English-born Paul Campion first spent time in New Zealand as part of the design and visual effects team on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since then his effects work has taken him around the world, and he has directed two successful shorts. The Kiwi-made Eel Girl, his second, won awards at a long run of international festivals. In 2011 Campion made his feature debut with Wellington-shot WWII horror movie The Devil’s Rock.
On a feature you have to be able to engage an audience for at least 90 minutes, and suddenly story, plot, character and dialogue becomes exponentially more difficult to deal with at every stage of the process - script, shooting and editing. Paul Campion, on website Raindance, comparing making shorts to features