WPS alum Davis Mears captures first place for his film ‘Melvin’s Curse’

September 5, 2020

 Worcester Preparatory School alum, Davis Mears (’17) of Berlin, Md., won first place for his independent short film, “Melvin’s Curse,”in the 3rd Annual Ocean City Film Challenge, hosted by the Ocean City Film Festival.  The movie is about two men who fall into bad luck when they meet Melvin, a merman (opposite of a mermaid) who is tired of getting a lack of respect.  

Two WPS Class of 2017 alums, Mears and Alex Abbott, and one WPS teacher, Nancy Raskauskas, reunited in Ocean City to make the film this past July in just two days! Mears, a Virginia Tech senior majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in cinema, directed “Melvin’s Curse.”  Actors included former WPS classmate, Alex Abbott, a political science student at the University of Delaware, along with two Virginia Tech theatre students, 21-year-old Grant Batdorff and 21-year-old Joey Barth. The film, which was produced by WPS Technology and Digital Media teacher, Nancy Raskauskas, was shot and edited over the course of two days with only a four-person crew, including the actors. This was an all-to familiar scenario for Mears who frequently collaborated with Abbott on 48 Hour Film Contests in Raskauskas’ classes throughout their high school years.  Their film entries back in Upper School, which had to be written, filmed and edited in just two days, also won various awards. Davis is the son of Laura and Tom Mears of Berlin.

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