When lonely officer worker Al is rejected by a female colleague, he uses a voice hacking program to create her into an ideal girlfriend.
This scene is the set up of both the plot and of the man character Al. I wanted him in stark difference to Lindsey - an awkward, desperate and selfish man compared to a woman we would all empathise with and/or aspire to be similar to.
Al begins to create an ideal girlfriend out of Lindsey where the main objective is that he is the ideal version of himself.
While it seems innocent to start, Al begins to exploit Lindsey in ways she has no knowledge of.
But when Lindsey goes missing and the recordings between them are made public, Al and his fabrications become the centre of attention.
Chelsea was introduced as a character who helps others to help herself. I wanted to portray her as a compulsive helper, someone who sees an opportunity to take on someone's pain.
As the lie grows, tensions causes divisions and Al relies on the kindness of others to retain his new found role.
I thought it was important to address the current movement but also flip it to examine where new ideas of empowerment can be exploited against the ones who need it most.
Forced to take greater risks, Al is finally brought down with grave consequences.
Pride comes before fall and Al faces the ultimate punishment; shame in front of his most fervent believer. It is a woman’s hope that this sort of event would make any man remorseful and ashamed. But the following scene in prison shows Al doesn’t change as a result of this, choosing instead to live in his own distorted imagination. This is the scene where I employed the most elements of sound design and multiple locations.