"I wrote The Woman Who Feared to Vanish (The Woman) as a short story in a frenzy of inspiration while on a short holiday trip with my girlfriend. For a large part of my life I felt like I needed to shout for attention in order to be seen. It takes trust to know that even when you are silent, those around you still acknowledge or love you."
"In The Woman I took this idea further, placing a lonely character in a very cold world, where she resorts to hiring an agency to give her the sense that somebody is perceiving her. It was about 10 pages long then. It was very liberating for me to write a short story instead of a screenplay, as it allowed me to really look inside the heads of my characters. Later on, when I decided to turn it into a film, this helped me direct my actors much better as well."
"Another great thing about this short story approach is that I am so familiar with screenwriting conventions. A screenwriter should not be bothered with budgets, angles, or how a particular actor is going to look in a certain role. All of this stands in between his imagination and what is written down. My inexperience with the short story format allowed me to let go of all this and instead focus on the only important thing: the world as experienced through the eyes of my character."