After living in the shadows for years, two hard-working illegal Chinese immigrants decide to use their day off to have fun for the first time in their American lives. The journey begins when the older man, Zhang, forces the younger and more cautious Lin to leave their run down apartment and enjoy themselves for a day. While Lin initially thinks Zhang is asking for too much and causing nothing but trouble, he comes to understand Zhang better through the experience. By the end, Lin becomes the risk-taker and continues the journey to a free life. This story is very important to the team, as they have faced many of the challenges that Lin and Zhang overcome during the course of the film.
Zhinan Zhao (Carter), Director
Zhinan Zhao (Carter) is a Chinese director, cinematographer and editor. In 2009, Zhinan moved to Canada for his bachelor degree in Media Studies and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013. Working as a freelance videographer since 2011, Zhinan has vast experience in shooting commercials, TV series, documentaries and short films. Zhinan is also the owner of Orchid Culture Inc., a Canadian production studio specialized in making commercials and wedding films.
Zhinan has a two-year old son and the experience of being a father in a different country always makes him feel obligated to make a film that can help immigrants.
Marshall Chen, Cinematographer
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television from Boston University in 2016, Marshall Chen freelanced in Los Angeles as a production assistant and cinematographer for a year. During this time, Marshall’s film work competed in several local film festivals and was screened in LA and Norman, OK.
Marshall is currently pursuing an MFA in Cinema and Media Production at Boston University and is honored to be the cinematographer for the film In the Shadows. As a Chinese immigrant studying and working in the U.S., he has experienced the same frustration and bias that Zhang and Lin face in this film. With a similar cultural background and love of this story, Marshall is ready to take on any technical and aesthetic challenges this film might bring.
Eric Moots, Producer
Eric Moots was born and raised in central Florida before moving to Boston for his undergraduate degree. After graduating from Boston University with his Bachelor of Science in Film and Television, Eric returned to BU for his Master’s in Television with a concentration in Producing and Management.
He has worked on numerous thesis films at Boston University and has had his work showcased at festivals across America in the Redstones Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival and more.
Jim DanDee, Associate Producer
Jim received his Bachelor's and Master's degree from BU's College of Communications before launching his own production studio, Auspicious Phoenix Productions. His projects have won many awards across North America, and has been featured as a finalist in the 41st Student Academy Awards. He now works as a professor at Boston University, teaching Production 1, Basic Cinematography and Production 2.
This 10 minute short film is an MFA thesis film for Boston University and is the culmination of 8 months of work. This project gives us an opportunity to show our skills before leaving school and entering the professional world.
Our goal with this film is to show all those who feel isolated in society because of their nationality that they are not alone and that there are other people with similar voices out in the world.
The film will begin and end production in late May, and there will be a final cut with an original score by the end of September.
We hope you consider donating to the project, as every dollar we raise will substantially improve the final product of the film.
We receive a small stipend from Boston University, but it alone isn't enough to produce this project, so we're turning to Kickstarter and the support of our friends and family to make up the difference. Every dollar donated to this project will go towards paying for the film. Specifically, here's where your money is going:
Transportation - We need to pay to get crew, actors and equipment to and from set. This means renting vans and cars.
Craft Services - The biggest need of the film. To keep the actors and crew energized and going once they get to set, we need to pay for food and drinks.
Actors - For this film, we are hiring professional actors to tell the story of Lin and Zhang, as we feel it is important that their story is told with the utmost authenticity. Below is a breakdown of where the money we raise from Kickstarter is going, by category:
Risks and challenges
As with all films, there are risks involved with the project. These include the risk of losing footage to hardware malfunctions, actors, crew and locations falling through, and the production being delayed by unforeseen circumstances.
With that said, our producing team is very experienced and know how to overcome and avoid these obstacles while maintaining the integrity of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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