When Jen’s son disappears in a game of hide-and-go seek, she unwittingly embarks on a journey through time in order to find him.
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Where You Are
Directed by Graham Parkes
“Created as a tribute to the resilient parent, Graham Parkes’ 13-minute short Where You Are follows a mother’s enduring journey through time as she struggles to keep track of her son’s unpredictable whereabouts. Perfectly encapsulating the paternal panic felt when a loved-one appears to be slipping from your grip, Parkes’ film is an emotional rollercoaster that feels universally relatable and refreshingly inventive.
Shot on an Alexa over five days, Parkes credits his talented team and rigorous prep for the success of his film. Although due to restraints in finance and time, the director did have to make some changes to his original vision.
“The DP Chris [Ripley] and I initially imagined it as a ‘oner’, which is sort of a specialty of his in his music video work”, says Parkes. “We wanted it to play continuously as if in a single take, using only hidden cuts. We soon realized that we just didn’t have the budget or rehearsal time to make that work, and that it wasn’t worth sacrificing performance or emotional resonance for this show-offy technical thing. But we still strived to get that sort of ‘roller coaster’ feeling– tracking her through the space in long uninterrupted takes, and revealing the shocking things she witnesses in camera, as opposed to cutting to them”.
Created as a way to try to understand the dedication and commitment a mother/father experiences, Parkes recognises that there are already a wealth of films out there that celebrate the “hero parent”. And although his story follows a mum going to some extraordinary ends to ensure how child is safe, it was the everyday he wanted to celebrate with Where You Are. With the director admitting he really just wanted to “pay some tribute to what an intellectual and emotional feat it is for even the most unexceptional parent to raise a child in the modern world”.
And for me, this is where Parkes’ film is at its most successful. Yes, it’s a fantasy, but its grounded in reality and whatever message or feeling you take from watching Where You Are, we should all relate to it in some form. After all, everyone is someone’s child.” – S/W Curator Rob Munday
Sarah Burns as Jen
Eric Edelstein as Lenny
Brendan Scannell as Kid on Bike/ Katie
Lewis Pullman as Adult James
Jacob Melton as Teen James
Hudson West as Young James
Dileep Rao as Talk Show Host
Co-producered by Natalie Berkus, Griffin Libby-Blesser
Associate Produced by Chiara Towne
Casting by Dylan Jury
1st AD: Margaret Fitzpatrick
2nd AD: Jesse Orrall
Key PA: Austin Park
Production Sound Recordist: Jack Sobo
Boom Operator: Trevor Estes
1st AC, Camera Operator: Sten Olson
Key Grip: Austin Lewis
Best Boy Grip: Joanna Nguyen
Gaffer: Gregory Loebell
Best Boy Grip: Eleazar Gonzalez
Gaffer: Brock Kingsland
1st AC (additional): Joseph Soria
Best Boy Electric: Chase DuBose
Camera Operator: Jacob Perry
1st AC: Conor Moulton
Best Boy Electric (additional): Phil Collins
Key Grip (additional): Yohan Herman
Costumes: Kim Sheree
Visual Effects: Isaac Morhaim
Colorist: Christopher Ripley
Sound Editor: Jack Sobo
Production Associates: Cal Brisbin, Simona Kessler
Post Production Assistant: Austin Park
Art Department: Alex Stamm
Makeup Artist: Wren Witting
Additional Makeup: Veronica Davy, Ann Beckett
Photography: Madeline Wilson
Set Teacher: Maureen Estes
Reproduced on this channel with the permission of the filmmakers.