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Alexandra Eckel ’12

On the Set

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to work behind the scenes on a movie called “April Grace.” I helped with several aspects of the movie, including the makeup and wardrobe. My friend David Kramer, who graduated from U of H last year, is co-producing the film and he invited me to get involved. Once post-production is done, the producers will try to get into different film festivals.

I’ve known for a very long time that I wanted to work in film. When I was in third grade, I started making people sit through the movie credits. I’d tell my mom, “One day my name is going to be up there and you will have to stay in the theater and wait for it.” By sixth grade, I was analyzing the different shots and angles that filmmakers used. When I got to high school, I took a film studies course and a video course and I knew that was what I wanted to pursue.

When it was time to look at colleges, I came to visit the University of Hartford and I just fell in love. This is the only school that I applied to and I have no regrets about coming here. My favorite part about the cinema program is how one-on-one it is. The professors are very friendly and open to helping students.

Filmmaking and makeup are just two of my interests. I love to write and to draw. I play the xylophone. I also compete on a roller derby team in the Garden State Rollergirls league in my home state of New Jersey. Flat track roller derby is a full-contact sport and I love it. It is a big part of my life and I plan to continue doing that after graduation.

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