From the film-maker:
Deciding on a painting for inspiration wasn’t easy, and I really wanted to find a picture that caused a gush of ideas without any conscious effort. This painting did just that: it inspired the idea of the window itself being a portrait, and the relationship we have with looking outside.
The other theme that greatly interested me was craving and wanting something. To me wishful thinking and fantasy are better than reality. To want something is sometimes almost better than actually getting it.
As the window literally frames reality, it becomes the canvas of the real and compartmentalises the vastness and complexity of the world. It acts as an advertisement of the potential this planet offers. Allowing the projection of personal wants and thoughts to play across it in its promise of opportunity and chance, this ironic relationship with our introspective side allows the merging of the real with the dream.
A piece inspired by The Charity of St Nicholas of Bari, attributed to Girolamo Macchietti, about 1555-60