LAKE GEORGE — A local filmmaker’s work will hit the big screen in the Lake George Film Festival on Sunday at the Festival Commons at Charles R. Wood Park. The event is free to the public event and starts at 8 p.m.

Shaun Rose, a Saratoga Springs native, didn’t expect his low-budget, 60-minute feature film to take him four years to complete. Once he finished it, Rose was able to put the difficulties he faced behind him.

Filming for the movie “Upstate Story” began in March 2014. After recording, Rose had his first big hiccup when his computer crashed.

“I was a mess at that time period,” Rose said. “I had to send my laptop out to Florida to a buddy of mine. He was able to preserve some of my audio files, but the way that the laptop crashed, it kind of killed my creative drive.”

He off and on told himself he needed to get it done. It was a nagging feeling because he never completed the film. Then, on May 10, 2016, Rose had a stroke.

Through perseverance, “Upstate Story” went live on his YouTube account, called Shaun Rose, on April 17.

“It was one of the most amazing feelings of my life,” he said. “It’s not the most spectacular movie. I mean, I made it for less than $500. It was something that I was attached to and it’s attached very heavily to my personal life. … It’s like you finally completed a 3,000- or 4,000-piece puzzle.”

The film is focused on Ellis Martin, who is going through a typical work week. Displeased with his job and searching for a better career, he goes through the motions to get to what makes him happy, the weekend. Rose said he shot the film in Schuylerville, Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa.

Rose also enjoys that the film gets to connect with locals.

“I’ve been accepted to a couple festivals, but this one holds close to my heart because it is close to home to me, like literally,” Rose said. “… It’s nice to be able to show it to other people that live within my area and I feel much appreciation that the judges and the proprietors to the festival gave this local film to be shown in the area.”

Along with “Upstate Story,” the festival will show eight other films. The eight other films range from shorts (under 40 minutes) to features.

Rose is currently working on a sequel and says a trailer will be posted soon on his YouTube account.

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Andrew David Kuczkowski is the education reporter. Andrew can be reached at 518-742-3354. Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ByKuczkowski.


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