In Your Father's Shadow

A recollection of a life-threatening ordeal from the past helps an elderly man to mend the familial bonds between himself, his niece, and his deceased father.

  • Evan Salce
    Director
  • Evan Salce
    Writer
  • Evan Salce
    Producer
  • Alex Chenery-Howes
    Producer
  • Bob Telford
    Key Cast
    Best of the Best, Riding with James Dean
  • Chanel Marriott
    Key Cast
    Penny Arcade, Alison's Choice, Hawaii Five-0
  • James Hamrick
    Key Cast
    Devil's Knot
  • Mike Dowling
    Key Cast
    Battle Scars, Sovereign, Guardian, The American Dream
  • Ryan Rambach
    Editor
    Bottled Up, Scout's Oath, Time Before Time
  • Ryan Rambach
    Directors of Photography
    Bottled Up, Scout's Oath, Time Before Time
  • Cullen Parr
    Directors of Photography
    BRAND: A Second Coming, Planets, Scout's Oath
  • Christopher Walker
    Original Score
  • Christopher Harris
    Film Orchestrator
  • Cullen Parr
    Visual Effects and Titles
    BRAND: A Second Coming, Planets, Scout's Oath
  • Alec Nordin
    1st AD
  • Joshua Dancu
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Alec Nordin
    Key Grips
  • Aaron Reichlin
    Key Grips
  • Ryan Metzler
    Gaffers
    Cutting Up, Ethnorepresentation
  • Isaac Tovares
    Gaffers
    Mestizo, and At All Times, Herald
  • Andrew Murray
    On-Set Sound, Re-Recording Mixer, and Foley Artist
  • Evan Salce
    Costumes
  • Jessica Galvez
    Hair & Makeup
  • Chris Bradley
    Stunt Coordinator
    Time Lapse, United 300, Childrens Hospital
  • Ethan Becker
    Concept Artist
  • MItchell Lestner
    Sound Editor
    Talents, Scout's Oath, Spongebob SquarePants
  • Jerimiah Morey
    Colorist
    The Hurt Locker, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End
  • Kara Sullivan
    Casting Director
    Abuelo, Bottles, G Love
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Evan Salce

Born and raised in Pasadena, CA, Evan Salce knew that he was destined to pursue a career in filmmaking, from the minute his parents sat him down to watch "Star Wars" on VHS with introductions by Leonard Maltin (he was a 5th grader, at the time). It was from this fascination with Leonard Maltin's interviews, coupled with the work that his mother did over at ABC, that sparked Evan's drive to begin filming anything and everything. Acquiring a banged up DV20, Evan would continue to shoot small films with his friends around the L.A. area to upload to YouTube, in addition to running a Film Club at his middle school/high school.

It wasn't until entering school at Occidental College that Evan broke this mold and met his lifelong friends and film partners Ryan Rambach and Cullen Parr. This team of filmmakers became a force to be reckoned with, filming things ranging from campus-wide events to music videos. Upon graduating from college, the three film partners struck up a film company known as Last Picture Creative, LLC and moved into an apartment together to continue their business practice.

Evan now works at Machinima, Inc. as the company's Production Coordinator, while finding time to voice act, write screenplays, cosplay, stream video games on Twitch.tv, and help manage both Last Picture Creative, LLC and his newly formed production company, Super 8-Bit Entertainment.

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Director Statement

In Your Father's Shadow centers on an older man, named Arty, who recounts his tumultuous relationship with his late father to his niece, Nera. However, the recollection of a life-threatening ordeal from the past, where the spirit of Arty’s father helped save his life, manages to mend the familial bond and love shared between himself, his deceased father, and Nera. It’s through the retelling of this story to his niece that Arty gains a believer that reaffirms his sense of worth, while she finds an understanding friend in him.

This film seeks to examine the possibility of individuals being able to move forward with their lives when they are tied to the shadows of their pasts, pasts that happen to center around their immediate families. Do they embrace these shadows to move on with their lives? Reject them? Will the decisions they make ultimately set their spirits free?

With cinematography and editing that allows audiences to hang onto every little expression of the characters in the film, a combination of film techniques that harken back to the works of Sam Mendes and Steven Spielberg (The Road to Perdition (2002) and War Horse (2011)), In Your Father’s Shadow hopes to take the concept of a broken family and analyze what can lead to these fractures in familial bonds. This introspective look at the inner workings of what keeps a family unified, coupled with the visually poignant emotional journey of the film’s characters across multiple generations, may hopefully shed light on the key factors that unify and keep a family of multiple generations together during even the most difficult and extraordinary of times.

In order to further progress this concept of familial unification without overly-complicating the personal arcs of the film’s characters, I chose to focus my efforts on creating two distinct story locations: the present day versus the 1970s. By implementing diffused lighting that gradually transforms into warmer light tones in the present day setting of the film, the film is able to showcase to audiences the reparation of familial ties between two generations of broken families. The dark and dangerous aesthetic of the 1970s warehouse flashback, on the other hand, creates a stark enough contrast to situate the memories of the past as a time best left forgotten and moved beyond by Arty.

My crew and I are students in the Media Arts and Culture Program at Occidental College, and In Your Father's Shadow is my senior thesis film. Ryan Rambach, Cullen Parr, and I are no strangers to filmmaking, as our last big collaboration was on the music video, Strange Nostalgia, which serves as a testament to the type of quality work that can be expected when the three of our minds come together on any project. You can view Strange Nostalgia at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WST9vQlBGWY.

While taking this film along the U.S. festival circuit is the next step in our filmic endeavor, Ryan, Cullen, and I plan to stay in touch after college and continue to direct, produce, and edit each other’s films in the Los Angeles area. I currently have three other projects in the works: a trilogy sci-fi series about life on Earth after there is no longer water on it, a road trip movie in the same vein as The Hangover (2009), and a 1950s period piece about a Mexican welterweight champion during the Korean War. This experience has been a good one for me in terms of revealing the massive amounts of planning that are required if a film shoot is to be carried out in a smooth and efficient manner. For that life lesson, I thank the college and Dr. Broderick Fox for all of the guidance that has been offered to me.