OCanFilmFest2018 – Angels – Taylor Olson

Angels – Synopsis

A young Dad struggles to reconcile with protecting his daughter and bringing her up in a world that has nothing to offer her and will only take everything from her.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 8 p.m.

Eventbrite - Ottawa Canadian Film Festival 2018

About the director, Taylor Olson

Taylor is an ACTRA nominated actor and Screen NS nominated writer/ film maker based in Halifax, NS. He is one half of Afro Viking Pictures, and has directed/ written films such as Hustle & Heart, Cut, Perfectly Sane, Danny Dare Me, Grace and Angels. His films have screened internationally and won prizes at CBC’s Short Film Face Off, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival, Emerging Lens Film Festival, Bluenose Ability Film Festival and Big Terror Film Festival.

What inspired your film?

I really wanted to make a film that built tension by not cutting and doing the whole thing in one take. I wanted to create that sick feeling you get in your stomach when you know something is wrong but you don’t know what it is, and where the ambiguity leaves the audience to fill in the blanks.


What was your biggest challenge in making your film?

The biggest challenge was figuring out how much information to give the audience so that you don’t figure it out too easily, but also aren’t left completely in the dark.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

The best experience making the film was the collaborative approach we took to the project. Since I was acting as well as directing we needed to really be in sync and rely on each other. I love it when a team gels.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

I don’t feel qualified to give advice, but I will say to take risks. Experiment and take risks. Shoot playfully and often. Don’t be afraid of failing. We learn when we fail.

What’s next for you?

Next I’m directing the feature film adaptation of Catherine Banks play Bone Cage under Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program.

 

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