Meet our Interns: Alec Ilstrup
By: Emily White
Alec was an intern for Greenpop. He worked as their media intern, producing short films for promotion and eco-education and took photos for Greenpop events and activities, even taking over the Greenpop Instagram account one weekend to document a sand duning trip with other local filmmakers and photographers in South Africa.
Alec has always shown an interest in cameras. “I used to go out in my backyard into the woods with my friends and shoot little films, then go back and see what I could do with the footage. I’m very much a “gear head” in the sense that I love camera gear and I love learning how it works. I do anything that has to do with cameras. Making films, taking photos, I love it all.”
His interest in film led him to discover Greenpop. “I saw one of their videos online and thought it was very well done. I looked into applying to volunteer for Greenpop’s Festival of Action in Zambia and then I saw they had intern positions available.”
Alec had been busy on various projects for Greenpop, his favourite having been filming and editing a “How to Plant a Tree” video. “There were a lot of moving elements that had to go into it. I learned how to do things in video editing that I’ve never done before and it was a fun learning experience.”
All photographs by Alec Ilstrup
Overall, Alec says that his time interning at Greenpop had an affect on him. “I’ve gotten to learn about leading a green life even more and I’ve progressed my skills as a filmmaker and photographer.”
At only 17, Alec is already an accomplished photographer and filmmaker. He’s serious about film and photography and has produced fantastic work. Visit his website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and Youtube.
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