Structure Inspired by Avant-garde Classic Wavelength
The stripped down style of the Secret Map of Surviving Loss is entirely deliberate. The filmmaker was inspired by the classic avant-garde film, Wavelength (1967). In addition to filming nearly entirely in headshots, Wavelength informed the color correction shifts throughout the sequences of the Secret Maps.
The True Meaning of Independent Filmmaker
Due to the sensitive subject nature of the Secret Map of Surviving Loss, with the exception of one shoot the director worked with her subjects in complete privacy. She lit, recorded, and shot all the footage as a one-man band (one-woman band?) and also edited in total privacy. She believes it was this technique that created the trust that allowed her subjects to be so open and emotional.