Paul Campion (film director)
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|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Life and career
Born in England, Campion studied technical illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He began his career as a freelance illustrator and was represented by Folio Artists Agents in London. He created book cover illustrations for authors such as Wilbur Smith and Ben Elton.
In 1999 he completed a Masters Degree in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University, and then moved to New Zealand where he worked on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, as a texture painter, creating digital textures for the Balrog, Mûmakil, Fellbeast and Shelob.
He then worked as a matte painter on Sin City, "Constantine", as a texture painter on The Waterhorse and the remake of The Dambusters and as a concept artist on X-Men: The Last Stand, Dorian Gray, Clash of the Titans and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
In 2006 Campion directed his first short film, the black comedy horror Night of the Hell Hamsters. In 2008 he followed this up with the short science fiction horror film Eel Girl, featuring special makeup effects by Weta Workshop.
In 2010 Campion was attached to direct the British sci-fi/horror feature film Further Instructions, but dropped out due to commitments to The Devil's Rock.
In 2010 he directed his first feature film The Devil's Rock. Set in the Channel Islands during WW2, it tells the story of two New Zealand commandos who uncover a Nazi plot to summon up a demon, using a book of black magic.
Planned Feature Films
- Dark Hollow is a planned feature film based on the novel "Dark Hollow" by US author Brian Keene.
- Scorpion Raiders is a planned World War 2 feature film based on the true story of the Long Range Desert Group's Barce raid (Operation Caravan).
- Voodoo Dawn is a zombie feature film previously called "Lore of the Jungle", set in London, written by Paul Finch. Campion described the film as "set in London and involves black magic and re-animated corpses and it's designed to be a very fun entertaining Evil Dead 2/Dusk Till Dawn style film."
|2005||Night of the Hell Hamsters||Director, writer||Co-wrote with Mike Roseingrave and Hadyn Green|
|2008||Eel Girl||Director, writer||Produced by Jennifer Scheer|
|2011||The Devil's Rock||Director, writer||Co-wrote with Paul Finch and Brett Ihaka|
Awards and nominations
- Won: Best Director Night of the Hell Hamsters A Night of Horror International Film Festival (2007)
- Won: Best Horror Film Night of the Hell Hamsters Vine Short Film Festival (2007)
- Won: Audience Favourite Night of the Hell Hamsters Zompire: The Undead Film Festival (2007)
- Won: Audience Favourite Night of the Hell Hamsters Big Mountain Film Festival (2007)
- Won: Honorable Mention Night of the Hell Hamsters Tabloid Witch Awards (2007)
- Nominated: Best Horror Short Film Night of the Hell Hamsters Terror Film Festival (2007)
- Won: Canal+ COCETTE Minute Eel Girl Brest European Short Film Festival (2008)
- Won: Grand Prix Eel Girl Court Metrange Film Festival (2008)
- Won: Best Short Film Eel Girl H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (2008)
- Won: Best Comedy Eel Girl H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival (2008)
- Won: Honorable Mention Eel Girl Tabloid Witch Awards (2008)
- Nominated: Best Short Film Eel Girl Rushes Soho Shorts (2008) (Awarded 2nd Place)
- Nominated: Best Short Film Eel Girl Dark Carnival Film Festival (2008)
- Paul Campion's Official website
- Paul Campion at the Internet Movie Database
- The Gnomon Workshop
- Night of the Hell Hamsters Official website
- Eel Girl Official website
- "3DA.com - Web Interview"
- "Goatman Terrorizes Dark Hollow". Dread Central. 14 Jan 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "The Devil's Rock". Nexus. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "EXCLUSIVE DEAD HARVEY INTERVIEW with PAUL CAMPION". Dead Harvey. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.