David's Story

David Cole is one of the four teens of “The Backyard Philly Project.” He was kind enough to share what the making of this film has meant to him. These are his words, completely unedited. We are blessed to know David and to have worked with him and to know his story.

Photo by Nienke Izurieta

Photo by Nienke Izurieta

Photo by David Cole

Photo by David Cole

Even though we had a limited amount of time to work together every moment meant something.

Working with Amanda and the Ferasha Films crew has been an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much about the process of filmmaking and photography. It takes a lot of work and patience to have good work. During the time I had the Flip camera I had time to work one on one with one of the crew members Nienke, she’s just the best. Even though we had a limited amount of time to work together every moment meant something. At first I was skeptical about even working with Amanda and Nienke, I knew how good my work was but at the same time I was working with professionals who had a different eye than I did. Surprisingly the outcome came out pretty good, and they were very impressed with my work.

I always get asked the question “why are you in the movie?” and I use to just answer “I don’t know.” But really it’s because I want too, I have a story to tell just like everyone else only difference that mines is documented. When we would record throughout the neighborhood we would get look from people and things were said also. It was best to just ignore them, why? Because you didn’t want to stoop to their level and because you didn’t want to mess up the shot. It’s a lot of editing involved so less mistakes would be best.

I got a lot out of this too, since I been more active with my photography people have been asking me to be their photographer, do their weddings so many opportunities have opened for me thanks to the Ferasha Films group. I’m so grateful for everything that they have done for me. So many doors opened and are still opening for me. I don’t know where I would be now without all of the help that I have got from them. My story isn’t over.