"My Interest in capturing moments in time began in the mid 1980’s, while watching my fathers own photography as I grew up. Being a not so good skater, I traded my board in for a camera and began photographing my friends and some pros at the skate parks around San Diego. With over 15 years working in the Art Department on Hollywood films and TV shows coupled with traveling the world taking in other cultures and ways of life. My photography/videography work has morphed with time and experiences. Today, there is one word I would use to describe what fuels my passion for photography/cinematography…
I love to connect and to tell stories of connection visually- with life, animals, kids, places and experiences. I seek out the connections between others; parents and their children, people and their pets or environments, friends, lovers as well as the elusive connection with self. These are the moments I seek out and love to capture.”
Alexx Thompson is an Actor, Director, Producer, and Photographer with a nineteen year professional career in the Art department as a Union Motion Picture Decorative Painter. Alexx grew up in San Diego, heavily influenced by "painters and poets" since adolescence, he began expressing himself through poetry at age 17; writing socio-political humanist pieces that went on to be published in several books. By the mid 1990s, with a desire to be a part of the story telling process of filmmaking in any capacity he could He moved back to Los Angeles. And through a friend discovered the craft of Motion Picture Set Painting and the Hollywood movie industry.
With its discipline and attention to detail, this career turned out to be the perfect introduction, not only to the craft of scenic art, production design and art direction but the power of visual arts. With a desire to have a more central role in the filmmaking process It was around this time that he picked up a camera and started shooting "anything and everything" A natural at composition and capturing the moment, he began receiving positive feedback for his stills, especially his portraiture.
Continuing this new found passion In early 2000 during free time and notably [pre Myspace] Alexx founded the online art collective Central Elements, using a now iconic portrait of his brother and himself dressed as part of the rock group kiss as kids as its logo, he gathered an eclectic and international group of artists, musicians, poets and filmmakers together under this banner offering them a platform online to share their work with the world. After a twelve-year run he decided to focus more intently his time on collaborations in the world of video and has transformed the art collective into what is now Central Elements Productions.
The Central Elements Art Collective logo itself is still enjoying its own wide popularity appearing repeatedly in episodes of Greys Anatomy, featured on LA Ink, in the underground Street Art scene around the world as well as being featured in an amazing book called Stickers- from punk rock to contemporary art. Witnessing how far a single photograph can make its way into so many areas of life around the world only bolstered his passion for photography, video and connection.
In 2002 His interest gradually led him to shooting and editing a friend's music video that, although rudimentary and shot on a basic camcorder, was well received. He was inspired by the feedback to continue studying filming and cinematography; and began shooting time lapse videos of some of the behind the scenes work he was doing in the art department in Hollywood. With a dream of one day directing his own features.
After leading a two-day workshop in Istanbul, Turkey in 20017 on the role of the Art Department in film Alexx was then approached by The Institute of Visual Arts (I.A.V.Q), a college in Quito Ecuador and invited to do a presentation at the Ministerio De Cultura De Ecuador, where he found himself lecturing to a packed hall of aspiring young film students about his career as a motion picture set painter, the role of the art department in film and creativity in low budget filmmaking. Though no previous background in public speaking he found himself enjoying immensely sharing what he has learned and inspiring the youth to seek out their full potential in areas of creativity and expression.
After directing a few more music videos, in 2013 under Central Elements Productions Alexx co produced, co wrote, directed and shot his first short film called "The Silent Princess" about a man struggling with his past Heroin Addiction, currently in post production due for release in 2018. An enthusiastic traveler, Alexx enjoys setting off for distant lands capturing imagery and connecting with locals, life, and landscapes, and sells his prints through his website Alexx Thompson Imagery.