I was recentl interviewd by Honey Wagon Confidential, check it out!
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell talks with us about her recent film ‘This is Not the End’, an incredibly honest portrait of family and everything that comes with it.
Why did you choose to shoot in B&W as opposed to color? How do you think this affected the aesthetic of the film?
This was not only the first film I’ve made, it was my first time dealing with 16mm and I don’t think I was ready to take on any color theory. And now that I’ve seen the film a million times, I cannot imagine it any other way. I think the black and white stock defines the film. It’s nostalgic.
The film follows the format of a personal essay. Did you have this in mind before you shot it or did you just shoot? Was the intention always to make this film a short documentary?
I had a Bolex and some 16mm film stock and I knew I was going to make a movie. I tried to make a narrative short for about a week and I broke the Bolex, twice. I considered myself a failure and was going to give up on the whole thing. The next day I thought, I have this much film left, and I know what’s really on my mind. That day I drove the 6 hours back to Sonoma, CA and I shot the film over 2 days. I’m very lucky that my family allowed me to do so, and that the shots were even in focus.
What was your family’s reaction to the film? What was it like working with your family?
It took me a year to show the film to them. I was terrified as to how they would react. The reason I finally got the courage to share it was that I had gotten the title of the film tattoed on my foot. I knew there was no hiding it (college graduation was approaching), so I sent the film over, waited until they watched, then said, ‘hey I got a tattoo about it, hope you think it’s cool.’ We all cried a lot. It has been a very cathartic experience for all of us.
You went to film school at UCSB. What was something you learned there that really stuck with you?
A million things! UCSB is an absolutely amazing community and I am forever indebted to them. Honestly, I wouldn’t be anywhere without the support, guidance, and direction they provided me. Also I probably wouldn’t have any friends. If I had to say something specific it would be…. “TIME!” – Professor Edward Branigan.
Why did you decide to put yourself in the film?
I wanted to keep myself out of the film as much as possible — which is why you don’t see my face until the title ending. My mom shot that scene.
Your next project is “Pattie’s Patio,” do you want to talk a little about that?
The last shot in ‘This Is Not The End’ are my neighbors that I grew up with. An absolutely amazing group of people, who, for as long as I’ve known them, have gotten together every day at 5pm to drink on Pattie’s Patio. This will be a documentary about them. I started filming in April but unfortunately I just had a set back with damaged film, so the project has been elongated, but I hope to finish it in the next year. If anyone wants to support the project, please dear god, let me know!
You recently moved to NY. How is that? Have you noticed a difference between the ‘film culture’ in LA compared to NY?
LA does seem more “businessy” if there was such a word. I think what I’ve really noticed so far is more artists are just around, supporting each other, working together, getting stuff out there. But I don’t want to suggest that LA doesn’t have all of those things — it does! I was just sick of driving and the monotonous sun.
Okay, you can only watch one film for the rest of your life…what is it?
I mean honestly, Sleepless in Seattle.
To check out more of Hilary’s work and support her upcoming project Pattie’s Patio, check out her site!
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