GREENVILLE - Alexander Stewart, a 2012 Greenville High School graduate, discovered his passion for filmmaking in his sophomore English class, and plans to take his love of the art form to the next level.
“I really came across filmmaking by accident,” Stewart explained about his sophomore English project. “It turned out terrible, but I absolutely loved doing it. I caught on, then, that this was something I might want to do.”
Stewart went through the Interactive Media program at the Greenville High School Career Tech Education Center (CTEC), he said, and “really started to connect,” as he learned the programs and got more hands-on experience. After high school, he found online video contests and “really started hammering away on doing stuff like that.”
When Stewart and his friend Trevor DeSchepper heard about the latest contest they’ve entered, the My Rode Reel contest, they were discouraged at having to purchase the Rode brand of microphone, Stewart commented. In the end, they decided it was worth the investment of $60 for the microphone they needed.
The duo came up with the concept, which is a continuation of a short film they’d already shot, Stewart said. Stewart filmed, directed and produced the film, while DeSchepper and Stewart’s significant other, Jeseka Wolfrey, starred as the main characters.
The film was created in Greenville, at DeSchepper’s home, and Shawnee Prairie Preserve, Stewart said. The film features a young man, getting ready for his anniversary with his wife; he gathers her favorite wine, a picnic basket and a blanket, and sets out for their destination, calling her on the way, but getting her voicemail.
To learn the unexpected ending of this tale, view the video at www.rodemic.com/myrodereel/watch/93#.U0Qc5oW0KU6. After viewing the video, Stewart hopes that people will vote for it, he said, and hopefully lead to him winning a piece of the grand prize, valued around $70,000 in prizes, he added.
Stewart plans to continue his education, and is in the process of transferring to Wright State University, and hopes to work his way to Hollywood. His parents are supportive of his goals, he added.
“They definitely support me. They’ve enjoyed seeing me get better over the years. If you go back and look at my original stuff, there’s a huge, huge difference in the way I did things and the overall quality,” Stewart stated. “There are different jobs that can open doors. I’m confident I’ll be able to do something in that industry.”