Back in the summer, when the days were all that stood between us and the horizon, the pollen lingered wistfully in the beams that sliced through the blinds and the ringing of the schoolyard bell was still far enough away to echo only momentarily before drifting and dying in the buzz of the lawnmowers outside, a group of us stood in a languid London bedroom to make a short film about eyelashes.
Nina and Max the founders of London make-up brand, Eyeko, had asked Kay Montano and I to create something for them that would allow people to see just how good their products are. As well as being a great friend, Kay is one of the finest make-up artists in the whole wide world.
We all stood in that bedroom and as the afternoon light gathered about us I turned to Kay, nodded at our model, Jess, and said, “Only one road to go down on a day like today, with a girl like that, in a room like this. It’s got to be Marilyn.”
No one really needed to say much more. As Kay put it herself on her blog, “we trusted in the osmosis of a lifetime of iconic films and beauty icons in the forefront of our nerdy minds to guide us.”
The music is ‘Again’ by Tamara Schlesingerand was suggested by my ever patient editor, Dani Jacobs. Having Dani on my side is one reason why I love making films. The opportunities to collaborate and allow others to add value are endless, as long as you are prepared to leave your ego at the door and welcome themin to the process as equals.