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Camden Watts

Camden Watts

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OH CRAPPY DAY Screening May 14, 2022

Remember the movie I worked on called OH CRAPPY DAY? It's an official selection of the Longleaf Film Festival! The feature-length film will be screening on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. It's in Film Block B, starting at 1:00 p.m., in downtown Raleigh at the North Carolina...

Stay in shape with the Filmmaker Workout

On the latest episode of the Slate & Lens Podcast, I talk with Sara Elizabeth Timmins. She's a producer, instructor, and consultant leading the Filmmaker Workout throughout April to support storytellers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Filmmaker Workout is a...

Resources for filmmakers during the coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has changes so much for all of us: a massive disruption to our daily lives and uncertain futures. I believe it's going to cause an upheaval in the film industry. We're already seeing film festivals cancelled, productions halted,...

Coronavirus and crowdfunding

"A pandemic is a reminder that we need everyone to take swift and decisive action so that we can not just survive in the near term but thrive in the long term. We are in this together, now more than ever," writes Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. Read the...

Success leaves clues

In the latest episode of the Slate & Lens podcast, I talk about success. How do you define success for yourself? How do you reverse engineer your own success? Plus, a little about my background and efforts to find my way in to the film industry. I tried moving...

For your listening pleasure during social distancing

You've heard me talk about Oh Crappy Day often. Over the last year, I've been supporting the film as a 1st AD, marketing strategist, and (most recently) associate producer. I'm so grateful for the chance to work on this film with Steve and Lance, the executive...

Building relationships with Steven P. Neilson

Steven P. Neilson is the executive producer of Oh Crappy Day, a feature-length film shot in Raleigh, N.C., in 2019. His team is currently crowdfunding to take the film to the next level. As many of you know, I served as 1st AD and associate producer on this film....
Do you freelance?

Yes, I love freelancing. I have served as a writer, producer, and assistant director on films my peers are making. If you’re looking for support, reach out for more info on how we can collaborate. Working with people to tell stories that engage audiences makes me really happy. 

How did you learn filmmaking?

Well, you could say I went to the school of hard knocks: most of what I know about filmmaking is through experience. Those hard-earned lessons have stuck with me. Although I haven’t been to film school, I have studied under people like Vincent Laforet and Shane Hurlbut in person. I’ve taken lots of additional courses online. I still daydream about going to school to get an MFA and MBA.

How do you fund your films?

Funding is a personal journey for many filmmakers. My day jobs paid for many of my first films. That worked well, although it left me exhausted from hustling 24/7. I’ve also spent a lot of time studying crowdfunding. It evens the playing field and you can connect directly with your audience. We were very lucky to raise money for Brewconomy. I’m still learning about grants and dream of having that kind of support.

How long does it take to make a movie?

That depends on so many variables like funding, support, etc. My first film, Abandoned Allies, was a feature-length documentary that took five years to make. Some of my short films have taken considerably less time, though. 

Do you travel?

Yes! I love to travel. If you have a story that requires travel, please reach out for more information on how we can collaborate.

Can you help with my project?

It’s possible! I really love helping people craft interesting, memorable stories on screen. Get in touch and let’s talk about what you want to accomplish.

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