Where Were You?

When two childhood best friends become implicated in a terrible murder, they must work with a group of their friends to find out the truth about what happened in order to save themselves from potential criminal charges. Throughout their investigation, drama ensues, as devastating secrets come to light about the murder, the murderer and the group themselves.

  • Caden H. Hollander
    Director
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  • Magnus Fulton
    Director
  • Caden H. Hollander
    Writer
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  • Magnus Fulton
    Writer
  • Magnus Fulton
    Producer
  • Caden H. Hollander
    Producer
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  • Emma Hollander
    Producer
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  • Blake Parker
    Producer
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  • Aydin Haleftiras
    Producer
  • Magnus Fulton
    Key Cast
    "Alex"
  • Caden H. Hollander
    Key Cast
    "Evan Burgess"
  • Euan Cousar
    Key Cast
    "Zeke"
  • Ashley Reed
    Key Cast
    "Ariel"
  • Parker Cloutier
    Key Cast
    "Brandon"
  • Kennedy Reed
    Key Cast
    "Taylor"
  • Ethan Gilmour
    Key Cast
    "Myles"
  • Audrey Linton
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
  • Tyler Texeira
    Key Cast
    "Jonny"
  • Blake Parker
    Director of Photography
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  • Emma Hollander
    Assistant Director
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  • Caden H. Hollander
    Editor
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  • Blake Parker
    Costume Designer
  • Alison Viana
    Sound
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  • Lucas Tartaglia
    Composer
  • Tiffany Buu
    Makeup
  • Audrey Linton
    Makeup
  • Alysse Ohanian
    Makeup
  • Emma Hollander
    Propsmaster
  • Claire Wong
    Animation
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Comedy, Coming-of-Age
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Del Norte High School
Director Biography - Caden H. Hollander, Magnus Fulton

Caden H. Hollander and Magnus Fulton have been best friends since they met in fourth grade, and have been making movies together ever since. Where Were You?, their 10th and final project before they both went off to college, served as an exploration of their friendship and the loss of childhood. Currently, Caden studies Film/TV Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and Magnus works as an animator and artist based in the San Francisco area. They remain friends and hope to continue working together in the future.

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Director Statement

Magnus and I have been making movies since fourth grade, when we ran around our neighborhood with an iPod Nano filming our own adaptation of Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing." Since then, we've continued to document our experiences growing up through our work, and Where Were You? marks our tenth collaboration since that infamous "film" we made together in elementary school.

With this movie, we wanted to explore the end of childhood, and how people who were best friends as kids can suddenly be torn away from each other based on circumstances completely out of their control. We thought it was important that we played the two main characters, so that we could bring our own experiences into these roles, and our dynamic of having been friends and collaborators for nearly ten years.

We worked incredibly hard to tell this story, but do it in a way that wasn't overly dramatic and sentimental, and as we started to expand the world we decided it would be perfect to set our story amidst the chaos of a murder mystery thriller.

We made the movie on a shoestring budget of just under $2000 USD, running around San Diego with our friends trying to film scenes and connect the dots of our story. Much of the dialogue in the film was improvised, and we were so lucky that we had such incredible performers in the movie that took that challenge with stride, and allowed the crazy, hectic environment of our set to inform their performances.

It's been over 2 years since we shot this film, but I still remember every moment so clearly, and know that I always will. Thank you for taking the time to watch our film, and we hope that you enjoy it and consider it.

Sincerely,
Caden H. Hollander