Sam Campbell pilots Channel 4 guerilla film series 'Make That Movie!'

ExclusiveTuesday 26th March 2024, 4:41pm by Jay Richardson

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  • Sam Campbell has reunited with the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared team for a Channel 4 pilot in which he make films from ideas dreamed up by members of the public
  • In Make That Movie!, the Australian comic and his team of film specialists must race against time to complete their features
  • Artist-comedian Babak Ganjei, who first came to prominence with his Film Idea artworks, is also among those involved

Sam Campbell is piloting a Channel 4 comedy series with the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared team in which he is challenged to make films from scratch, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

In Make That Movie!, the 2022 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and recent Taskmaster champion will direct films based on ideas suggested by members of the public.

The Australian comic, who frequently incorporates video into his stand-up, and his team of film specialists will race against the clock to carry the ideas through every stage of production.

Make That Movie! is directed by Don't Hug Me co-creator Joseph Pelling for Blink Industries, the production company that brought the musical horror comedy from YouTube to Channel 4 in 2022.

Campbell wrote on the puppet-based show and provided the voice of Red Guy's ID card. Pelling and Blink also made the comic's 2019 Channel 4 "blap" pilot Get Real Dude:

Produced by Will Hay, whose production credits include Blink's The Paddock for Channel 4, the Make That Movie! pilot was shot in Letchworth, North Hertfordshire in October.

Blink posted an image from the set on Instagram, featuring visual artist, comedian and musician Babak Ganjei (Freelancer, The Paddock), who initially came to prominence with his Film Idea series of text-based works:

Stand-up Katie Norris, previously of the double-act Norris & Parker with Sinead Parker, also appeared in the pilot.

Make That Movie! follows Bill Bailey's recent talent contest show, Bring The Drama, for BBC Two, in which amateur actors are offered the chance to break into television.

Campbell, whose UK television credits also include Bloods, Live At The Moth Club and his recent debut on Would I Lie To You?, has just launched the podcast Lucy & Sam's Perfect Brains with his fellow Taskmaster contestant Lucy Beaumont, in which the pair focus "their unique minds on different topics, with plenty of room for anecdotes and theorems".

He has also added extra dates to his Wobservations live tour, which continues at The Leadmill in Sheffield tomorrow night and currently runs until June in the UK, after Australian dates in April.

Channel 4 and Blink Industries declined to comment on Make That Movie!.

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