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The Movie Crypt

Jun 13, 2022

PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Charles Dorfman (BARBARIANS) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey in this refreshingly honest filmmaker on filmmaker conversation about the long process of bringing an idea to the big screen for the first time. From a child enamored with his grandfather’s vast collection of VHS films… to reading every book about film directing that he could get his young hands on… to studying theater as a student at University where he initially started acting as a means to becoming a better director… to working as a development executive where he earned Associate Producer credits on films like THE KING’S SPEECH, SHAME, and TRACKS… to setting up his own theater company where he acted in several plays… to the long process of writing BARBARIANS while figuring out what exactly he wanted to do with his life… to how he ultimately came to the conclusion that if he would be directing the film he would not also act in it like he had originally planned… to the importance of always keeping an eye on the entire process of producing a film and not developing tunnel vision on only the task at hand… Charlie’s experience making BARBARIANS is one that aspiring filmmakers can surely gain insight and inspiration from. 

Charlie also shares what 80’s soft rock song his film’s live foxes preferred to hear on set and the boys’ fingers get bitten when they fall down a YouTube rabbit hole in a discussion about why filmmakers and other content creators shouldn’t base the value of their work entirely on the number of views or “likes” each effort receives.