06/03/2013 08:54 am ET

'Man's Best Friend,' Short Film About A Man Losing His Dog, Is Beautiful And Sad (VIDEO)

A lot of people use the phrase "man's best friend" to talk about dogs, but few people have put it as well as Indiana-based cinematographer Chris Neal in his short film, "Man's Best Friend."

In the moving two-minute video, Neal's father, Todd, describes what it was like having to put down the family dog, a mutt named Griffey who had recently developed tumors and had difficulty standing up.

"I meant to put him down, a ways back, but I just kept putting it off and putting it off," Todd says.

But eventually he had to go through with it.

"To see him pass away was just really unreal. It was just the end of an era," he explains.

Neal, 22, says he wanted to make the film because he "knew it would be emotional." By cutting his father's interview with original music Neal composed himself and archival family footage from old VHS tapes, he easily achieves that effect.

Click the video above to watch.



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