Interview with Filmmaker Derek Osinski JR. (PERFECT MATTRESS: A LOVE STORY)

PERFECT MATTRESS: A LOVE STORY played to rave reviews at the February 2020 ROMANCE Feedback Film Festival.

Q: What motivated you to make this film?

A: This particular film draws many parallels to my formidable years of romance – including the actual act of “mattress store hopping”. On a similar note, this was me closing that chapter of adolescence and previous relationships in which I fell deeply but knew they could never be. The film is hopeful albeit a tad dry – a love letter to a time that I still hold fondly.

Q: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

A: I never thought of it as a film until I reached my second year of Film School – I just so happen to be a spontaneous fellow at times. Once there, it took approximately six months from script to edit.

Q: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

A: Perfect, Mattress.

Q: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

A: My roommate. I had to move out the night before the first morning of principle photography.

Q: What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

A: Inspired.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

Q: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

A: The whole idea stemmed from a juvenile charade with “some” of my former relationships in that we would pretend we were settling down and needed to compromise a type of mattress. Of course, all things were considered – price, size, firmness, warranty, etc. Inevitably we would decide on one and just as the salesperson would fetch the paperwork from the back, we would take off with mischievous laughter as fast as we could. Seems a touch crude but I did it with good intensions, mostly.

Q: What film have you seen the most in your life?

A: For some reason, ‘Cast Away’ is relentlessly attached to every channel.

Q: You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

A: Intuitive.

Q: What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

A: “Use Ta Be My Girl” by The O’Jays – there’s something inherently classic to the heart in that one.

Q: What is next for you? A new film?

A: I was working diligently on a fifteen-minute short entitled ‘Chicken or Fish?’ before the pandemic hit, but alas I may never get the pleasure to bring it to life. It was a Twilight Zone inspired romance, drama that had many talented people going for it, but it abruptly stopped like much of the world. However, I keep persistent with the pen and one day I am hopeful it will touch a great deal of folks – and that is why we do it.



By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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