My thesis My Father’s Secret is a 20-minute short fiction film. It tells the story of a 17- year-old schoolboy Ying and his single father Hua, who live in a small town in China. Ying’s life is very peaceful until one day he finds out his father’s secret, that Hua had a gay lover Uncle Feng, the man who claimed to be Hua’s friend. Ying’s life changes and to make it worse, he learns that his father is dying. Ying has to accept the truth and, at the same time, begins to learn how to get along with Uncle Feng.

The film was shot with two 5D Mark II cameras with two sets of 24mm-70mm and 70mm-200mm lenses, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Pro Tools, and color graded in DaVinci Resolve 12.

In this paper, I will discuss my experience from conception to production to screening at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Family secrets--China--Drama; Gay fathers--China--Drama

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Film and Animation (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Film and Animation (CIAS)


Peter Kiwitt

Advisor/Committee Member

Malcolm Spaull

Advisor/Committee Member

Frank Desse


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PN1996 .Z426 2016


RIT – Main Campus

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