Paul Campion (film director)

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Paul Campion (born 1967) is an English film director, and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

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 Master's degree in Computer Animation at Bournemouth University,[1] 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.

Short films[edit]

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 2016 Campion directed his third short film The Naughty List, based on a short story by author Brian Keene.

Feature films[edit]

In 2010 he wrote and directed his first feature film The Devil's Rock, co-written with Paul Finch and Brett Ihaka. 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[edit]

  • Dark Hollow is a planned feature film based on the novel "Dark Hollow" by US author Brian Keene.[2]
  • Kill Whitey is a planned feature film based on the novel "Kill Whitey" by US author Brian Keene.[3]
  • 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).[4]
  • 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."[5]


Year Film Type Credit Notes
2005 Night of the Hell Hamsters Short Director, writer Co-wrote with Mike Roseingrave and Hadyn Green
2008 Eel Girl Short Director, writer Produced by Elisabeth Pinto and Jennifer Scheer
2011 The Devil's Rock Feature Director, writer Co-wrote with Paul Finch and Brett Ihaka
2016 The Naughty List Short Director, writer, producer Based on a short story by Brian Keene
2019 Back in Business Short Director, Producer Written by Barri Costello

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ " – Web Interview" Archived 20 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Goatman Terrorizes Dark Hollow". Dread Central. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  3. ^ "My Name is Brian Keene". Brian Keene. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  4. ^ "The Devil's Rock". Nexus. 16 October 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE DEAD HARVEY INTERVIEW with PAUL CAMPION". Dead Harvey. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Award of Excellence – "The Naughty List" (UK)". One-Reeler Short Film Competition. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.

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