Death by Shadows

Death by Shadows chronicles the four timelines of death in the life of Max Carlos. As he leaves behind the days of being an orphaned young man, he seeks to finally deliver judgment on the shadows of his past.

  • Bernard Jay Mercado
    Director
    Shadow Play: Before the Hunt, Shadow Play: The Meeting, Shadow Play, The Film Before the Film
  • Carmesi Estrella
    Writer
    The Shadow Play short film series
  • Bernard Jay Mercado
    Producer
    The Shadow Play short film series
  • Arvin Trinidad
    Key Cast
    Shadow Play: The Hunt, Shadow Play: The Meeting, Shadow Play
  • Ian Xia-Sat
    Key Cast
  • Dave Agbayani
    Key Cast
  • Sigmund Pecho
    Key Cast
  • Gianco Ante
    Director of Photography
    The Shadow Play short film series, Portrait
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Philippines
  • Country of Filming:
    Philippines
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • All Eyes and Ears, exhibition
    Philippines
    July 10, 2014
    Philippine premiere
    n/a
Director Biography - Bernard Jay Mercado

Bernard Jay Mercado is an independent director, screenwriter, and editor. His short films have been screened in various international and local film festivals. His most recent work, "Man in the Cinema House" (2015), a black-and-white silent film comedy and part-installation art, part-performance art hybrid is the recipient of the 2015 UP Film Institute Likha Adarna Best Thesis Film Award. He also served as apprentice to screenwriters Roy Iglesias and Ricky Lee.

With an individualistic, unique, avant-garde filmmaking voice, Mercado dreams to reinvent Philippine Cinema by going back to the classics. His current focus in filmmaking are period films and love letters to cinema, biographical films of unsung heroes, and gangster films. He also aims to adapt to film the komiks of modern-day Filipino artists. And to one day go back to the art of experimental filmmaking.

Currently, he is working on his third feature-length screenplay, which would be his debut feature film, Kundiman.

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