Episode 198 – Dave Campfield (Troma Now Podcast and Making Your Own Damn Movies)
On the basis of his first script, Dave Campfield won over a Hollywood agent. However, while receiving across the board positive reviews from the studios, the script remained limbo. Having grown disheartened with Hollywood gridlock, Campfield opted to go it alone and produce a feature himself. That film, Dark Chamber, had a successful run in the film festivals, and was picked up for distribution by Pop Cinema. Campfield is currently readying his next production, a psychological horror entitled Awaken the Reaper which already placed amongst the finalists at a previous Slamdance Horror screenwriting competition.
In this episode we chat how Dave Campfield’s college no longer exists, the worst on set experiences including someone pulling a knife on a 1st AD, getting work with Troma, creating his own movies, and tons more.
PRE – SHOW NOTES
— Game Over is the TV pilot I shot several years ago about 5 employees working at a video game store struggling to get to the next level in their lives.
Tagline: In life there is no reset button
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— Game Over – Making a TV Pilot – The blog post with all of the behind the scenes details about making, Game Over.
— How NOT to make a TV Pilot – My interview with Alex Ferrari at Indie Film Hustle
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— Dave Bullis Podcast Filmmakers Group on Facebook – a FREE filmmaking group I made on Facebook.
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— Cheech and Chong – Dave’s Not Here
— Troma Now Podcast – The world’s best worst podcast!
— Dark Chamber – When a dead body turns up, a local group of Satanists, `The Black Circle,` seem the most likely suspects. With the help of a friend, a criminal law student decides to conduct his own investigation by placing his neighbors under 24/7 video surveillance. Inspired by the true story of the `Say You Love Satan` killer.
— Piggyzilla – Move over Godzilla, King Kong and Rodan, another oversized critter has stolen your mojo. Written and Directed by Dave Campfield (Caesar & Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre and Deadly Xmas) Piggyzilla tells the story of one guinea pigs conquest for world domination, sort of. Starring Dave Campfield as Caesar, Paul Chomicki as Otto, Joe Winchell as studio exec AND Piggy victim#1, Sibel Kipchak as well meaning piggy sympathizer, Chanel Patel as stick throwing victim and Daisy as “Piggyzilla”. Written, directed and edited by Dave Campfield. Produced and Photographed by Stephen Bodi. Music by Kevin Macleod and Joseph Bauer
— Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre – Caesar, an effete tough guy and his slovenly half brother, Otto, have signed up as summer camp counselors. But when the mysterious Carrie shows up, the other counselors start disappearing one by one.
— Kevin Smith talks about his feelings on Sleepaway Camp and describes his random run in with “Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre” director Dave Campfield at LAX
— Felissa Rose – is an American actress, known for her role as Angela Baker in the 1983 cult classic slasher film, Sleepaway Camp, which she reprised in the film Return to Sleepaway Camp which was written and directed by Sleepaway Camp creator Robert Hiltzik. Rose has been given the title “Scream Queen” because of her involvement and success within the “Horror” film genre. She has over 75 film credits in total over the span of her film career. A few major credits in her film career would include The Perfect House 2012, Silent Night, Zombie Night 2009, Camp Dread 2014, Zombie Killers 2015, and now Death House and Garlic and Gunpowder 2017. In 2016, she produced the music videos for the metal band Slayer.
— Sleepaway Camp – (also marketed on VHS as Nightmare Vacation) is a 1983 American slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, who also served as executive producer. The film tells the story of a young girl and her cousin who are sent to a summer camp, where a group of killings begins shortly after their arrival.
Released at a time when slasher films were in their heyday, the film is infamously known for its twist ending, which is considered by some to be one of the most shocking endings among horror films. Sleepaway Camp is also notable as the last film of Tony-nominee Mike Kellin. The film has since become a cult film
— Exclusive Kevin Smith Vinimate – Holding a microphone and wearing his trademark ‘puck u’ hockey jersey, Kevin Smith comes packaged in a full-color window box. Limited edition of only 2,000 pieces!
— Caesar & Otto Paranormal Halloween – Paternal half brothers Caesar (Dave Campfield) and Otto (Paul Chomicki) live out some of horror’s most terrifying scenes when they agree to house sit a home filled with ghostly visions, levitating objects and possessions. This hilarious horror pays homage to classics The Exorcist (1973), The Amityville Horror (1979), Sinister, and Insidious, and boasts an all-star genre cast including Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Vernon Wells and Sean Whalen.
— Lloyd Kaufman – is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including The Toxic Avenger, and Tromeo and Juliet.
— Troma – is an American independent film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974. The company produces low-budget independent films, primarily of the horror genre. Many of them play on 1950s horror with elements of farce, parody, gore and splatter. In 2012, the company officially released many of its films on YouTube. Troma has produced, acquired and distributed over 1,000 independent films since its creation. Its slogan in 2014 was “40 years of Disrupting Media”.
— Make Your Own Damn Movie (filmmaking Book) – Lloyd Kaufman, the writer/producer/director of such cult-classic films as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, and Tromeo and Juliet, offers a guide to movie-making unlike any other available anywhere. In 25 years, Kaufman, along with partner Michael Herz, has built Troma Studios up from a company struggling to find its voice in a field crowded with competitors to its current–and legendary–status as a lone survivor, a bastion of true cinematic independence, and the world’s greatest collection of camp on film. As entertaining and funny as it is informative and insightful, Make Your Own Damn Movie! places Kaufman’s radically low-budget, independent-studio style of filmaking directly in the reader’s hands. Thus we learn how to: develop and write a knock-out screenplay; raise funding; find locations and cast actors; hire a crew; obtain equipment, permits, and music rights (all for little or no money); make incredible special effects for $0.79 each; charm, schmooze, and network while on the film-festival circuit; and, finally, make a bad actor act so bad it’s actually good. From scriptwriting and directing to financing and marketing, this book is brimming with utterly off-the-wall, decidedly maverick, yet consistently proven advice on how to fully develop one’s idea for an independent film.
— Lauren Francesca – Actress, Comedian, Humanitarian, Producer, and Youtuber.
— 1,000 True Fans – To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only thousands of true fans by Kevin Kelly.
— Production Hell – Dave Campfield’s other podcast on Soundcloud