In an interview with QG, Elisee Junior St Preux discusses how he changed careers, created Aurinko in Adagio, and family relationships.
With a degree in information technology and a promising future ahead, St Preux entered the working world. But after some time in the field, he discovered that a career in IT wasn't for him and rekindled his interest in film. Although film hadn't been an official part of his academic endeavors, he still devoted time to creating film blogs and writing movie reviews. As a self-taught director, he researched screenwriting, which led to where he is today.
"I started out acting in theater, working on scenic design in theater and started writing on the side. And when I transitioned to the digital format, that's when I noticed that directing was an aspect that I could be able to enhance storytelling the most, I would say," he explained. "I'll be able to create it almost from the ground up. And if not, then there's a script out there already, and I can start just putting my own spin on it. And that's when I found my style."
Aside from film, music was also an influential source of creativity, particularly in his childhood. In the short film, Aurinko in Adagio, he reimagines moments from his childhood that reflect the importance of music. The result is a what-if scenario for St Preux, and the unfolding story explores pivotal moments in a young boy's life as he strives to become a musician. Growing up, St Preux wasn't afforded the opportunity since his family viewed being a musician as an unstainable livelihood.