An Interview with Susan Daniel, Director of The Dealer on Campus


Please tell us what or who made you fall in love with cinema. How did you learn how to make films and how many projects did you work on before moving to The Dealer on Campus? My love for cinema stems back to when I was a kid. Growing up, I watched classical films with my Dad and that inspired me to make films. I learnt how to make films through studying Screen and Media, Film & Television at Randwick TAFE. Before moving to The Dealer on Campus, I collaborated on a couple of projects with friends as well as some film school projects and my own projects. So that would total to about eleven projects I did before moving to The Dealer on Campus. ​ Where did the idea for the film come from? How long did it take you to form it into what it is now? Back in 2019, while I was in Film School, my class and I were working on our Student film. My Producing Teacher has requested we make another Short Film as the semester was wrapping up. We usually make two films a semester. I wrote what was an early rough draft for the script. It was for a class, in the hopes that we could squeeze in one last film to make at the end of the semester. Sadly, we ran out of time, therefore couldn’t make another film. Eight months later, my family and I were packing to go on vacation to Coffs Harbor. The day before we left, I worked on the script, in which I fleshed out the story, the characters, made it more multi-dimensional, than it was before. This was back in December 2019 but I like to film during the colder months so I wait a while. We were originally going to film it in April, but COVID delayed the production and we ended up filming in mid-July. Which wasn’t too bad.


Tell us about the themes you wanted to incorporate into your film. What are the concerns or problems you want to reflect in your work(s)? The themes I incorporated in Dealer on Campus are Injustice and Judgement. They mix with the overall message of the film, which is “Don’t jump to conclusion, before all the pieces are there.” The concerns I wanted to reflect in my work is that through a clouded judgement, you might not see everything clearly, therefore causing you to take action that will eventually lead to injustice.

Tell us about your festival run. Have film festivals provided you with the experience and exposure you needed? What do you think about the fact that most film festivals have become online? How has the change affected the films? The Dealer on Campus has been selected into various Film Festivals. It was a finalist for “Seoul International Short Film Festival” “Tokyo Short Film Festival” “Roma Short Film Festival” and “New Wave” so that is really good for me. That definitely provided me the exposure I need. Though a part of me wishes they weren’t online, because it would be nice to travel to a city where my film is being played and seeing people in a theatre watching my film, seeing their reactions. I hope we can all get a chance to live that experience again someday. ​ What was the reaction of those who watched your film? Was the feedback what you hoped for? The feedback I’ve gotten from people on YouTube, Reddit, Social Media, Film Festivals, has been generally positive. Which is pretty good, it was exactly what I had hoped for. ​ Are you planning to make more short films in the near future or are you planning to move to feature films soon? Right now, I just wrapped up shooting a Short Film for MY RØDE REEL. And I do plan on making another Short Film, that I submitted in to Shore Scripts for funding. I am planning to move into features soon, so I’m hoping to make my first feature film and have it distributed before I turn twenty-eight. Fingers cross. ​ Please tell us about your future project(s). What are you working on? I am currently editing my Short Film for MY RØDE REEL as well as an online series I’m trying to get funding and distribution for.



Please tell us what or who made you fall in love with cinema. How did you learn how to make films and how many projects did you work on before moving to The Dealer on Campus? My love for cinema stems back to when I was a kid. Growing up, I watched classical films with my Dad and that inspired me to make films. I learnt how to make films through studying Screen and Media, Film & Television at Randwick TAFE. Before moving to The Dealer on Campus, I collaborated on a couple of projects with friends as well as some film school projects and my own projects. So that would total to about eleven projects I did before moving to The Dealer on Campus. ​ Where did the idea for the film come from? How long did it take you to form it into what it is now? Back in 2019, while I was in Film School, my class and I were working on our Student film. My Producing Teacher has requested we make another Short Film as the semester was wrapping up. We usually make two films a semester. I wrote what was an early rough draft for the script. It was for a class, in the hopes that we could squeeze in one last film to make at the end of the semester. Sadly, we ran out of time, therefore couldn’t make another film. Eight months later, my family and I were packing to go on vacation to Coffs Harbor. The day before we left, I worked on the script, in which I fleshed out the story, the characters, made it more multi-dimensional, than it was before. This was back in December 2019 but I like to film during the colder months so I wait a while. We were originally going to film it in April, but COVID delayed the production and we ended up filming in mid-July. Which wasn’t too bad.