Joy of making ‘Prince Avalanche’ compared to summer camp

It’s not uncommon for actors to compare working on a film set to summer camp – it’s so common in fact I usually don’t bother drawing any more attention to it when it happens – but filmmaker David Gordon Green’s comparison to summer camp when talking about his new film Prince Avalanche is a little more specific.

Green, one of my favorite filmmakers for his work on films like All the Real Girls, George Washington and Snow Angels, and the HBO show Eastbound and Down, talked about the stripped down production in Texas to Filmmaker Magazine:

With a small group of my friends, we (were) able to entirely eliminate everything that is frustrating about making movies and capitalize only on what inspires us. It was an absolute joy – like swimming with turtles at summer camp when you’re a kid. I’m hoping to remake it again.

I love the specific image he conjures up there and can certainly identify with the joy he felt working on the film, which is an adaptation of a 2011 Icelandic comedy Either Way and stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as highwaymen who leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire.

The film is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, which is happening through Jan. 27 in Park City, Utah.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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