Released in three parts on http://www.youtube.com, Wellsburg is a silent brickfilm that centers around the idea of Shakespeare's "star-cross'd lovers" theme.
The story begins in 1910 set in the ficticious American city of Wellsburg (no state name is mentioned). Alessandra Ambrose, daughter of the textile tycoon Mr. Ambrose who runs Wellsburg's successful textile plant, notices a young factory worker across the street (Nicolas Riles). She walks over to him and they begin talking.
When Nicolas gives Alessandra a set of flowers, she attempts to give him a kiss on the cheek, but instead is pulled away by her father. Mr. Ambrose goes on and tells Alessandra that "he is beneath us." Alessandra is forced to drop the flowers and leave Nicolas on the street, confused and saddened.
The story jumps to 1912, where Alessandra has become a part of society. Alessandra is leaving the Wellsburg Library and sees Nicolas on the adjacent street dressed in a gentleman's suit. She runs uncautiously across the street as a truck appears. Nicolas runs and pushes Alessandra out of the truck's path in the nick of time to save her life, but sacrifices his.
Alessandra is at Nicolas' burial and mourns over his gravesite. The scene then skips to Alessandra speaking with Nicolas' mother. Ms. Riles informs Alessandra of a journal Nicolas kept, and asked for Alessandra to have it. After reading many heart-wrenching entries, Alessandra cries on Nicolas' bedroom floor and falls into a deep depression.
Three days pass, and Alessandra is held up in her bedroom listening to records on her gramophone. When her father asks her to meet a new neighbor boy, she recollects a journal entry.
Finally, we see Alessandra making peace with the ghosts of her past by placing a set of flowers onto Nicolas' tombstone, similar to the flowers in Part I, and drives away with the neighbor boy in his Model T as the scene comes to a close with "The End" and Enrico Caruso's "Dreams of Long Ago" playing in the background.
The credits consist of a passenger steamship docked in the Port of Wellsburg as rain falls and a piano cover version of We The King's "Secret Valentine" by Chelsey Morgan Wojcik plays in the background.
The total running time is 13:56 minutes. To see the brickfilm in three parts, please go to http://www.youtube.com/user/coreyteen13 and go to the My Videos section.
In February 2010, Wellsburg: Parts I, II, and III was submitted into the 13th Annual Jay Sanders Film Festival, sponsored by Movie Gallery and Auburn University.
In March, I got the notice that Wellsburg: Parts I, II, and III was a finalist in the Animation Genre of the High School Filmmaker Category. The public was held at Auburn University on April 15th, 2010, and Wellsburg: Parts I, II, and III took home FIRST PRIZE in the High School Category!