Something that I've noticed with people I meet and have caught in myself from time to time is a necessity to act and be who we are either expected to be and maintain a persona. Such a feeling can be especially common in our relationships, our ego and pride can get the best of us and so my goal for this project was to display both the front that we show outwardly and true feelings that lie underneath. The subject that came to mind right away was a relationship argument, a place where trying to maintain a persona can only make the situation worse.
I wanted to approach this concept without being over the top or stereotypical which meant that it was important to pay particular attention to the underlying emotions and create an environment for Allison and Seth to feel comfortable with each other and accept the scenario that I was looking to capture. In order to make that happen, we worked together to create a backstory, interacted with improv, played music from Glen Hansard, James Bay and Stars and we had the luxury of time.
The importance of having time and recognizing that you have said time is a key aspect to success especially when working with subjects that can very easily enter the realm of stereotypical because emotions like anger and sadness aren't fun and I'd venture to say most of us actively avoid experiencing as much as possible and for good reason: they are uncomfortable! Since we have that aversion, it is necessary to build trust and help paint the picture of motivation to back up the anger or sadness, otherwise it just isn't authentic. I was very impressed by their performances and it was a pleasure to work with both of them and I look forward to working with them again soon.