1. Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Alex Horner, and I am a freelance DP.
2. Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I got my start editing at a small production company right out of high school. Most of the work was documentary, and non-profit. It gave me a chance to meet some incredible people, learn about them, and get to tell their story. That job really helped me become better at understanding different points of view. It really shaped my passion for telling stories about real people.
3. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Meeting new people and having opportunities to visit places that I would never be able to if it weren’t for my job. In a way, I sort of fell into it, and quickly realized that I loved it.
4. Who or what do you most admire?
My dad has been a freelance commercial composer his whole life. He made it on his own, and shaped his business how he saw fit. That was very enticing, so I decided to go the same route, and it’s paying off. Growing up, I saw how much freedom he had in his work, and that was something that I wanted as well. Both of my parents have always done what they wanted to do, making it happen however they could.
5. What do you love about the Twin Cities?
The fact that you can live in a city, but travel a few hours North and be in the middle of nowhere. Other than that, I’m not sure, I just do.
6. What do you fear most for the Twin Cities?
Sometimes I feel it’s hard to keep young talent around. I am constantly thinking about my next move, and whether or not the Twin Cities can give me what I need professionally. The city needs to grow, but I am confident that will happen.
7. What do you hope for the Twin Cities in the next 20 years?
I’d like to see higher budget commercial work shot here. There is great work being done, but there is a lot of room to grow. The talent and landscape is here.