The 30-minute long story A Shadow Remains really made me cry and laugh when I watched it. At first I just saw a less than 2-minute trailer and I was immediately absorbed by it. Then I watched the full story although it is long and it costs. I would like to define this story as one about family love, about relationship between parents and children. The story tells us how the deaths of parents can affect a child emotionally.
Structured chronologically, the story combines stills and videos. The whole story is just like a film, which unfolds the story of this family. I was actually already grabbed by the first several scenes and the very first few sentences. The old video clips showing the wedding of the subject’s parents, his beautiful mom as the bride, and his baby sister during the first minute are edited and put together in a way as if the subject is dreaming of them or thinking about them. They seem so real but so far. Especially when they are accompanied with the sentences about how he cannot believe they are not here anymore, it really made me cry. What is more amazing is that such scenes repeat several times later in the story, which really makes audience feel that he is always dreaming of such scenes and thinking of those he loves so much. The audience are really involved emotionally. I also like photos of empty beds or chairs where the subject’s parents used to rest, which makes audience heart-broken.
The subject is the narrator of this story throughout the whole video. One of the things I love most is that he is not expressing how he felt sad and lost all the time. He did tell some really funny stories about his dad, such as how his dad made fun of fat people or how his dad worried that his mom was having a new boyfriend. It made audience nearly see what kind of people his parents are. Also, some of the sentences he used really touched our heart powerfully. One of them is: And I have always lived with the things that she left — her books and her toys and the memory of her, the shadow of her.
This story doesn’t use much natural sound. Maybe the only natural sound used is at the end of the story. We can hear how the subject’s little daughter running and playing with her father and there is sound of the sea. I think this is good because it makes audience feel that these are the only things that are real now and these are the things the subject have at present. The scenes about his parents are only memories. However, the next generation seems to be a new bond between parents and children, even between the subject himself and his parents because he found something in his daughter resembling his parents.