The Nature Between Us


Back in 2007, as students at the Savannah College of Art and Design, William Campbell teamed up with Anh Vu to create The Lemon Tree, an experimental short film that went on to win awards and launch Will and Anh’s careers with a bang. (Anh graduated to work with Psyop as a staff designer, while Will went to work with Superfad in LA.)

Will’s latest short film, The Nature Between Us, is a surreal tale of personal relationships told in a style that is uniquely his own. The film premiered at Sundance 2009 and screened at SXSW 2009, charming audiences with its mysterious narrative and off-beat bubble gum visuals.

Will and producer Jett Steiger graciously took some time to answer our questions about the project. Read on…

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Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.


Marc B.

A few minutes of my life I can’t have back :(


agreed, this hipster garbage just made me throw up in my mouth.


This is Shameful. how does this get posted?


@all above: Sorry guys, but unlike a lot of stuff that gets posted here, there’s more to this film than meets the eye. Watch it more than once. It’s making fun of itself a bit, but there’s a lot going on.

@blahblahblah The 80’s happened. It’s not something hipsters invented. I thought this was funny and had an interesting narrative style.


but the hipsters keep throwing it back at us thinking its totally ironic… while its mostly just not.

as for the movie.. dunno… felt like watching saved by the bell… and then some boujou and ambient occlusion happened..


You can tell there was a lot of thought put into it and I felt they did a great job of creating this surreal VHS dreamlike thing. I liked it!

The Fake Marc B.

Well Done! I love this kind of work. Keep it coming.

Marc B.

Please not. Don’t encourage crap like this to be produced again.


Agreed. And stop making excuses .. “there’s more than meets the eye.”

Reminds me of some scenes in “Art School Confidential” ..everyone knows its crap .. but if enough people spout enough somewhat intelligent BS maybe people will think it really is cool. Uh .. no.


just because people put the work in doesn’t mean you have to give them a “bravo” This project being the “case in point” of that. Something like this that I’m sure might have been intended to have some deep rooted meaning that I may or may not have to watch over and over again to comprehend…well it has to make me want to do that…All I wanted to do was skip through to the end. FAIL-


This is “totally tubular,” with a Saved By The Bell meets Wildstyle aftertaste!

Generally speaking, I’m not quite sure why it suffers from such a low rating. After reading the interview, I understand that a lot of energy was put into the character creation and 3D tracking, but for me, the real magic is the art direction, and purposefully superficial story.

The Lo-Fi, synthesized, track totally legitimizes the quirky production, and the VHS quality churns it through the perfect 80’s filter. The break at 3:08 harks back to the days of accidentally “taping over” your favorite show, while the stone washed denim, spandex wearing cast spoils us with after school hijinks.

Excuse me while I go crimp my hair.


but to what end?? this legitimizes that & That harkens to this…blah, blah, blah. it’s more like hitting a piñata & seeing what falls out then slapping it all together & giving it a name. reading through the interview reminds me of that pepsi style guide that was floating around the internet a while back.

Marc B.

In other words

“When ideas fail, words come in very handy.” – Goethe



tory baker

Dear Haters,

Next time you leave a comment please list information on the work that you’ve done so we can all talk shit on your stuff. You can’t be too busy on your own projects if your so busy criticizing others. Retards.

Good movie. Great Job!


wow…I would assume that this is a forum where work is posted and people are given the opportunity to voice their “oppinions”?? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of an art critic having the “artist” crit hiswork before or after he or she wrote an unfavorable review on “said” artist. I’d love to hear your “oppinions” on why this is good? Maybe you can post up some of your work so we can all see if your comments should be considered credible?

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