He is the man behind All That You Love Will Be Carried Away Dollar Baby Film.
SKSM: May you introduce yourself to our readers? Who are you and what do you do?
Hendrik Harms: My name is Hendrik Harms, I’m a Writer, Director and Producer and run Harms Way Studios.
SKSM: How would you decide that shoot movies was your mission?
Hendrik Harms: I’ve always loved films from a young age. It fuelled my passion for writing and telling stories. For a number of years I was an actor and got a lot of experience working on sets. One day after reading a string of rubbish scripts, I decided I’d make my own films. There is nothing more rewarding to me than taking a film from the writing stage, all the way through to completion. Then being able to see people enjoy what you’ve created is just an indescribable feeling.
SKSM: Could you tell our readers the status of All that you love will be carried away or some updates?
Hendrik Harms: The film is currently without editor, so has a little work still to be done on it. To keep up to date with our progress and to see any stills of the film, be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages @harmswaystudios.
SKSM: How come you picked All that you love will be carried away to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?
Hendrik Harms: I was a big fan of the tone of the story and I really liked how the main character studied and collected random pieces of graffiti that he found interesting. We come into contact with graffiti so often and never properly look at it, so the fact that the main character not only sees it all but he views these scribblings as his friends was just a fascinating story to build on. It really fired up my imagination.
SKSM: It is All that you love will be carried away your debut as a director?
Hendrik Harms: No, this is my second film. The first was a tense horror/thriller called The Music Box.
SKSM: Did you know that this story has already been filmed as Dollar Baby? Have you seen any of these adaptations? If so, what do you think about it?
Hendrik Harms: I did know about the other versions. I actually watched quite a few as research for our adaptation. There were some really good ones out there and a lot of them were quite faithful to the original story with a few changes here and there. That’s part of the reason I decided to change up the story. I wanted to keep the same tone but after 40 years of the Dollar Baby scheme running, I thought people would enjoy a bit of a different take.
SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?
Hendrik Harms: I am a big fan yes. 11/22/63 is probably one of my favourite stories as I love anything to do with time travel. I am also really looking forward to the release of Doctor Sleep as the writer/director of that film, Mike Flanagan, is incredible at what he does. He adapted the popular Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. So, with his visual style and distinct type of storytelling, combined with the mastery of Stephen King, I think that film is going to be very exciting for both King and film lovers.
SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1?
Hendrik Harms: Being a big fan of Frank Darabont’s, I learnt about the Dollar Baby scheme whilst looking through his back catalogue of work. I think it’s a wonderful initiative and a great platform for emerging filmmakers.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Hendrik Harms: We’ve recently won two awards for The Music Box and I’m sure there are even more spectacular things to come for All That You Love Will Be Carried Away. These successes have allowed us to begin work on our first feature, which is incredibly exciting.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Hendrik Harms: Probably that I didn’t go to film school. My experience comes from watching films and working on film sets in front of the camera.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to our readers?
Hendrik Harms: Just that I hope they continue to follow our journey and to thank them for all their support so far!