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Lake St. Louis teen directs ambitious film

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

 Local film community comes together to make youth’s dream a reality 

Gabe Sheets, a 15-year old from Lake St. Louis, with a deep-seated passion for film, began directing his latest short-film project, Fugue, on May 31. The young filmmaker, along with a community of industry professionals, is bringing this action-packed story he wrote to life. The ambitious project, which follows the story of a man struggling with sudden memory loss to remember if his identity is in law enforcement or crime, takes place throughout the Metro-East: locations such as Progress West Hospital (psychiatric ward scenes), Olive Street in downtown St. Louis (foot chase and car stunt), and a large rundown warehouse in Granite City, Illinois (shoot out scene with a SWAT team).

“Fugue came to me when I was in the middle of writing another screenplay and I feel like I stumbled upon a story that will grab the attention of the audience,” said Gabe. “This film has been nothing less than a roller coaster ride. At this point, I feel like I’m crawling to the finish line. Instead of one step at a time, it has turned into ‘one pull at a time’.”

What Gabe lacks in age, he more than makes up for with an impressive experience level in the industry. He has worked on numerous films and video productions over the last few years and continues to push himself to not only exceed others’ ideas of success, but his personal expectations as well. With the support of numerous filmmakers around the nation, Gabe aspires to write and direct films to make his lifetime dream into a full-time career.

World-renowned cinematographer, Shane Hurlbut, has worked with Gabe during his intensive film Masterclasses in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Shane and his wife, Lydia, who runs the The Hurlblog and Shane’s Inner Circle, shared, “Gabe Sheets is a filmmaker to pay close attention to in the coming years. He is a talented teen writer/director wise beyond his years with an amazing work ethic and ‘put it all on the screen’ attitude. Gabe studies the craft, pays attention to details, pushes himself artistically and is a pure joy to be around.” (Mr. Hurlbut is the Director of Photography for films such as The Rat Pack, Terminator: Salvation, We Are Marshall, and Fathers and Daughters.)

The approximate 20 minute film, Fugue, took one week to shoot while showcasing the work of 11 main cast members, 25 film professionals, and over 60 extras, many who donated their time and talent to bring this incredible story to the screen.

For more information about Gabe Sheets, his projects, and those involved in the filming of Fugue, please visit