A Los Angeles-based director and writer, Ben’s currently in post production on his latest short film, Hashtag. The science fiction thriller stars Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge) as white-hot social media maven "X". X is the leading online celebrity in a near-future world dominated by technology and social media. Hashtag features great performances, futuristic production design, and top-of-the-line visual effects to bring Ben's vision to life.
Ben's last short film, Cowboy Creed, was nominated for two festival awards and is now available to watch online. An ambitious mini epic, the Western tale features classic period action and adventure complete with dusty heroes, deadly villains, gunplay, horses, and fisticuffs.
Ben began his film career as a visual effects artist and as a director and producer of industrial films. After its festival run and a limited theatrical release, his first narrative short film, the heartfelt drama Silver Lining, was signed into broadcast on PBS and Movieola, and into distribution with Ouat Media. Brought onto the award winning Star Trek: Phase II/New Voyages, he became the series second unit director for episodes “Blood and Fire” Part 1 and Part 2, “Enemy: Starfleet", and "The Child”. He also directed the second unit for the forth-coming feature-length documentary American General. In 2010, Ben was co-executive producer on the family adventure series eScape v1.0. A character actor on occasion, Ben starred as the “adorably incompetent” alien starship captain Zerks in the 2009 sci-fi comedy Web series Zerks Log.
Name: Ben Alpi
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Runic Films
Occupation: Director and Screenwriter
Unique traits: I'm a distributed writer/director and was a visual effects artist for many years. I have experience shooting on film and digital and my background gives me unique insight into our increasingly visual effects-heavy industry.
Film (short) by Runic Films (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Director, Co-Writer In a future where social media dominates every moment of our lives, "X" has attained unprecedented celebrity but obscurity is just a click away.
Out of Time
Film (short) by Travis Stevens (Adventure, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Visual effects, Special effects Just as a scientist creates a time machine she is forced to use it to save her own skin.
Film (short) by Runic Films (Action, Adventure and Western) Writer/Director To save his ladylove a young man must stand against a criminal's deadly vengeance.
Television by Mike Feurstein (Action, Adventure, Family and Sci-Fi) Co-Executive Producer, Writer The summer camp counselors have disappeared leaving the young campers to survive on their own. What they don't know is they're now trapped inside a video game!
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II
Television by Gene Roddenberry (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director,Visual effects, These are the new voyages of the starship Enterprise. Picking up from where the original five-year mission left-off, a new cast continues the adventures of this legendary crew.
Video by Steve Lettieri (Comedy and Sci-Fi) Actor Three time fragments ago, Captain Zerks Ganymedewski, and his ship the Venturi 553, disappeared without a trace. What happened to Zerks and his ship? Find out!
Film (short) by Ben Alpi (Drama) Writer, Director In a world of so much darkness it is hard to find the light, but it's there.