Two personalities battle for dominance inside the mind of a woman. But how can one personality be entitled to everything when both have their own lives?
Uploaded by blinky500 on Jan 30, 2012
A WORD FROM CHRIS
“Split” was a project I’ve been wanting to do for some time. I am very fascinated with Dissociative Identity Disorder aka multiple personalities and the idea of two remaining alternate personalities duking it out inside the mind of a woman really appealed to me.
Imagine if you can, having no privacy whatsoever and not a single thought to yourself. Every waking moment of your life, you have to listen to or deal with another person inside your mind, constantly aching to come one. That’s basically what it’s like to have D.I.D. I can only imagine the raging wars going on inside the heads of some people. I mean, apart from therapy, how can one truly deal? What steps does a person take to reclaim their life? And what steps would an alternate take to preserve their existence?
With “Split”, I wanted to touch upon both perspectives. I wanted to show how drastic, opposing personalities can be towards each other when claiming ownership to the body. Another subject I wanted to emphasize, was entitlement. Who is to say whether it’s right or wrong for a host to kill it’s alter? The alter never asked to be created, yet there it is, living inside your mind, with access to your life. That thought alone can make someone feel very violated.
I chose to have one woman play both parts for two reasons, the first being that it would be a challenge for me as a filmmaker to shoot, direct and edit such a scene, and the second because I think its harder to determine which personality is the host if they look identical. Also, the tag line “Kill Yourself” is more effective if both personalities are visually identical.
This film was shot in 5 hours in my rank, dank, skank basement. It was cold, wet and full of dirt. Suzi and Ann (her body double) were real sports about this. Fortunately for them, the water was warm, but that didn’t do them much good in between dunkings since the basement was still freezing. And unfortunately I couldn’t have the space heater on during filming, so yeah, I am truly grateful both women were such professionals about this.
I was inspired by a scene from season two of “United States of Tara”, in which Toni Colette drowns her evil alter by physically jumping off a dam into a river. It was very symbolic and a great concept. So when I wrote split, I really wanted to incorporate water-boarding into my story. I think it’s one of the most brutal ways to go and visually it makes for a great confrontation.
All in all, I am proud of “Split”. I think it is a nice addition to my Message in a Bottle series, and has a pretty cool, yet creepy theme to it.