Saturday, 23 March 2013

An Introduction To...Joshua Leo Dorfman

1.  Give us a quick introduction to yourself and tell us what you do.

Hello! My name is Joshua Leo Dorfman, and I am the company director of production company, Fallout Productions. The areas of production we deal with are directing, writing and editing. During my spare time, I’m also a cameraman/production co-ordinator for Cotyso Studios in Manchester.

2.  What is it that made you want to get into the production business and how long have you been doing it for now?

I have been taking pictures and had a fascination with films ever since I can remember. Whether it was filming my mates wrestling when I was a kid, or family weddings, I was always the one with a camera in my hand and this naturally evolved into making short films with friends. The turning point for me was when I was 16 and I was about to sign up for the British army as a field medic. My Mum walked into my room as I was editing some of my photos, which she was really impressed with. She made a deal with me that she would fund me to study photography in college and if I didn’t like it I could then join the army. Cutting a long story short, I got a scholarship on the back of my photos I took that summer and I went to college in Dublin and finished my degree in the UK and graduated in 2011. I haven’t thought about joining the army since!

3.  What do you love most about what you do?

Where to start! No shoot is the same and every day is different. Not a lot of people can say they do what they love for a job, in fact I don’t even call it a job or work, it’s a way of life. Working with a team of creative people can become a nightmare at times, because there are so many visions and ideas poured into any project, but at the same times that’s the beauty of it. My camera is my tool, it’s what helps me show the visions I have and I feel entirely lost without it.

4.  Production wise, what’s your favourite movie?

That’s an impossible question to answer! If I had to choose I would say the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien said the books could never be made into a film, but Peter Jackson smashed it! It is hands down, the most beautiful, visually breathtaking and powerful trilogy in cinema history, even if it is over ten years old.

5.  A bit of a clich├ęd question but where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

For my company, I’m hoping to focus more on just music videos, live sessions and business promotion. Freelance wise, I will hopefully be working on British feature films and travelling.

6.  What has your greatest achievement been so far?

So far it has definitely been setting up a company that’s still going after a year. Most businesses fold after their first year and I remember knowing that before I started Fallout Productions. The whole reason I set the business up is because I was struggling to get full time work in the film and TV industry, so I thought sod it, I’ll create my own work!

7.  If you could work on a music video for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Linkin Park or 30 Seconds to Mars. I love that both bands use their music videos to emphasise their song's meanings. They have such epic songs and the visual possibilities are endless. It’d be like giving an artist a blank canvas and every colour paint imaginable!

8.  Do you prefer being behind or in front of the camera?

Behind! I did some acting at school and loved it, but as I've become older I have realised that being the puppeteer is something that I’m a lot better at than being the puppet!

9.  If you could shoot a movie or music video anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to shoot a film in Vietnam. I'm planning on going for a week next year to do some photography and I'm in the early stages of a script idea. I can only go off of films and pictures that have been taken, but its looks beautiful and is very different to anything in the UK.

10.  What are you currently working on at the moment and when can we expect it to be released?

I’m in postproduction with my editing guy on GRIM's second official music video, which is our biggest one to date. I’m also working on postproduction for another music video for Halloe Away and have three live session music videos coming up in late March/April. We are also in the talks with a tattoo shop and clothing range to do some promo videos. I’m in pre-production with Paul Preston, one of our producers and leading actor, on Fallout’s first horror film for later this year. I'm also writing my next short called Brothers, which I'm hoping to start production on in June. No rest for the wicked!

11.  Which do you prefer to make, music videos or film and why?

I think both give me a different form satisfaction. With films, I can create characters and stories from scratch. This means I have full control of everything involved and I can then get the right people on board to develop the film. With music videos, I’m creating something visual to accompany and compliment the song so I have to keep in mind all the themes and elements of the music to create the right balance.

12.  Who’s your biggest influence?

The people I know, definitely my Mum. I wouldn’t of been able to get through college and university without her. She has been consistently supportive and loving and I really don’t know where I would be without her! Another huge inspiration (who I have met!) is Shane Meadows. He started with nothing yet has achieved so much and has made the film and television industry take risks and bravely approach serious issues within our countries culture.

13.  Which project that you’ve worked on has been the most rewarding and which has been the most challenging?

Most rewarding would be Nathan Luke's Buried. It’s a very raw and basic production, but that’s what I love about it. It is important to note that the key point of a live session is to show a musician or band as they would play live and portray their true personality. Buried has certainly received the most compliments and has had the most YouTube hits. When I first started doing live sessions, I wanted to actually do live sessions. Meaning, you get a lot now which are tampered with that might as well be official music videos. Lighting, cinematography and sound especially are overly edited for a lot of live sessions. I wanted to film the moment as it is, so if a kid laughs in the distance, or a church bell goes off, so be it.

Lurk was definitely the most challenging. When people trust you and give you their hard earned money for something that is in your hands, it comes with great responsibility and requires a huge amount of dedication. It was also had the largest crew and cast I have directed, one scene involved over 15 people, and that may not seem a lot but it really is!

14.  I’ve been looking through some of your work and the one thing that really caught my eye is LURK, tell us more about it?

I was approached by Paul Preston, a good friend of mine who is an actor and producer and he came to me with a script he wrote. He wanted me to direct and co- produce the film with him through Fallout. Lurk was one of the biggest budgets we have worked with and we both worked very hard onto making it a gritty British crime story that had an onion layered narrative. Due to overwhelming feedback, we have sent the film to festivals and the trailer can be found on our youtube page.

15.  Is there a specific movie genre you would prefer to stick to throughout your career?

British social realism is a favourite of mine. It’s what I enjoy and know best and with British culture being so vast, historic and multi cultural, the possibilities of stories and characters are endless. It’s not just the stories and themes that I enjoy about the genre, it is also how the films are made.

16.  In the land of movies, what film is your guilty pleasure?

Titanic. A love story that starts and develops in a way that I feel is believable and keeps you mesmerised throughout. But I do have to point out, there was definitely room for two at the end!

17.  What is it that keeps you going? How do you keep the dream alive?

I think you can only be continuously motivated and work towards bigger things if you are working at what you love doing most. Having a close circuit of amazing friends and incredible family, helps me to keep going when times are hard.

18.  What was the last Tweet you got?

You know what, I don’t actually Tweet funny enough. I think I should though, apparantly all the kids are doing it!

19.  Give us web addresses, Twitter, Facebook bits and bobs so people can find you!

Yeah awesome, feel free to check out my work on any of these links:

Please check out our next music video for GRIM which will be released on the 9th April, all links to the video can be found on the Fallout Productions facebook page. Also, if you ever want to become a part of one of our projects in any way, please contact me or one of the guys. We are always up for meeting new people and sharing stories.

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