Alexander has been making movies because the fifth grade
When Nick Alexander was within the fifth grade, he started “messing round” along with his dad and mom’ camcorder, making foolish dwelling movies along with his sisters. And the seed of a filmmaking profession was planted.
It was nourished in center faculty when he took a video manufacturing class, which impressed him to study video modifying.
“In highschool, I continued studying video manufacturing and made just a few brief movies,” he mentioned. One of them earned a greatest movie award in his junior 12 months.
It was his ardour for storytelling primarily that attracted him to filmmaking. And to today, it’s prime of thoughts when he tackles a mission, whether or not or not it’s a function size documentary or a 60-second spot for a business shopper.
Alexander, 28, obtained his first paid gig when he was a junior at Southern Oregon University in 2015, a marriage video. Today he owns a video manufacturing enterprise that employs 9 folks and could be very busy juggling a number of tasks at a time.
In the interim, he labored in information for the ABC affiliate in Medford and taught Spanish at Rogue Community College for 3 years.
He knew it may not be straightforward in a smaller market to construct a filmmaking enterprise, however he was not afraid of onerous work.
“That’s what it takes,” he mentioned, “together with creating sturdy interpersonal abilities and dedication — the braveness to maintain making an attempt.”
Alexander makes use of digital media in his work.
“We movie with Red cinema cameras and a few mirrorless cameras,” he mentioned. “We fly drones and have plenty of enjoyable with the storytelling toys we make the most of. It’s astounding how know-how continues to enhance and evolve.”
Alexander and his workforce do plenty of tasks for business purchasers.
“There are some seasons when there aren’t any function movie tasks. That means we have to discover different work to maintain the enterprise worthwhile and sustainable,” he mentioned.
“My video workforce and I doubled down on business jobs at first of the pandemic and have had dozens upon dozens of tasks since.”
The elevated quantity of site visitors on social media and the necessity to work remotely created an enormous want for top of the range video advertising for companies.
Some of his latest business tasks embody a collection on the livability of the Rogue Valley for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, a video collection for Rick Harris Real Estate Group, scholar testimonials for Klamath Community College, a vaccine marketing campaign for Sky Lakes Medical Center, an web business for Tnet Broadband, and a Costa Rica vacation spot marriage ceremony.
“Even although we love documentaries and making function movies, business tasks are satisfying,” he mentioned. “I like to see purchasers react to our work and see the affect that we make on their companies.”
It was a function movie that helped Alexander develop his enterprise. Alexander was launched by a mutual good friend to Laz Ayala, an area actual property developer who was engaged on a presentation for the Rotary Club about his life as an immigrant from El Salvador.
“I used to be employed to movie his presentation,” Alexander mentioned. “Afterward, I spoke with Laz, suggesting that his life could possibly be a film.”
Later, Ayala warmed to the concept, and he teamed with Alexander to make the feature-length documentary, “Illegal,” primarily based on the ebook he wrote of the identical identify.
After a New York City debut, “Illegal” went on to win many awards on the movie pageant circuit. Now it’s obtainable for lease or buy on Apple TV and is offered on different platforms.
A sequel adopted, “Path to Prosperity.” Both movies had been made throughout the pandemic, which added delays and different challenges to the filmmaking course of.
Alexander loved all features of constructing the movies — the directing, recording and modifying. A spotlight was attending the premiere of “Illegal” in New York.
“Seeing my first function movie on the silver display within the Big Apple was nothing wanting unbelievable,” he mentioned.
Alexander additionally enjoys the collaborative nature of filmmaking.
“We proceed to develop our workforce as a result of we understand as a way to tackle extra tasks and have movies of high quality we want many palms and inventive minds.”
His workforce consists of three editors, two advertising individuals, and a number of other digital camera operators. He seems for individuals who share his values, who take pleasure in being a part of a workforce, and who’ve glorious abilities in filmmaking and storytelling.
Alexander’s aim is to make function movies yearly, each documentaries and narrative movies. When the pandemic subsides, Nick Alexander Films will probably be able to hit the bottom operating.
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