We had the good fortune of connecting with Oscar Gubelman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oscar, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Oddly enough this came quite naturally. When I was younger the idea of being a producer was never even a spark in my brain. I was always going to be on the stage or in front of the camera. It was and still is my biggest passion. The rush you get when you are in front of that many people, the feeling of being connected to your fellow actor or the introspection of diving into a character; there really is nothing like it. The business side came as almost an obvious next step. Be able to create. Having control over characters and story lines and watch it all come to life piece by piece. It was taking the passion of acting and going to the next level. I also happen to have had the luck of two amazing co-owners with similar views and matching excitement next to me. Its always wonderful to dream but when you have people beside you who are ready to pull it into a reality it is truly phenomenal. Walking Distance Productions is a tool to be able to make our dreams and creations a reality.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Walking Distance Productions was founded in 2012 Ryan Harriss (director/writer) Jeff Haskett-Wood (writer/producer) and myself, Oscar Gubelman (producer/actor/story supervisor) as a means to provide not just ourselves but filmmakers everywhere the resources they need to create films. Our latest achievement and news is that our very first feature film will be coming to AmazonPrime this June! I cant tell you how excited and proud I am of everyone who has worked on ‘Zooey’. Just for context, Zooey was shot over the course of nine months as we could only schedule 2 shooting days a week. So many ups and downs, people volunteering their time and such hard and dedicated work but in the end we have a wonderful, charming, coming of age film, finally about to be released. I’d ask everyone to check it out come June and please if you like, sign up for our mailing list for updates.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of the fantastic and unique things about the Los Angeles area is its ability to offer many different locales to visit in both the urban and natural environments. Its one of the best parts of the greater Los Angeles area. Some of the must goes are the beaches. I prefer Malibu but again so many little off shoots you can go. West Hollywood is always a scene and actually holds probably my favorite Wine Bar in the city ‘V Wine Room’. Friendly, knowledgeable, and killer taste in wines. Speaking of wine (yes its a passion of mine), is going north to the vineyards and wineries. Can’t call Los Alamos, LA proper but the food and wine along with the vineyards around it are spectacular and not to miss. Honestly going on a taco truck hunt is always a grand time and depending on the day of the week, the farmers markets are wonderful. Sunday down in Mar Vista is a great market filled with such fun and interesting people. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If there is one thing I can say about the production world is there is always someone to give a shoutout. Nothing can be done without so many peoples hard work. I’m pretty sure this is why all our award shows always seem to run overtime. There are so many folks I’d like to Shoutout here who have helped me along the way but I’ll stick to my business partners Ryan Harriss and Jeff Haskett-Wood for now. As a trio, we managed to produce a feature film on our own despite the many complications both ordinary and extraordinary as the global pandemic hit. Creating ‘Zooey’ was both a labor of love and a collective achievement we all worked hard on together, and I don’t think it could happen without all of us there pushing it forward. There are so many turning cogs in production. I think thats part of why I enjoy it so much. There is always going to be a new problem, or a snag you didn’t expect around every corner and it takes people you can lean on and trust in order for all to get handled. So yes big shout out to my business partners but also EVERYONE who had a part in bringing our upcoming film ‘Zooey’ to life.
Other: Email list for Zooey: tinyurl.com/ZooeyMovie