This one’s quick, because we just finished shooting the Coffee By Design Holiday Party at Empire (p.s. it was awesome). I found this on a friend’s Facebook page yesterday and was struck by the wonder these people created just using the element of surprise to the umpteenth degree.
Surprises are great because they make normal things special. A candy bar? Not that special if you’re buying gas and do an impulse buy at the counter. However, if your coworker shows up with your favorite candy bar, that’s special! Going to see a choral concert with a friend? Nice, but not totally strange… Sitting at the food court in the mall and having the chorus come to you? Surprise! So special.
P.S. I cried a little every time the camera panned to a little kid watching this. They have no idea the world isn’t like this normally! If that ain’t some Xmas magic, I don’t know what is.