Private Project

Blind Spots

Young Henry is struggling with the changing relationship he has with his older brother, Jaxon, and when they are both involved in a freak accident Henry must come to terms with the fact that Jaxon may not be the role model he once looked up to.

  • Danny McCrea
    "F^¢k 'Em R!ght B@¢k" directed by Harris Doran
  • Danny McCrea
  • Adam Bowen
  • Adam Turrisi
    Director of Photography
  • Natalie Pluto
    Assistant Director
  • Joshua Rubenstein
    Key Cast
  • Alki Halkiotis
    Key Cast
  • Amir Valian
    Key Cast
  • Olga Kuznetsova
    Key Cast
  • David Linthicum
    Assistant Camera
  • Michael Bittner
    Assistant Camera
  • Nick Regine
  • Cameron Franzoni
    Key Grip
  • Abhijeet Toor
  • Alex Pacheco
  • Jack Gagnon
  • Ben Toppi
  • Evan Chan
  • Scott Salvatore
  • Luca Francini
  • Tobia Montanari
    Color Grading
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of Age, Character Study
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, bRAW
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Danny McCrea

Danny McCrea was born in Annapolis, Maryland on October 15th, 1997. He recently got his Bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Film from Towson University and he has a strong passion for narrative filmmaking. Being a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Danny also takes pride in representing them and telling stories based in humanism and reality.
Danny has written and directed multiple short films, in addition to being 1st AD for the 2022 Sundance selection "F^¢k 'Em R!ght B@¢k" directed by Harris Doran and shot by Tyler Davis. Currently, Danny is assistant directing his first feature film in New York for "Madeline's Madeline" producer Amenya Makuku and hopes to keep making shorts and direct his own feature soon!

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Director Statement

I've had to do a lot of growing up in the past few years, and something that heavily influenced my life was coming out to my friends and family. I struggled with identity my whole life and was never living authentically, but three years ago I decided it was time. Even though I had a ton of support, there will always be people that treat you differently and start to show their true colors. For me, that happened to be with my best friends. I really struggled with the idea that these people I had been around for years were not who I thought they were; this image I had of my friends for so long was completely fading. This is where the idea for this film started.
I took the idea of how one instance can you make you see someone differently forever - that feeling when your role model stops being your role model. I formed a story around it and made it about two brothers, because, for me, these friends felt like brothers to me. I wanted to make the film look and feel familiar, so anyone viewing it can feel like they experienced something similar when growing up, so it has a nostalgic tone to it and takes place in the earlier 2000's.
I also wanted to add some subtle nods to sexual orientation without being upfront about it. This is a young boy who has a lot to figure out, but one thing is for sure: he's been trying to fit in by using this role model as a form of security - sacrificing his own feelings and desires to become an inauthentic version of himself. Sexual orientation is a slow realization for many and can take many years to discover, as it did for me, so I wanted to introduce the idea that Henry could have these feelings, but he is so young and naive that he couldn't possibly realize yet.

All of these ideas culminated in this short film and I couldn't be prouder of the cast and crew! This was my thesis film for my Narrative Filmmaking course before graduating and I was blessed to be surrounded by a plethora of brilliant filmmakers to help bring it to life.