In The Shadows

In the earlier years of the protagonist's life, they found themselves situated in downtown, precisely at Queen Street. Near, across the thoroughfare, a conspicuously imposing gentleman bore a disquieting countenance that induced a sense of profound apprehension within the narrator. Fearing for their safety, the protagonist began to actively seek a means of retreat.
Their attention was subsequently drawn to a taxicab positioned ahead, compelling the protagonist to hasten towards it. However, as they attempted to access the vehicle by reaching for the door, the taxi driver abruptly engaged the locking mechanism, thereby heightening the narrator's panic. With an increasing sense of urgency, the narrator implored the driver to expedite their departure.
Simultaneously, the eerie figure approached the taxi, endeavoring to gain ingress, with the nightmarish visage of this individual leaving an indelible imprint upon the narrator's memory. Providentially, the taxi driver promptly accelerated, permitting the narrator to successfully elude the disconcerting encounter.

  • Aayush Gupta
  • Wuttipat Jirawanitcharoen
  • Aayush Gupta
  • Wuttipat Jirawanitcharoen
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 27, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K, 23.99fps, iPhone 14
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Auckland University of Technology
Director Biography - Aayush Gupta, Wuttipat Jirawanitcharoen

As a visionary filmmaker, I have woven captivating narratives that transcend genres. My keen storytelling instincts, coupled with a masterful command of cinematography. From gripping documentaries to evocative fiction, my work reflects a deep understanding of the human experience. With a unique ability to elicit emotions through the lens, I continue to push boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on the world of cinema.

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Director Statement

In this documentary, we delve into a harrowing incident from the earlier chapters of our protagonist's life, a moment that left an enduring imprint on their psyche. Situated on Queen Street, downtown, a palpable sense of unease descended as an imposing figure cast a shadow across their path. The subsequent pursuit for safety unfolds against the backdrop of a taxicab, where a desperate attempt to escape takes an unexpected turn. This narrative is a poignant exploration of fear, resilience, and the indomitable human spirit in the face of an unsettling encounter, inviting viewers to reflect on the fragility of life and the unexpected allies that propel us forward.