It was a lark, really: Claudia saw the announcement and said "we should do this!" The competition's theme was "What is beauty?" so we had to think about that for a bit.
We did a preliminary location scout at Chanticleer, but they were just closing for the season the day we went in.
Kind of tough to do a short in a competition with the word "bloom" in it at the end of November!
It was time for plan B.
But before we could execute plan B, we really had to come back to what we thought about beauty. For each of us, the answer came surprisingly quickly.
Claudia finds beauty in the imperfect - it's one of the many things that is delightful about her.
For me, beauty is nothing objective, but rather a choice: beauty is where you choose to see it, perhaps where you allow yourself to see it. In this way, beauty becomes bilateral: it's not just what you see or hear, it's what you choose to bring to it.
Once again, Claudia was the main driver of our project, but Tom Hartmann weighed in as well.
Tom suggested a couple of locations in Fishtown and Northern Liberties, so we packed up our gear and joined him there. We decided to challenge ourselves by going simple -- after all, we were already of a mind that beauty is where you choose to see it and in imperfect things -- so we limited ourselves to a Canon Rebel SL1 with a couple of their STM lenses, while Claudia went even further, limiting herself to the camera on my iPhone!
The next day, Claudia directed us to Bartram's Garden (I'd never heard of it before), and we got the rest of our shots.
Well, not quite: the NEXT day, we went out together and I took some additional footage (again, on the iPhone 6, with NO auxiliary anything -- it was all shot hand-held, too) next door at home!
Then it was into the edit suite to pull together what we had. Claudia selected music that couldn't have fit more perfectly for what eventually became IMPERFECT THINGS, while I asked local musician, music teacher and friend John F. Short III to record an acoustic guitar performance for what became WHERE YOU CHOOSE TO SEE IT.
Three nights ago, Claudia and I joined members of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, and students at Temple University for a screening of the finalists, and I'd be lying if I wrote it wasn't exciting to see our work projected onto a 30' screen.
And when you see your work on something that big, MAN, do you see what you'll do better next time!
Special thanks especially to Joan Bressler and the rest of the great crew at GPFO.