Hard Rain

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Despite the rain this last week, life goes on. Or I suppose I should count myself among the lucky ones that I can say that. Besides helping recover some PVC pipe and an old science fair project from a flooded basement and having to clean out my gutters, I was relatively unaffected by the floods that hit the state. So, we keep moving forward.

This weekend brought two different projects which were just lucky enough to miss the rains as well. First was "Aurora", a short film from Gaston Yvorra, about a hotel, the inhabitants therein and a maid there who feels stuck in her job. There were some great performances from Jen Stone and Jason Delancy, and I can't wait to see it as a companion piece to "Commerce City", Gaston's last film, which I'm currently finishing up sound for. They're both powerful stories about people at the end of their ropes.

The other project was a wedding at Wash Park, which I joined a couple of my friends for. I don't generally do a lot of weddings, but this one was quite a bit of fun. It was very laid back, and everyone was relieved that we finished up the ceremony just as the wind and rain rolled in. So we moved into the boat house and the music started up. I think one of the reasons I don't connect with most weddings is because there doesn't always seem to be a story that's being told. Or there's too many. Or it's the same story over and over. "We've gathered here today." "Do you?" "I do." Of course it means a lot to the people involved, and it's entirely unique to them, but when you try to make any individual wedding look unique from another, it can be a little bit harder.

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I always find that the easiest way to make weddings work is to not try and hide the fact that you've seen it before. Don't try to cover the events with artistic style, just find the genuine moments. One such moment I found happened as I was panning through the crowd as everyone was dancing. Aretha Franklin was blaring out, "All I askin'... Is for a little respect" when I pan across an old gentleman laughing and dancing with the kids half his age. I settle on him a moment, but as I move to keep going, his eyes catch his friend from across the dance floor, and they begin to dance towards each other, matching one another move for move. With each new move, the smiles grow bigger on their faces, and when they finally reach each other, they embrace in a hug, laughing with all their hearts. It was a great little moment that I was happy to capture, and for me it was entirely unique and memorable, suitable for a wedding video.

So overall it was a good weekend. I hope everyone out there is safe from the flooding, but at the very least it's good to know that even in the midst of tragic events, the world can still be filled with laughing and dancing.