I think in general, the creative process requires a lot of re-thinking and discussions with other people.
Because I think, as an artist, I very easily go into my … or am trapped in my own world. That would
make my art very easy to be isolated from other people. Sometimes I will tell my idea in different
forms. For example, I will show the storyboard to people and ask them to read it like comic books
and see whether they got it. Or sometimes, I break down the script into index cards and ask the
people to play it like a poker card. So, when they read the card, they will re-arrange the story to me.
And then sometimes, I give a lot of … ‒ even with friends, I just keep talking to them like a oneminute-
pitch. I’ll tell them, „ok, if there’s a story in the newspaper, will you go buy tickets to see it?“.
Things like that. How the idea can exist in different forms actually really excites me. This is also part
of the process that probably is not falling into the regular film-making procedure, but how I myself as
an artist is trying to render a better idea or details in the movie.
Sometimes when I talk about, „oh, I am making a film about my mum“, they will start sharing
experience with their mums. For example, this new project of mine is a daughter-and-mother story.
So, I try to remember some kind of experience with my sister and my mother. And then I sort of
created this situation where the daughter was using her mother’s lipstick when she was six years old
and then, when the daughter returns ‒ 30 years old ‒, then the mother will use the daughter’s
lipstick at the same time. That kind of change I was asking, „does it actually happen in real life? That
when you were a child, you used your mother’s lipstick and you got blamed or yelled at for using an
adult item, but then, when you grow up, your mother will actually use your lipstick?“ ‒ And then
every woman would tell me it always happens. The sentence and the communication that always
happens is, the daughter will bring up the memories, „oh, when I was a child and used your lipstick,
you weren’t happy and now you use my lipstick“. It’s always like this. That is quite interesting to see
how all these tiny little details become a common experience and common story with all the
mother-and-daughter-relationships. And it is the details ‒ and I think this is the real touch that I want
to offer my audience. That they really can feel themselves in my story and in my piece as well.