Exclusive: Future Indie Star Jennifer Campbell Talks ‘Hike’ & Other Projects

Chris Savage

We here absolutely love the indies, but as you all know, trying to find something worth while is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But sometimes potential comes a knocking, and quite frankly you’d be a fool not to notice. So what have we got for you today? Well, Canada’s very own Jennifer Campbell, recently hit me up with her first horror short Hike, and basically I was blown away by what she has accomplished.

So with this, I sent Jennifer a couple of questions and which you can check out below. As I’ve said before, this girl has some serious potential, so keep your eyes and ears out for her name as I can see a very bright future for her.

Jennifer, what got you into filmmaking in the first place?

It kind of came out of the blue. I decided to write a script and film it. I’ve always loved movies (horror in particular) forever. I’m also a writer, musician and photographer so it seemed like a very natural progression from those three interests.

Where does your love of horror stem from?

My childhood for sure. I was allowed to watch horror movies at a very young age and after I saw The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Shining I was hooked. My grandparents started the local movie theatre in Castlegar, BC where I grew up so movies were a integral part of our family life.

What was the inspiration for your horror short Hike?

Hike is allegorical. I wanted to tell a story about violence against women. Hike is about being silenced and ultimately victimized because someone is bigger, stronger and able to overpower.

If the opportunity came knocking, would you be interested in turning Hike into a feature film?

No – I think Hike is it’s own moment in time. I wrote it as “part A” to my feature Final Weekend’s “part B”. I am always interested in exploring the darkness which lurks inside everyone. My next short Bruised and feature Final Weekend will explore other aspects of violence and horror in our society. I am drawn to telling stories about the real monsters that walk amongst us, including the ones we have inside ourselves.

You have been on quite the journey already, having received numerous awards for your short, how has the journey been so far?

Amazing! Hike is my first short movie so I really didn’t know what to expect when we finished it and started submitting it to festivals. The fact that so many people have checked Hike out at genre festivals and have been so positive as well as supportive of it is super exciting. And I’ve met some amazing people I never would have had Hike not been made.

I believe you’re currently in pre-production on Final Weekend? What can you tell us about that?

We are currently in development on Final Weekend and we’re looking for a producer to come onboard. Producing a feature is such a huge undertaking. I’m shooting Bruised in a few weeks which, like Hike, I produced. I can’t imagine producing a feature on my own though I guess never say never, right?!

If you could work with anyone in the horror genre living or dead, who would it be and why?

Though he only made a few horror movies and isn’t considered a genre director per se, I’d have to say Stanley Kubrick. He is my all time favorite director. I love the way he examined the human condition. This is a quote of his regarding movie making that really resonates with me: “I don’t mistrust sentiment and emotion, no. The question becomes, are you giving them something to make them a little happier, or are you putting in something that is inherently true to the material? Are people behaving the way we all really behave, or are they behaving the way we would like them to behave? I mean, the world is not as it’s presented in Frank Capra films. People love those films — which are beautifully made — but I wouldn’t describe them as a true picture of life.”

What does the future hold for you?

To continue making movies. I love horror but it’d also be fun to make a super harsh, dark comedy one day. I love laughing!

Last but not least, here is a question I like to ask everyone, it’s a tough one to narrow it down, but what are your five favourite horror films?

How about 5 of my favourite horror movies from 2012?! Compliance, Excision, The Cabin in the Woods, The Innkeepers, The Loved Ones

If you would like to follow Jennifer’s progress, hit up her official Whitebowl Productions Facebook page.

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      1. Nadine L'Esperance January 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        I was present at the Canadian premiere and loved seeing it on the big screen!Good job Jennifer!