As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions to director Yasmine Gomez about her short film, TERRA COTTA.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

TERRA COTTA was created as part of Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Film Shootout, where we were given the task of making a 5 minute short film with the theme “Now you see me…” The film was inspired by a few of our experiences apartment hunting in San Francisco, and how groups can create and enforce their own cultural norms.

2. Any challenges or setbacks during the production?

Writing, directing, and editing a short film in 3 days was a challenge in itself. We got very little sleep and had to make decisions quickly. Shooting in a small 1-bedroom New York apartment was also pretty difficult which explains a lot of the tight shots.

3. Any funny stories from the making of this film?

The terra cotta warrior was originally a goat in Samantha Chanse’s original script. I told her I had this statue from a trip to China years ago, and so the goat was replaced. The warrior ended up being pretty symbolic in representing the characters in the story.

I also almost got trapped when I had to operate a freight elevator to pick up a dolly in Brooklyn. It was quite the welcome to NY filmmaking since I had just moved from San Francisco at the time.

4. Where has your film played? Festivals or other places around the world?

TERRA COTTA took the awards for Grand Prize Winner, Best Director, and Best Actress for the 2011 72 Hour Film Shootout. It has
also screened at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, DisOrient Asian American Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. It will also screen at NewFilmmakers New York on January 30th at the Anthology Film Archives.

5. What’s been going on with you, filmmaking wise since the completion of this short? What are you working on next?

Since TERRA COTTA, I’ve been focused more on producing — J.P. Chan’s first feature A PICTURE OF YOU and Cherien Dabis’s short film NOT ANOTHER WORD, part of ITVS’s new WOMEN & GIRLS NARRATIVES collection, are both currently in post-production. I’m also continuing to freelance produce commercial projects and looking to get back into directing as well.


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