In 2018, when I wrote the script for our short film Border, the inspiration behind the look and feel of the characters was taken from tragic world events that occurred in the early 1900's such as World War II and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Unaware of what would occur later, the film had a different outcome when the COVID-19 pandemic happened. Production was meant to start in February 2020, but we had to postpone it for a year. The script didn't need more refinement as it was set to be in a dystopian world, and we were already living in one.
The costumes reference the subgenre 'steampunk', which is clear from the characters' masks. The colour of the masks switches from white as our protagonist walks in to blue, green and red at the end, which is an indication and reference to the zone placement, helping to set the mood as the narrative intensifies. The masks distort the character's faces and are worn to protect the citizens; they represent a more profound sense of oppression and fear. The masks are worn primarily for protection, but they also hide a larger story about our world. A world in which rules and restrictions must be followed, where all citizens are required to follow codes and be aligned. And a world as we discover is unequal.