Interview: Director Stephen Campanelli Talks Momentum

Recently I had a chance to speak to director Stephen Campanelli regarding his transition from being Clint Eastwood’s camera guy to his directorial debut with the film Momentum (available now on Blu-ray & DVD). Below is the audio of the interview in its entirety, as well as some of the highlights from the interview.


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On the name of the theme of the movie: The word momentum means keep moving, so I figured I can’t let the people down if I call the film that, definitely made sure to keep the momentum up.

Stephen on what he took away from his directorial debut: That was my biggest pride and goal, is to make the film look five times of what we had (budget) and i think I achieved that.

His growing pains and challenges shooting the film: The first day of shooting all the behind the scenes stuff, where does the money really go? Fighting tooth and nail for things.

Stephen on the casting of James Purefoy: I’ve never met him but when i saw him on the Following I completely fell in love with him. Oh my god he’s the perfect bad guy.

On centering the film around a female lead: I love female driven movies, I think they are great and wonderful and there should be more of them.

(Courtesy of Starz Digital)
(Courtesy of Starz Digital)

On what he learned from Clint Eastwood:  Watch your actors and learn their questions, insecurities and concern, and you as a good listener will be able to help them with their issues if they have any issue. The story is your bible. He gave me a lot of responsibly over the years on how to craft a movie and tell a story with a camera.

Momentum is out on Blu-ray and DVD on December 1, 2015. 

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About Jim Alexander

When it boils down to it, Jim's passion is entertainment. Aside from being an avid sports fan, that follows all things NFL, NBA, and Soccer. He currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago. At the core of his interests...movies! Whether trying to catch the newest flick coming out this weekend, or the latest On Demand release, to heated debates with his friends and colleagues about the most recent "Box Office Blunder". The passion for movies lies deep within him. When he isn't writing, he immerses himself in his other interests; Acting and Radio Broadcasting. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimRko.

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