About Will Goldstein:
Will Goldstein is an innovative and passionate Writer, Producer, and Director with proven experience steering award-winning feature films, shorts, branded content, commercials and music videos from concept to completion.
Do you have any upcoming events/products launching that you would like to promote? In the process of sound editing a feature film I wrote and directed here in the Valley. It’s a horror/dark comedy called SHE, about a recently divorced young man who seeks refuge at an Airbnb, only to find that the home’s seductive owner has other plans for him…We recently had a press screening at the FilmBar on July 5th where it was well received. We’re currently putting the finishing touches on the sound design and preparing to send it to festivals.
Hometown, if not Arizona when did you move here? Scottsdale. Lived in LA for almost a decade, then moved back a year ago to make my film.
What was the first job you ever held? feel free to elaborate on any fun memories or experiences!): My first job was at Harkins Shea 14 when I was 15 years old. I wore the suspenders and cummerbund and bow tie sold customers popcorn and soda.
Favorite AZ restaurant, venue, or activity and why? Restaurant is a toss up between Goldie’s and George and Son’s Asian Cuisine (George’s was my second job after Harkins). I grew up primarily going to movies and Suns games (back when they were contenders).
Who is someone that has had a major impact in the person you are today? My grandmother on my mom’s side. She was a single mother of 5 girls, and was widowed when my mom (the eldest) was only 11. Her grit and composure in the face of such tremendous adversity has always stuck with me.
What is your most memorable mistake you have made in your business or career? I remember going out with my co-director and business partner and making a feature length film in his hometown of Cartagena Colombia. We started with $0 and ended up funding our passion project through his friends and family. We willed the thing to death, and refused to quit even when it became impossible (which was every day). That taught me that, while passion is absolutely necessary in this business, a bulletproof plan/schedule is just as necessary to get the best results.
The biggest obstacle you’ve overcome: Getting into USC’s Film School was a huge accomplishment. I never thought I’d be able to earn that opportunity. But I busted my ass in my undergraduate days, and always went for broke on every project, test, paper, etc. I couldn’t believe it actually paid off.
Someone who inspires you and why? My parents inspire me. They’ve always been a stoic and methodical team, even when times got tough, and have always put their children first before anything else. They encouraged my brother, sister, and I to pursue what we loved, to not take any guff from anyone, and to always stand up for what is right.
Favorite quote? “I’ll rebel against the powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will.” -Paul Thomas Anderson
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do? I was lucky enough to see Pulitzer winner (writer/actor) Tracy Letts speak one night in Chicago after a movie he starred in. I think he put it best when asked a similar question: “Put your head down, and do your own shit.”
- Being a filmmaker and creator
- Getting feedback
- Maintaining creativity
- Appreciating filmmaking
- Current aspirations
- Getting in front of the right people
- Utilizing low-key social platforms
- Shift from movies to streaming
- TV Show: Lost
- Binge-watching culture
- Adapting to your canvas
- Creative mind-sets
- The business of movies
- Will’s favorite movie
- Shaping the way of making movies
- Going through film school
- His film: SHE
Connect with Will Goldstein on Instagram: @nerdrap