Education and research (2010-2015)

In 2012 after his first two years at Northern Arizona University, Alex attended the Sedona Film School documentary program to hone his technical skills. It was here that he completed his first "festival quality" short film, "Sweet, Sexy Ocean".

The summer after film school Alex spent backpacking in Belize and Guatemala. He considers that time spent in the tropics to be responsible for his move to Hawaii and for his interest in animal behavior.

 

After completing his third year at NAU, Alex earned a BS in Electronic Media and Film. He also finished his second festival short, "Kuwan".

Biological science was the focus of Alex's final undergraduate year. Using high-speed cinematography, he and a graduate student studied the mechanics and behaviors associated with fish jumping. In addition to research, Alex took a scientific photography course which gave him experience in astrophotography, time-lapse, and scanning electron photomicroscopy.

 

Ant egg, 77x

Ant egg, 77x

 

the beginning of a career (2015-present)

Though Alex thoroughly enjoyed fish research, he decided upon graduation from NAU to move to Hawaii and pursue underwater filmmaking. Hilo, Hawaii was his home until August, 2016. Throughout his year in Hawai'i, Alex honed his skills in wide-angle underwater cinematography and obtained a professional underwater video setup. He was lucky enough to work alongside notable cinematographers Howard and Michele Hall in Malapascua, Philippines and Shawn Heinrichs in Kona, Hawai'i. Much of the footage gathered while living in Hawai'i can be seen in Alex's 2015 Land and Sea Reel.

Alex photographing a coastal manta ray offshore Kona, Hawai'i.

Alex photographing a coastal manta ray offshore Kona, Hawai'i.

As of August 21st, 2016, Alexander is based out of Missoula, Montana where is continuing his career in natural history filmmaking, capturing the beauty of both land and sea.