OCanFilmFest2020 Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

Two single-parent divorcees try their hand at dating again. They have no idea how wrong they’re doing it.

Taylor Olson

Taylor Olson, director

Taylor Olson is an ACTRA nominated actor and Screen NS nominated writer/ filmmaker based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has directed/ written short films such as Hustle & Heart, Cut, Masc, The Date, and Inceldom or why are the angry men angry. Most recently he wrote/ directed his feature film debut Bone Cage – based on the Governor General award winning play by Catherine Banks – being released this fall. His films have screened internationally and won prizes at CBC’s Short Film Face Off, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival, Emerging Lens Film Festival, etc. and is currently in production on his sophomore feature film, Look at Me. Taylor is focused on creating a Canadian culture of kindness, courage, and inclusion.

Taylor Olsen answered a few questions.

What inspired Your Film?

Bob Mann, our writer, wanted to create a film for himself and good friend Beth Amiro to act in together, so he created this awkward cringe comedy for the two of them. Visually and stylistically on the day I was inspired by the awkward blocking and tone of films by Taika Waititi and Wes Anderson.

What was your biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge was – because we had no budget – getting the dolly to level out in the front lawn. We thought we’d never get it to work, but some peculiar objects instead of wedges leveled it out eventually. That, and finding a way to create this stilted, awkward tone without alienating the audience.

What was the best part of the experience?

Working alongside Bob and Beth. The whole film was a riot, like film camp, we couldn’t stop making each other laugh.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Experiment, take risks, and fail – hard – but most importantly, thrill yourself.

What’s next for you?

My feature film directorial debut Bone Cage has begun its festival circuit with an International premiere coming up soon, but next I’ll be directing my sophomore feature film Look at Me in 2021.