The Walking Bread:Interview with Mark Nathan Willetts, Creator.

This series takes the popularity of slicing up zombies to a new level. However, no bread was harmed during the production and any resemblance to bread you may have eaten or not eaten, is purely coincidental.

Interview by Lora Wiley - Photos by Mark Nathan Willetts
A sticky end. Photo © MNW

A sticky end. Photo © MNW

Citizen Brooklyn: Which “actors” were easiest to work with – White, Rye, Whole Wheat or Multi Grain?
Whole grain was definitely the easiest as it held together better, I had to ensure that it was thick sliced too. I experimented through a trial and error approach before discovering the right method that worked for the project.

CBK: The wordplay here is hilarious. How did it come about?
Thank you. I had been working on t-shirt designs, following the sale of my T-shirt design ‘Cart-bane’ (an amalgamation of Cartman from “South Park” and Bane from “Batman”), which was sold on retailer Unamee’s website. During an idea session, I was writing down concepts for wordplay, amongst the ideas I had in my mind were “Walking Ted” (A zombie bear with stuffing coming out), which then lead on to “Walking Bread”. Somewhere along the way, I became inspired by some of the physical art other fine-artists were doing, and I conceptualized that perhaps the idea could be produced in a very different manner and thus the project was born.

 Bit of a jam! Photo © MNW

Bit of a jam! Photo © MNW

CBK: Are you a big fan of the series?
I am definitely a big fan. Perhaps even more so of the comic books, which I have read all of. I really can’t wait to see some of the later events from the comics translated onto the show.

CBK: Did you strive to recreate actual scenes from the series or was each scene improvised?
There was a reasonably in depth idea session before any construction began, during which I planned out concepts for interactions between characters, props that could be used and scenes from the show that could be mimicked. I then sourced images from the show and from the comic, and also drew inspiration from the colors used in the comic book covers.

"Someone in this prison burnt my toast." Photo © MNW

“Someone in this prison burnt my toast.” Photo © MNW

CBK: How long did it take you to create each scene?
Each scene varied in difficulty, with the main challenge being posing the characters without them breaking apart. Another particular challenge was getting the placement and lighting right. For instance, the scene mimicking the Governor sitting in his chair watching the heads was easiest to produce taking about thirty minutes, but getting the background and lighting right took five hours.

CBK: Any nightmares of being attacked by a French baguette?
Ha ha, I can honestly say I haven’t had that particular dream. Although if there was ham, cheese and a bit of butter in this dream it could have a happy ending. I actually feel hungry now.

It's all armless fun. Photo © MNW

It’s all armless fun. Photo © MNW

CBK: What has the reaction been in general? Do your friends think you’re a weirdough?
There probably would have been a few raised eyebrows had I told my friends about my intention beforehand. But, after showing people the finished result, the reaction has been very positive. In fact, the reaction in general has been very positive. I think people like to indulge in the imaginative, and by throwing something familiar into a wildly different and unexpected context it captures the imagination in fun ways.

CBK: Did anyone get to eat anything after the photos were taken?
Ha ha, most certainly not! They’d break their teeth, as the bread is so stale by now.

They will spread us all. Photo © MNW

They will spread us all. Photo © MNW

CBK: Other than manipulating bread, how do you normally make a living?
I have been working as a creative in the industry (Graphic designer, Illustrator, Animator, Web-designer) for a number of years now, and more recently as an e-learning specialist; which has been nice as it brings together a lot of my skills towards constructing a variety of interesting training based projects.

CBK: What are some other word play projects you’ve done or are planning in the future?
There was one particular art illustration that represented ‘Streetdance’ as a dancer built up from an isometric city. Apart from that, most of my other work is comprised of different influences. My next project for instance has no word play and is less tongue in cheek, but it will still utilize unusual materials for its construct. And, it is going to be heavily influenced by the 80s with a dance themed characterization.

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