It’s so wild looking back on old projects! I directed this short four years ago. It was a real transitional time for me stylistically, moving from realistic worlds to the built worlds I’ve spent the past years of my life in. Cleo was the first of all of the videos and pictures I’m making now, made just a few months before Red Moon, and about three weeks before I moved to LA.
It was shot in a dilapidated warehouse in Yakima, Washington. There were no local lights inside where we were shooting, so we were fumbling around the whole day. Plus it was 108 degrees outside and there was no air conditioning or even windows to help circulate the air. And we shot it on super 8mm film, which for some reason was really really important to me at the time. It was basically the worst day ever.
The script is less of a story and more of a vehicle for my thoughts on love at the time. It totally preempts my PSA series. I’m only noticing this today as I started writing a PSA that shares the moral of Cleo:
Don’t worry about anything.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy Cleo in the Universe. It’s not that bad!