This creative yet important short film ‘Bullies’ tells a story about a young boy who experiences getting bullied at school. He finds out a secret which could potentially protect him from his bullies but alas, this secret could cost him his childhood.
This film is so necessary, especially with the current news that children as young as 9 are committing suicide due to the fact that they are being bullied. We spoke to the amazing director Daniel Bydlowski on why he decided to make this film, why this film is INCREDIBLY important, his personal experiences with bullies and where his passion for film came from.
Hi Daniel, how are you doing?
I’m doing great. How about you?
Congratulations with Bullies, your latest short film. It’s about a young child being bullied and the effects that the bullying has. Where did the idea for this film come from?
I experienced bullying when I was in middle school and, and the same time, I truly believe that art can help those who need to face their fears.
Why was it important for you to tell this story?
Well, I noticed that not enough films were dealing with the issue in a way that those who experience bullying could deal with their feelings.
In a movie like where social interaction between teenagers is key, the chemistry between the actors must be excellent, which is the case in this film. How did the cast come together?
That was probably the most difficult part of filming. We had only one hour of rehearsal before filming and so a lot of it was really directing the actors during the takes.
While most of the film is shot in a real school (or at least it looks like that), there are also the scenes in the hiding place where Eugene encounters the four men. How long did it take to build that set as it’s very dark but also a cosy place with a lot of objects?
I like that you say dark but cosy because that is exactly how I described it on the script. It took us about 2 days.
What do you hope that people and maybe also schools will take away from this film?
I would like people to and schools to understand that the focus should on helping children who are bullied to understand that they are not defined by the mean words or other actions they received. That their lives are still worth living. A lot of the anti-bullying message today focus on educators and parents and they may not be equipped to deal with a child who may not even be expressing their feelings.
If there’s one thing you could say to all the people out there being bullied, what would it be?
Things are going to get better.
You’re the writer, director, producer and editor for this film but during other movies, you’ve worked at the sound and editorial department and you were also a cinematographer. Where did the passion for film come from?
I remember going to the movie theatre with my family since I was 4. I must say that the passion started there.
We’re sure that there are a lot of aspiring filmmakers out there who would love to get into the industry. What advice do you have for them?
Make as many films as possible.
Just have one more question: Do you already have projects in the pipeline for the near future?
We are in the process of developing a virtual reality film, although I cannot yet talk much about it.
Liselotte Vanophem, Film and Celebrity Reporter – Just Celebrity Magazine