experiment with some of the unique ideas we would come up with. Creating short films and our web series “Temporal Hills” also allowed us to create new friendships and local connections that we would not have gained otherwise. We feel like the things we create have the ability to bring people together and have allowed us to build and become a part of a greater artistic community in the Northern Colorado area.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’ve always taken pride in trying to think outside the box and not be held to any one standard. With our web series, we went into the production of it with only loose guidelines about what we could do but really left it open to improvisation and experimentation. We really think part of the reason that many people have enjoyed that show and much of our other work is due to the fact that we let it become its own thing and we don’t feel like we have to follow strict rules about what the content has to be. We also take a lot of pride in how hard we work to create these projects. Much of the work we do is unpaid and takes up most of our free time but we both want to make a long term career out of this and believe in putting in the work to make that happen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Colorado Welcome Center at Fort Collins The Lyric Cinema
The UNC Campus in Greeley
Round Mountain Hiking Trail
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would like to give a shoutout to our friend group who has supported our projects and have dedicated much of their free time to help make many of our ideas happen.
Eli Solt Ethan Funk-Breay Kenzie Bartels