Interview with

Yolonda Ross

Writer/Director/Producer/Star of

Yolonda Ross

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

After helping a lot of friends with their shorts, and working on many sets, I wanted to see if I could convey my story and vision to a crew of professionals, and have the end result be what I envisioned in my head. To add to that task, I wanted to do it, with next to no dialogue, and set to a seven-minute classic rock song, that always brought to mind certain elements, which were key scenes in the film.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Doing pre-production from NYC, when I was filming in New Orleans. Finding period cars, after Hurricane Katrina.

How has the short film been received?

The film has been received wonderfully. Two highlights of our festival run were, winning San Diego Indiefest and airing on VH1 Classics and other classic music video channels. We also were chosen for CBS’s ‘A-List’.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Season Four of ‘The Chi’, airing on Showtime. I’m a series regular, ‘Jada’, on the show. I’m starring in a new play by David Mamet; ‘Four American Women’ will be online starting April 26th- May9th. Still working on the financing for my first feature, ‘Scenes From Our Marriage’.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Get as many pieces of the puzzle together yourself, and hire people that believe in you and your vision. Just an FYI, don’t think that anything or anyone is out of your league. SAG is extremely helpful with getting you to actors, and as far as crew, many times people understand you don’t have lots of money, but if you can offer anything to them, they will take that to heart and appreciate you trying.

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Interview with

Yolonda Ross

Writer/Director/Producer/Star of

Yolonda Ross

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

After helping a lot of friends with their shorts, and working on many sets, I wanted to see if I could convey my story and vision to a crew of professionals, and have the end result be what I envisioned in my head. To add to that task, I wanted to do it, with next to no dialogue, and set to a seven-minute classic rock song, that always brought to mind certain elements, which were key scenes in the film.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Doing pre-production from NYC, when I was filming in New Orleans. Finding period cars, after Hurricane Katrina.

How has the short film been received?

The film has been received wonderfully. Two highlights of our festival run were, winning San Diego Indiefest and airing on VH1 Classics and other classic music video channels. We also were chosen for CBS’s ‘A-List’.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Season Four of ‘The Chi’, airing on Showtime. I’m a series regular, ‘Jada’, on the show. I’m starring in a new play by David Mamet; ‘Four American Women’ will be online starting April 26th- May9th. Still working on the financing for my first feature, ‘Scenes From Our Marriage’.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Get as many pieces of the puzzle together yourself, and hire people that believe in you and your vision. Just an FYI, don’t think that anything or anyone is out of your league. SAG is extremely helpful with getting you to actors, and as far as crew, many times people understand you don’t have lots of money, but if you can offer anything to them, they will take that to heart and appreciate you trying.

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