The Movie Crypt: Ep. 48: Producer Michael Barnathan

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Straight from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, producer Michael Barnathan (HARRY POTTER, THE HELP, FANTASTIC FOUR) joins Adam and Joe for a discussion all about Michael’s astonishing career. Including stories about how ducks (yes, ducks) set Michael on his path to filmmaking, attending film school at NYU, making a documentary all about Nazis, working with the incredible Chris Columbus, launching 1492 Films, navigating the Hollywood industry, and practical career advice straight from the mouth of one of cinema’s biggest successes…this episode jingles all the way through the Hollywood blockbuster side of the business. Your “Viewer Mail” is answered, quidditch is played, and there’s a “5 Minute Movie” that will leave you hungry for more. So grab your wand, yell out “Rictusempra!”, and enjoy.

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  • Ben

    Another great podcast guys. Every time the subject of film school comes up on one of these podcasts I can totally relate. I remember one of my professors hated Tony Scott and Brian DePalma. He would go on and on about how they would steal shots from other more deserving filmmakers. Also, my peers in the classes hated everything I loved. They never liked anything mainstream only foreign or really obscure independent films.

    • Adam Green

      Totally hear you, Ben. For all of the good things that you can get out of film school, when stuck with opinionated and bitter professors who never accomplished what they’re supposedly teaching you how to do and students with entitled personalities better suited for blogging their opinions than actually making films… it can be a very disenchanting experience for some. That being said, there are plenty of examples of amazing film school experiences, professors, and students as detailed by Michael’s story in this episode. My opinion to those wondering whether or not they should go is always “if you have the means to go, then absolutely go… but if it just isn’t feasible or for you, don’t think that it means you now can’t accomplish a career in this industry.”

  • Shad Youngblood

    The story about why they included the one bit of color in “Schindler’s List” is classic.