This is a short film assignment about "pain" for my directing class at UofM Missoula, taught by Lynn-Wood Fields. There were several parameters I had to adhere to, or I'd have made it differently; adding more cuts, for example. I shot the HD footage on my Canon 7D. The race scene was shot in SD widescreen on a Canon ZR800. It was edited in Premiere.
The story: Picking the subject about pain was obvious. Cleopatra River Queen was our six year old Doberman, who died this year from congestive heart failure. We don't have kids, so she was our baby. The last nine months of her life were hell, as my partner Piere and I watched her health continue to decline. Her life was prolonged by the use of medication and a change of diet (she ate better than we did!), but we knew it was just a matter of time. Some days were better than others. The last day of her life she was still chasing squirrels! She died in my arms on February 16th. I still miss her very much. Making this film was rough, but I'm glad I did. It gives me a lot of pleasure to watch her and remember the good times. She was amazing.
I hope you enjoy watching it.
PS Special thanks to Joni Mitchell, who always did know how to help me through the tough bits.