In our newest short film Neighbor, Daisy Lowe plays a girl who is trying to get the attention of her neighbor across the way. We see her putting in a great deal of effort to appear effortlessly beautiful. In the first scene, she wakes up in the morning and quickly ducks to the floor to hide from him until she has put on some makeup and her sexiest lingerie. In another scene, she takes a store-bought pie out of a box and places it on a plate, being sure to get some flour on her face to appear as if she’s baking (again, wearing sexy lingerie). But as the short film progresses, we see her and her neighbor form a relationship and she becomes far more natural – joking with him playfully through the window, she wears a casual sweater, messy ponytail, and no makeup. Behind this sweet love story is a message, and it’s all about the effort we put in, in order to appear effortless. We put effort into doing our hair in such a way that appears like we just rolled out of bed, and we put effort into doing makeup so that it looks like we aren’t wearing any. Why do we do this? If the key is looking natural, why not just be natural? And in the video, do you think Daisy’s efforts in the beginning, with her makeup and lingerie, attract her neighbor’s attention, or is it her realness and natural beauty towards the end that wins him over? We want to discuss – share your thoughts in the comments!
Photos by Thomas Northcut.