The Things I Can't Say

A University professor comes to terms with his inner self after a lesson.

  • Edoardo Novello
  • Edoardo Novello
  • Ramon Martinez
  • Kasey Esser
    Key Cast
  • Claire Fry
    Key Cast
  • Hansen Yang
    Director of Photography
  • Woodrow Chapman
  • Qianqian Zhao
    Camera Operator
  • Lance Li
  • Edoardo Novello
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 6, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    150 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Chapman University
Director Biography - Edoardo Novello

Growing up in Venice, Italy, Edoardo Novello has always been a great moviegoer, finding in his local movie theater the only escape from the daily routine and lonely childhood. Struck by “Screenplay” by Syd Field, he decided to pursue a BFA in Film Studies at the University of Bologna and later moved to America for an MFA in Film Production with Directing Emphasis at Chapman University, California. Through these learning years in Italy and America, Edoardo gradually realized why he loved films so deeply and why he wanted to be a director at all costs. Bazin, Deleuze, Epstein and all the other great thinkers of film art gave him a purpose as he comprehended that only by creating life in his films he could pay back the world for having given him his own life.

Over the years he developed a deep interest for human-centered stories. Working on award-winning documentaries and collaborating with medical institutions across the world. He has come to the understanding that only films that talk about truthful and grounded conflicts can stimulate us to think deeper and in a newer way about ourselves. To him, visual stories can reveal new aspects about ourselves and our lives by portraying on screen characters as complex as us.

Currently, Edoardo is working on a feature film about Benjamin. A 70-year-old man fearful of death who finds a way to relive his life once he discovers an alive newborn buried in the desert.

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Director Statement

The aim of this film is to show the complexity of human soul by only framing it on the screen, simply displaying the power of our emotions.
In specific, here we spectate the struggles of a University professor whose inner feelings shape the world around them. They want to be something else, somebody else. The visual medium externalises this process. We see what they really have in themselves. The beauty of what they could become.
This is what I think films should do, explore the images we reflect on the lens. Giving voice to our thoughts.