Thero

With the death of his last comrade, an aged hero reminisces on the battles of his youth as he questions his mortality and legacy.

  • Nicholas Ladouceur
    Director
  • Nicholas Ladouceur
    Writer
  • Nicholas Ladouceur
    Producer
  • David Woodrow
    Key Cast
    "Thero"
  • Jessica Dreiling
    Key Cast
    "Orthos"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Nicholas Ladouceur

Ithaca College December 2017 Graduate. From Binghamton NY.

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Director Statement

Artist Statement

Film as an art form serves one main goal: to inspire the viewer to think about or look differently at the world. Whether this is something as grand as a call to action to stop climate change or minor as a comedy making someone laugh and smile for a while, films change mindsets. Every piece of production from pre to post is engineered to bring the viewer to a new state of mind. This is the job of the main artist, the director.
My goal as an artist is to transport the viewer to new worlds. Through these new worlds I assert new ways of thinking about topics which affect real life. Using an “unreal” place, viewers can judge the world accordingly. These worlds however are not completely different from our own. Those similarities lead the viewer to ponder the differences and relate them, enhancing the message with reference to our reality.
To achieve this I begin with a singular vision of finding the theme or feeling I want the viewer to explore. My writing often begins without names, everyone called by descriptions: The Father, The Runner, The Hero. This near blank slate allows the character to be written as almost an Everyman, an extension of the writer or viewer himself which further influences the viewer to more impactful messages and experiences. My work is influenced less by other films or directors, and more from other works of art and entertainment. The style of plays gives rise to my choreography and interactions between characters. Paintings influence my visuals. I imitate video games’ sense of wonder and ability to allow the player to “live” in a new world. Finally, novels shape my story with the precise structure and action portrayed throughout.
Art as a whole is a means to an end. Nothing is made without purpose. To find that purpose and meaning is why we as not just viewers but creators continue to ingest and output opinions and different thoughts about the world. As an artist, I strive to share my views and consider those of others to make the most of the art I create.