7 Questions with Daniel Campbell, Director of The Orderly
1. Are you an Arkansas Native? If so, where are you from? If not, How did you get here?
I was born and raised in Arkansas. I’ve worked on films and documentaries out of state, but Arkansas is definately home. I grew up in Benton and went to school at Harmony Grove High. I then spent some time in south Arkansas at SAU in Magnolia, before finishing up at UALR. I’ve now lived in Little Rock for around 7 years and have been involved in filmmaking for the past four or so.
2. What is the Inspiration for your film?
I would say a lot of the inspiration for the style and the feel came from the movie, Paper Moon. It stayed true to the time period and that’s what I wanted to do with The Orderly, down to the font we used for the credits. That’s A LOT easier to do when you have someone like Gabe Mayhan as the DP, Les Galusha doing visual effects, Mitchell Crisp and Joey Santoro as set decorater and props, and a crazy talented cast and crew.
But the idea itself was inspired by an awful, I repeat awful, roadtrip I took with two friends of mine who share an extreme case of ADHD with me. The whole trip seemed to work out where two of us were extremely hyper at a time, while the other was completely annoyed. This rotation went on for what seemed like days. After around six hours or so of complete chaos, we had worn ourselves out and came to the conclusion we needed to make a short film about a guy transporting two pyschiatric patients across state. Then we stopped at a gas station, refueled on RedBull and Skittles. …And we were back to the rotation.
Oh by the way, the two friends from the roadtrip are the two crazies in the movie. This is true.
3. Can you give us a brief synopsis of your film?
THE ORDERLY is a comedy set in the early 1950’s about a timid orderly, Norville, that finds himself late for his first day of work and his first assignment: transporting two psychiatric patients to another facility 8 hours away, with only 6 hours to get them there. With each minute and mile that passes, Norville desperately struggles to keep his own sanity along this tense, bizarre and chaotic ride.
Note: There may or may not be a baby avatar in this movie.
4. What were the biggest challenges and successes you faced on set?
The biggest challenge to me was definatley trying to shoot a film that was period specific on such a low budget, but with Kristin Mann as producer, and the cast and crew we were blessed to have, we managed to do it. We had a $5,000 budget, and they all worked like it was a million.
5. What is the festival strategy for your film?
We want to get in to as many major festivals as possible. There are so many great short films around the world and it seems they are becoming more and more prevelant. I think we would all consider it a successful festival run if we get in to a handful of those major festivals.
6. Does your film have an Arkansas/Southern theme?
Yeah, the film certainly has a southern theme. It was very convienent to have a landscape that tonely fit the script 25 minutes outside of Little Rock in Scott, Arkansas.
7. What changes have you seen in the local film community in the five years since the LRFF was launched?
The film community has grown a great deal over the past few years and I think that’s why there are so many great films in the Made in Arkansas competition this year. There are a ton of talented people working in all areas of film now and everyone works great together.
Except for Gabe Mayhan. Gabe is like that uncle that ruins Thanksgiving because he wants to tell innapproriate jokes during dinner. I’m glad this is just an email and not some sort of post. That would be a real bad thing if he knew I said that. Real bad.
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