What We Owe – Synopsis

Noah struggles with moving forward with his serious girlfriend Emily, as he wants to be there 24/7 for his sick mother, Ann. When it is suggested that Ann be moved into an assisted living home, Noah cannot seem to let go, even the slightest.

Bryce Mercier

About the director, Bryce Mercier

Bryce Mercier is 21 years old and comes from Bradford, Ontario. Completing his final year of his Bachelor of Film & Television at Sheridan College. ‘What We Owe‘ is the second short film that he has directed since starting his directing career.

What inspired your film?

Our parents inspired our film, Ryan Cowan (writer) and I focused on that awkward transition in life where we get to the age where we start to become adult and you start to make the hard decisions. When you’re growing up you never think about how one day your parents will need your help like you did when you were little.

What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

Our biggest challenge when filming was just managing our time. We really wanted to nail every performance and make sure the lighting, blocking, and everything was exactly perfect. We often were running out of time to finish each scene. However we normally found a way to make up time.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

The best part about the experience is just seeing the reaction to the film. Seeing the audience get invested in the story and forming opinions on character’s actions. I couldn’t be happier with how people are reacting to the film.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

The best advice for aspiring filmmakers I can give is to stay open minded and flexible. “Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong” and you have to be willing to adapt to any and all situations. 

What’s next for you?

I’m currently just working and trying to create projects I’m passionate about and just getting my name out there. Hopefully one day I’ll be directing bigger projects! 

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