What triggers fictional characters to become truly aware of themselves?

In this question lies a duality that is very interesting and complicated at the same time. The complex thing is that there is always me, as the director,  creating the point of view and moment of awareness. But I’ve asked myself this question in order to focus myself during writing, rehearsing and shooting. Together with the actors, we’ve used parts of their personal memories and their moments of awareness of their social roles in order to research the fictional, written moments of awareness. An interesting mingling of fiction and reality around awareness was born.

I wrote three storylines for the project, The Quiet Event. The event is a heavy rain shower. Three characters: a mother, father and a son. All three are simultaneously dealing with the rain shower and all three react in a different way. The mother shuts herself off from the family and uses the rain shower to have a very intimate moment of trying to recognise herself in the mirror. The son has this beautiful moment of playing, climbing in the rain. The father has an intense moment of fear and loosing the control he always has in the father position. 

The main question for me was, after shooting, how can the most intense experience of a point of view be created out of this footage. But – to refer to the thought, what triggers fictional characters to become truly aware of themselves?—I, as the maker, have to know my own point of view on this event and film project before I can create the fictional points of view and their awareness.   

The constellation of the points of view during the event and its simultaneousness is, for me, the core of this project, the Quiet Event. I want to reconstruct the mise-en-scène of this event from the points of view, by using the tools I researched over the last two years. Reframing by editing, reframing by projecting and using the space to spatially reconstruct the event.