Dominique Van Olm statement:
The film came about as a passion project between myself and a group of Toronto creatives, primarily working in advertising who wanted to do something more artful. Orginally, Natalie Mathers (thecreative director and illustrator) had approached me with the idea of making a film centred around lipstick, which intrigued me as someone who typically doesn’t wear any. I was interested in learning more about other people’s experiences with makeup – how publicly expressive, yet initmate and individualized it could be at the same time. Wanting to follow a stream of consciousness about the experience of makeup, we decided not to feature any phsycial products. Instead, the acrylic panels (created by Natalie) were used to represent makeup as a layer of identity, and paralled the physical notions of makeup as shield, mirror and mask. They were really great to shoot through, both in the photography and filming.
‘I was interested in learning more about other people’s experiences with makeup.’
Dominique Van Olm is a Canadian filmmaker and photographer. She strives to push non-fiction into new directions while maintaining a focus on character-driven portraits, exploring the human condition against the backdrop of the natural world. As an extention of her filmmaking Dominique likes to photograph people and their relationship to space, whether in presence or absence.