In 2013, Phillips' script Your Cocoon and You was produced by BYU student Dallin Cerva. The same year, he worked as a script intern for Conan on TBS in Los Angeles. In 2014, he helped edit the first Aperture media journal for BYU and headed up the screenplay category. At the 2014 Vera Hinckley Mayhew Student Creative Arts Contests, Hunter received Second Place for the Mayhew Award for Feature Screenplay.
Phillips directed Beyond in July of 2014. Beyond is a full-length feature film serving as the pilot episode to the single-season series. In 2015, it was accepted into the New York Television Festival, one of twelve in the Drama & Dramedy category of the Independent Pilot Competition. Both Phillips and Matt Siemers, the film's producer, were able to attend the Festival.
He participated twice in BYU's biannual London Study Abroad. In 2012, he joined the inaugural trip with faculty leaders Tom Russell and Dean Duncan. In 2014, he served as a TA on the trip, which was headed by Dean Duncan and Jeff Parkin. During both trips, Phillips had the opportunity to study the humanities in London, including studying film at the British Film Institute.
In 2015, Phillips was on the conference committee for the Video Game Studies Symposium hosted by the Theatre and Media Arts Department at BYU. The same year, he received an Outstanding Student Award from BYU's Department of Theatre and Media Arts. Also in 2015, he worked with Dean Duncan on The Film Review Database project.
Phillips's capstone film That Old Familiar Spirit, for which he wrote and directed, premiered October 2, 2015. He also directed Beyond Teaser, and both short films were show in the 2015 BYU Final Cut Film Festival.