Private Project

Unbroken

David, a conflicted man, discovers his true paternal instincts and rekindles memories when he meets a boy named Noah who is on his way to school.

  • Brandon Wheeler
    Director
    Little One, One in Seven
  • Jared Sharam
    Writer
    Disconnected
  • Connor Kustura
    Producer
  • David Brenneman
    Key Cast
    "David Marsh"
  • Jaden Oehr
    Key Cast
    "Noah Cooke"
    Riverdale
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Brandon Wheeler

Brandon is a motivated & professional individual with over 4 years of experience working in the film industry. He is known for Directing dramatic shorts including "Little One (2019)" and "Unbroken (2020)". Brandon's extensive knowledge of filmmaking has been a great asset in excelling within the film industry in roles such as a Producer, Director, Writer, Actor and various others.

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Director Statement

Unbroken is an unconventional story as dramas go; and I complemented this story with unconventional elements of filmmaking. The reason why I wanted to achieve this, lies within the story itself. We have a protagonist (David, 29) who’s is mentally conflicted with immense internalized emotion. To contrast that we have another main character; a boy (Noah, 12) who is very much outspoken and confident. Their age, emotional & mental state, and personality are on both sides of each spectrum; displaying contrast overall. The story is what comes first to me; and I wanted every other element to complement it accordingly. I wanted to think different compared to traditional cinematography strategies such as the use of static wide angles. I needed camera & lighting to add to the overall tone/mood of the film. A great comparison to my vision would be the 2017 Sundance film called “Columbus”. Static camera & minimal movements add to the story throughout. Also, I aimed for the film to have an overall slow pace to allow uncomfortable beats through dialogue. This can also add to the film tonally. Ubroken is undoubtably a unique story; attached with deep subtext and emotional beats.