July 7th, 2008 08:33 EST
Time with Independent Filmmaker Scott Goldberg
Hello Scott, tell me about yourself?
I`m a filmmaker who wants to see a change in both the mainstream and independent media. This means filmmaking, news, media, art and music.
What inspired you to become involved within entertainment industry?
The thing that inspired me to become involved had to be the aspect of being creative and making a film the way you want to make it. A big problem with the mainstream entertainment industry is the lack of freedom to make the art/media you want. There always seems to be restrictions within the "system."
Many companies in the industry are more independent than others so there is more freedom but all in all, within Hollywood there is not as much as freedom as there is on an independent production where you are calling all the shots. The problem for many independent films is money and funding. Some filmmakers find producers and people who are willing to put money into their projects. Others have to work for their money, and almost never see a cent back from their independent short films. I know I haven`t. But the thing that keeps people going, as well as myself, is the passion for creating a story that can either scare people, make them think, cry or laugh.
Tell me about your recent film and or projects.
I`m working on a feature-length documentary entitled "Dying for Change" which is about people who are making a change for the better, whether it is through media, filmmaking, art, music or politics. I`m also working on a film called "Loss of Hope" with Friday the 13th veteran actor, Paul Kratka, as well as a few other projects that are in the works.
Was there ever a time where you found a project extremely challenging?
Any independently-produced film is challenging. There are, maybe, a few instances where they are not, but lack of funds is a pain because to make a film you need to spend money on either renting equipment or buying new equipment that will help your production looks bigger and better.
Share with me your other areas of expertise besides acting.
I`ve done some 2nd Assistant Camera for Super16mm film, some Assistant Directing for other filmmaker`s projects as well as writing, cinematography, producing, etc. My main love is directing and creating worlds for people. As long as someone is interested in what they are working on and love something with a passion and can make a pretty damn good film, then they will more than likely achieve their goals.
Where can my readers learn more about you?
They can check out my work at www.ScottGoldbergFilms.com which, right now, is under construction in order to add some more features and updates, as well as www.myspace.com/ScottGoldberg.
What do you do in your spare time, if any? And, what are some of your plans for future projects?
I like to make music and sing. It`s an outlet for me to go out once in a while and do some karaoke (not the drunk kind). A lot of people think about karaoke and they think it`s old people singing crappy MIDI music in a seedy bar. There are actually some fun and happening places that have karaoke. You just have to know where to look for them. It`s a good release of energy.
As for future projects, I am very excited about a short film that I want to make into a feature called "The Project."
Would you have any advice for writers/directors just starting out?
It may take years and thousands of dollars being spent before you find something unique about yourself and your work. This is a long road ahead and most people do not make it happen for themselves because of the long time it takes. If you`re doing this for the love and the passion and you have the goods, then, at some point, you`re bound to get funding for your films. If you`re just looking to get famous, this is the wrong business for that. It`s about showing an investor and the public that your film can be unique and different from everyone else`s. Find out what is unique about you and your work and get it out to people.
Which horror films would you consider to be your favorite and which horror character?
My favorite horror film has to be George Romero`s "Day of the Dead." I can geek out to that film for hours. The music in it is something special to me. It just clicks within my soul. I don`t know what it is about Day of the Dead, and the score and the feeling of the movie, but it`s something that very few films can achieve. Romero`s best Dead film. Also, I love Phantasm, Halloween, Carrie, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Friday the 13th.
Thanks Scott for the wonderful interview.
Scott resides in Glen Cove, New York and continues with his filmmaking craft.