How long have you been directing?
I directed traffic once, when I was a kid. There was a ‘pile up’ ….not saying it was intentional on my end. But man, it was fun. After that, Night of the Templar was my ‘film’ Directorial Debut. And no, there were no car crashes in that one.
Have you ever played a role in a movie you directed?
Only Night of the Templar, I played two (2) roles, an intense medieval knight, Lord Gregoire, and a laid back modern day ‘dude’, Jake McCallister.
What are some bad habits that you’ve seen actors develop that you’ve had a hard time dealing with?
Anticipation. When an actor rehearses a scene or after a couple of takes they start to ‘anticipate’ the next line of the moment in front of them, it is no longer organic. It’s like they act, or rather ‘react’ to the moment before it happens. And of course it’s always horrid when an Actor is unprepared or doesn’t get his/her mind fully into the character.
Have you ever encountered someone who had absolutely no talent? And did you have to break it to them?
Yes, and No. Of course I encountered people who had no talent. I’ve been doing this forever. But no, it’s not my position to judge or hurt someone. Plenty of times I’ve worked through ‘stuff’ with people and try to help as much as I could. I guess in the sense of ‘constructive’ criticism, yes, I want to help those I want to do better. But just telling someone they suck is just mean and has no benefit. I like to see people try and improve….on all levels.
What is your philosophy on the profession of acting?
Become the ball hahahhhhaahhaahaha….
What, in your opinion, is the difference between a star and an actor? Can they be interchangeable?
I don’t know, you can make a ‘star’ out of an actor. That’s just marketing, coaching, exposure, the right project, et cetera…And I guess you can make an ‘actor’ out of a star, if they’re not one already, as long as their ego permits learning and growing.
Where can fans see your movie, Night of the Templar?
If they want to see Night of the Templar it’s available to stream on iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/night-of-the-templar/id583827775 or they can buy the dvd on line through Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/23454604
Paul Sampson is simply the most handsome, smart, and talented man I know. I can remember when I wrote my first screenplay and even got a movie trailer out of it in England, he was patient, kind…forget the kind part! LOL He showed me what to get done, what was needed & that is why the DCL castle stands today.
P.S. Buy the movie! You will not regret it!
Keep up the good work and that great sense of humor! 🙂
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I laughed out loud . Great interview! Paul Sampson is riot and evidently so is the company he keeps.
I will have to check this movie out. It looks pretty cool.
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This sounds like such a good movie, and I absolutely love the cover! Now on to Amazon to try and find this movie…