We had the good fortune of connecting with Ross Campbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ross, what do you want people to remember about you?
When it comes to a legacy for any filmmaker it is not just our name we want people to remember but the messages we leave behind. Sure, it’s great having a legacy and to have my name remembered for generations to come, but what I really would want for people to remember most is the inspirational message in the films I produce. I sometimes imagine years after I leave this earth that my stories could still be making an impact on people’s lives, like “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “Rocky” still resonates to inspire and motivate people to this day. For me and Lone Road Productions, we strive to create original evergreen like concepts and I look forward to the legacy our projects will bring long after I’m gone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The art of filmmaking and telling a great story has been around for decades. I try to add a magnanimous sense in my films to have the audience feel good, to draw strength, and refer them to thoughts of inspiration. What set’s me apart from some filmmakers is my ability to problem solve and work multiple jobs on set at once. I am very proud of not just the projects I have been fortunate enough to produce but the amazing individuals who worked alongside me to make them come to life. I got to where I am today professionally by taking risks, having faith, and never giving up. It was far from easy, every film brought its own set of challenges but what got me through it all was to take a moment, consult with my team, pray for guidance then taking these challenges head-on with no fear. I always believe there is never a challenge too great or a goal that is unachievable. Through the years I have learned that it’s okay to make mistakes or chalk up losses, they become your most valuable lessons. Even if something happens that can’t be controlled it is often a blessing in disguise. In a very meta way, a filmmaker is like a protagonist in his own story, there can be struggles, there can be doubt, there can be frustrations but there is always a happy ending. The reason why my partner Ayhan and I decided to name our brand Lone Road Productions is because we believe that anyone who wants to achieve their dream must take a road of isolation, where the only person who may believe in them is the one they see in the mirror. We want the world to know our brand as a team of relentless professionals who are here to revolutionize the industry, no matter the challenge.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Even though I just moved to North Hollywood and I do believe there is a lot of great and exciting things to do in the city, I gotta give love to the South Bay. In Torrance, where I was born there are some of the greatest places to enjoy. As a fitness freak, I would take them to hang out with my old family at UFC Gym and get a killer workout then eat at HopSaint brewery, in my opinion, the best BBQ in town. Close by, a great place to hang out in general, are the beaches, Hermosa, Redondo, and Manhattan all within arms reach each other where you can socialize and try some of the hidden gems of mom and pop restaurants and bars. If they need to shop I would take them to Del Amo Mall one of the largest in the nation. On a nice day, Palos Verdes’ view can be like a slice of heaven. All around the culture of the South Bay is unique and the people there are very well like a family I would recommend a trip there to anyone who’s new to the area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family and loved ones who sacrificed so much for my dream. My parents, Tom and Karen Campbell and sisters Jill, Colleen, and Jacquelyn. Shout out to my wonderful partners at Lone Road Productions, Ayhan Tongadur, and Fia Johansson. My beautiful and strong fiance Camille Laubertie, thank you for your unconditional love and support picking me up during days of uncertainty. Lastly, I give all credit to God for giving me wisdom and strength through the times I could not control.