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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Q&A: Daniel Campbell, director of 'Antiquities'

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Local filmmaker Daniel Campbell chatted with me a bit about his new short, "Antiquities," a quirky crush story set in an antiques mall that elicited more than a few LOLs from yours truly last night.


So what came first: the story or the setting?
I would definitely say the setting and the characters. I wanted to make Terrance as awkward and uncomfortable as possible. So I thought surrounding this really insecure, young guy in an environment with a lot of older, kind of abrasive people, would bring out that insecurity a little more. I've never seen a comedy take place at an antique mall either, and there is such a variety of people that shop and work there I thought it would give me a lot to play around with.

The supporting characters are really, really well fleshed out. They've gotta be based on folks you know, right?

Absolutely, every character in the film in some way or another is based on the people or relationships that I have I my life. Roger Scott, who plays Blundale in the movie, is basically playing himself and the relationship he has with the main character is very similar to the relationship he and I have. Except somehow he pulls off being one of the nicest people on the planet in real life but is far from that in the film. He and I worked together for a while and I think that's where the whole idea kind of started for the script. We have had a lot of awkward moments together that are hilarious now that they're over.

Who influences you when you're banging out a script or handling a camera?

I would have to say Wes Anderson if anyone. He captures that "real life" type humor and awkwardness that I really enjoy and try to write. And his film "Bottle Rocket" is one of my all time favorites. Its very dry and I love that. As far as me holding a camera, Gabe Mayhan doesn't let me touch it.. The battery was running low one day on set so I poured gas in the lens.. Apparently, "its not good for it.".. I don't know, maybe I was supposed to use diesel.

What can we expect from you for next year's festival?

We have a short that is in development at the moment and we hope to be filming by late summer. Is that a bad last answer? I ruined it. Give me a gun.

"Antiquities" is in the Arkansas Shorts #2 presentation and will be shows Friday, June 4 at 6:20 p.m. and Sunday, June 6 at 1:50 p.m., both at the Riverdale screen #9.

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