Today we’d like to introduce you to Ross Campbell.
Ross, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my journey in the film industry as a child actor. My family had just moved over from Philadelphia to Torrance California and decided to get me into film at the age of four. I was on sets for as long as I could remember, but I also had so much interest in what happened behind the camera. From there my curiosity grew and I began storyboarding and filming videos with my friends at the nearby park on a toy camera. My interest in directing and editing lead me to continue my studies in film through high school and college.
On a football scholarship, I went to Montana and studied theater but realized quickly that I needed to return to Los Angeles to the heart of where all filmmakers are destined to be. For four years I studied at Chapman University and obtained my Bachelor’s in Creative Producing. After some time of working on shorts and pilots, I was given the immense opportunity to travel to South East Asia and continue on my dream path. There I worked closely with producers and financiers on films throughout Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. My mentors there helped guide me into becoming the filmmaker I am today.
My life-changing experience was creating my movie in the Philippines, 100 Yards. On this project, I was able to write, produce, and direct to my full creative ability. 100 yards not only changed my career as a filmmaker, it made me a better person for it helped bring me and others closer spiritually on this project. Being able to travel the world and bring ideas to life has opened doors to all sorts of possibilities and lead me to meet some of the greatest people I have had the pleasure of working with. After a series of family tragedies in a short time, I moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to family and continue my journey as a creative producer, writer, and director. After many adversities and life experiences, as everyone knows the film industry is no easy journey and yes I have failed at some, but I look at these as progressive stepping stones towards the filmmaker I strive to be.
Although my heart lies within the power of writing scripts, I was given several opportunities to produce and direct more locally produced films in the Los Angeles area. Returning home not only proved to be worthy of my film making dreams I met the love of my life and I can only be thrilled for what the future holds. If anything I can take from this film journey is that being closer to the family has helped my film career immensely. My father who has always been my biggest supporter in life in both film and finding love underwent a heart and liver transplant simultaneously with very narrow odds in his favor and survived. This brought my family and I closer to God and boosted my creative writing abilities to new heights. My mother and father no matter the circumstances of what was going on around us, always pushed me to be my best self in film.
Having strong parents and loved ones around you changes who you are as a person for the best and that certainly shows in my writing ability to produce even greater scripts, more detailed visions in directing, and even more efficient ways in producing. Having undergone many difficult times, movies and film making have always been my true passion. Currently, my film journey has to lead me to an amazing business partner who has not only worked tirelessly alongside me in our journey together creating a production company and charity that will soon come to fruition with a slate of projects lined up from movies to TV shows and the potential to be more. Life has an interesting way of leading someone to become the person they are destined to be. Even though my journey so far has been twisted with many bumps in the road it has made me the man and filmmaker I am today and I am forever grateful for it.
Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely was not a smooth road, most of my life I had to work at things alone venturing to new places by myself. Learning new cultures and ways of doing things. One year I had four family deaths happen back to back all while trying to save a production that went over budget. While this time was challenging I was able to persevere and make things happen. Mainly I learned the importance of having faith and that there is much more to our own potential than we know. Also, these challenges and obstacles better prepared me for the road ahead and gives me a feeling of confidence that I can handle any challenges life throws my way.
Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
In the past I have worked on the boards of many companies in Singapore, my main role was always to be a creative associate, reading and analyzing scripts as well as creating them from scratch. Today I work with my partner at Lone Road Productions to not only try to create positive high-quality content for the world but help in creating charity organizations we have high hopes for. What I believe sets us apart will be our stories, that we can create high-quality projects that can inspire our audience and eventually change the world.
How do you, personally, define success? What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc?
Success to me has always been to overcome the challenges that we face. This challenge could be something longterm or a daily challenge. Growing up playing sports I always look for the daily challenges and how I can gain daily success, even in the little things how I can get the “wins” of the day. This ultimately helps me to win the big challenges I face as well. More importantly, I believe that success is often earned through my failures, without failures to learn and bridge us to the next journey we can never truly succeed in life.
- Email: Ross@loneroadproductions.com
John Fredricks, Photographer