We recently sat down for an interview with one of Russia’s most prominent and talented Filmmakers. Oxana Yatsenko is a force to be reckoned with. Here is what she shared with Celebrity Talk Australia:
Hi Oxana, please tell us a little about yourself and when you first got into Filmmaking:
Hi everyone, my name is Oxana Yatsenko and I’m from Moscow, Russia. The first time I got into production is when I came to Los Angeles and began to study. From the first day we started to shoot everything, it has been a crazy whirlwind. Everyone in this town is doing something creative. As a filmmaker, you help to produce movies, then once you are done, you are already getting a call from someone else who needs your help.
Who were some of your inspirations growing up?
My main inspiration is always my parents. I learned from them how to be happy and how to deal with hard times in your life. Seeing them achieving their goals always pushed me to got for mine and without having any doubts.
What kind of training have you had if any?
I graduated from New York Film Academy from MFA Filmmaking. The campus is based in Los Angeles, so you immediately start to get the Hollywood vibe.
What has been one of your biggest achievements or career highlights, as a Filmmaker?
The thesis project I produced made it to the world famous Cannes Short Film Corner, so that was pretty incredible.
What has been one of your favorite productions to work on so far and why?
I have a lot favorite productions, but everything depends on the people you work with and in the end it makes your day better or worse. Every time when I’m part of a great team, that particular production goes to my favorite list.
What is your ideal film genre to work on and why?
My ideal genre to work on would be dramas and thrillers, they are my favorites. Like any movie that’s close to our lives, I think it touches the heart usually more than others. Most of us have a certain amount of drama in our lives and we always want to get a thrill out of life. We are all mixed with emotions and I love to be a part of these type of projects, that reflect this.
What would be your ideal collaboration in the film world?
I would love to work with Wes Anderson, his work is always unique, the world, the characters. I would like to be a part of his team and witness how the beauty and fascinating stories come alive.
What is your advice to aspiring filmmakers?
The only person you can rely on is yourself. So never give up and always stay truthful to yourself!