Hillary returns home to confront her boyfriend, Neil, with shocking news.
Through the effect of split-screens, the film examines the power behind facial expressions and body gestures. A study on emotions, behaviour and contradictions – attributes that make us human.
Writer/director/producer: Patrick T. Lo
“It was a strange shoot. Each set-up was shot four times with multiple takes. Each take of a quadrant needed to have the same runtime as the other quadrants for editing to work.
Slating became confusing at one point and by the time we were on scene 8C Take 4A, Brittany (Hillary) had already cried on camera six times with seven make-up resets. I’m glad I made this short, but I’m also glad I don’t have to shoot a film like this ever again.
With that said, the effect comes out the way I wanted.
I have always been a fan of films that get inside a character’s head and present their perspective(s) in a visual way. To me, that’s creating an empathetic experience rather than a sympathetic one.
In the case of Faces of Hillary, we see four sides of the same character and, depending on where you look, you ‘see’ Hillary differently.
I guess it’s my version of a ‘choose your own adventure’ book: you don’t have to agree with her and her actions, but hopefully you can understand where she’s coming from by finding a quadrant that’s relatable to you.”
About Patrick T. Lo
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Patrick T. Lo is an interactive designer and independent filmmaker.
His work has screened in North America and Europe and been featured on ABC, Huffington Post, Wired, Toronto Star, National Post and more.
He is currently the co-founder and creative director of Cynical People, a boutique creative house based in Toronto that focuses on independent film projects.