Artist Spotlight: Recapturing the moment, the inspiration of student filmmaker Alex Ho

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 10:22 PM

In the final Artist Spotlight of this volume of The Spectator, staff writer Jamie Heinrich revisits her story of student filmmaker Alex Ho. He was first featured in Issue 15, and we now provide more depth on his journey.

Intentional about capturing moments and immersing audiences into other people’s worlds, senior cinema major Alex Ho makes his art with purpose. Rooting for underdogs and showcasing other local artists through his short films, Ho aims to bring a professionalism and work ethic into the Edinboro University (EU) art community.

Originally from Singapore, Ho and his family migrated to the U.S. in December 2005. He started his college career at Westminster College as a dual major in communications and English, then transferred to EU as a sophomore to be part of the cinema program.

Wanting to give back and be a part of something greater than himself, Ho then joined the U.S. National Guard in 2013 and has served there since. Sydney Moore, a friend and peer of Ho, explained how she has seen him grow personally and professionally through his time with the National Guard.

“He (Ho) understands what it means to be responsible and what it means to hold up your end of the bargain — so to speak. He’s definitely not uptight as a person at all, but he becomes a professional while still having a comforting personality while doing photoshoots and being on film sets with non-actors. He also has the work ethic that signifies that he will get the work, that’s necessary, done and on time.”

In March, Ho participated in the 10th Annual Michael V Gmitter Memorial Art Scholarship Competition. One of 15 students chosen to participate, he believed the competition: “helped me see how talented our other artists in Edinboro were. And [to see] how uniquely each person’s art form takes on their own.” Further, he said, “It helped my career by motivating and inspiring me to be amongst such driven people who are so passionate about their art.”

Ho’s favorite work created at Edinboro is a short film, titled “Handmade.” The film showcases a local woodworker, giving viewers a glimpse into the master craftsmanship that goes into each piece and the beauty of human creation.

“The inspiration (behind ‘Handmade’) came from wanting to see and bring to light things and people who are being overlooked in their craft,” he explained. The film was entered into the David Winekauf Film Festival in 2016, and it was also showcased in the Gmitter Art Scholarship Competition.

Ho has grown professionally and personally at his time at EU. Noah Shettel, a junior film and cinema major said: “I’ve seen Alex (Ho) grow into a more professional artist and actually more of an entrepreneur in creative fields. He’s sort of taken the fine art aspects that they teach us here at Edinboro and applies them to his work in wedding photography.”

Shettel took multiple film classes with Ho and described Ho’s ability to rise above, at times, tough circumstances in the film major.
When asked about the philosophy behind his work, Ho said: “I think it is very important to give glory to my maker; that is something that I want my work to be known for. I think we live in an amazing world, a beautiful world that God has created. I believe he (God), has given me the talents and has given me the eye to create art.”

Right now, Ho is working on a new short documentary that will be released in May 2019.

“I am working on another small business spotlight. [I am] focusing in on little beautiful moments in their craft.” Upon graduation, he said, “I would like to work for a production company [and] learn more of the industry and grow in my visual production.”

Check out Ho’s photography and a selection of his films at AlexHoStudios.com.

Jamie Heinrich | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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