by Robert Makin.
Today we’re talking about Meat on Bones; a movie revolving around two politically and socially different people, uniting on a weird journey. To celebrate the screening, we spoke with director and writer Joseph Ollman
What was the initial inspiration for the story?
How did you cast the film?
After making several films out of Wales, I really wanted to make something closer to home. I’m from near that area and have always thought it was incredible and a great place to shoot something. So I wrote the story around the places that I knew could work. But then there’s the issue of gaining permission, which is even harder on a tiny budget. So we were unable to gain permission for quite a few locations that I originally had in mind, so you have to compromise and find other alternatives. I always think it works out for the best though.
For a low budget short film, it’s incredibly cinematic in scope, as far as how the location captured on film. Did you have a particular look in mind for the film?
In pre-production I had countless meetings with my DOP, discussing certain cinematic references, many of which were films based in and around nature. But the locations themselves are incredibly cinematic, so that helps. We also wanted to combine a certain raw/natural quality along with it being cinematic, so we used a lot of handheld camera work.
Are the characters in the film inspired by any one you know, or any incident you’ve witnessed?
I spent a lot of time in caravan parks before the initial writing of the script and there were plenty people like Dai knocking about, but I think there’s parts of everyone in each of the characters which makes them very relatable. They’re also very Welsh characters in general – people that I would certainly see around town growing up.
I guess it’s up to the audience to take from it what they wish. Personally, I wanted to tell a story about isolation, prejudice, and being stuck in a purposeless life. But mainly it’s about what brings us together rather than what divides us. In the end we’re all just meat on bones.
I’ve just written a 30-minute short film that I’m looking to fund at the moment. My plan is to then develop that story into a feature film and get it made!