Credibility & intention are deciding factors for choosing a project, says Matthew Michael Ross

Asha Bajaj
5 min readFeb 5, 2021

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Toronto/Canadian-Media: An award-winning writer-director and editor, Matthew Michael Ross, a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), worked for SONY Pictures and did projects for other studios. His films were nominated at Cannes and Tribeca and won the Beverly Hills Film Festival

Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director of Canadian-Media had an opportunity to discuss with Ross through e-mail his inspiration to direct the film, ‘Mother’s Day Memories (MDM), the challenges faced by him and how he got over these.

Matthew Michael Ross. Image credit: Facebook page

Asha Bajaj: What motivated you to direct the short film, ‘Mother’s Day Memories’?

Ross:
What motivates me to direct any project is the story and the intention. MDM has a story worth telling and the intention is to create awareness of Alzheimer’s. Bill Hoversten came to me with the project and its authenticity intrigued me. We kept it authentic and from the heart.

Mother’s Day Memories. Image credit: alzheimersla.org
Mother’s Day Memories. Image credit: Facebook page

What were the main challenges that you faced in directing the short film, ‘Mother’s Day Memories’?

As an independent director, challenges always arise due to a lack of funds. As a result, we are forced to choose only those locations that we can afford, set decorations, and purchase equipment according to our budget If there were no budget restrictions, most challenges would be more creative in nature. We had some of those, but not too many. The cast and crew were great and worked very hard to make this film.

You are an award-winning writer/director and editor. Please tell me what inspired you to these roles?

I’ve always had high concept ideas, many of which I would…

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Asha Bajaj

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