Sarah Rotella and Adrianna DiLonardo are the power duo behind The Gay Women Channel on Youtube. With over 250,000 subscribers on Youtube, these ladies are on the fast track. You may know their YouTube hit video Gay Women Will Marry Your Boyfriends, First Gay Hug, or you may know of their videos Pillow Talk Monday’s and Gay Women Wednesday’s. If not you should check out their channel: UnsolicitedProject
Sarah and Adrianna have something amazing in the works: their very own feature-length film. Almost Adults was funded through a Kickstarter campaign that exploded within the first twelve hours of Sarah and Adrianna launching the campaign. Almost Adults stars Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Justin Gerhard, and Winny Clarke. Almost Adults is a comedy feature that follows two best friends in their final year of college while they transition into adulthood. One embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while the other ends a long-term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planed. Both struggle to keep their friendship together as they begin growing apart. You can learn more about Almost Adults at their official webpage.
TNWU got a chance to interview Sarah and Adrianna about their channel, their Kickstarter campaign, and their first feature film Almost Adults.
What inspired The Gay Women Channel to be created?
We did a video called “Gay Women Will Marry Your Boyfriends” that went viral, which we never expected, and got a bunch of subscribers from that. Both of us are filmmakers, so we thought this was a great way to start creating content that we were interested in. It really grew from there.
Any challenges with working together? Biggest reward?
Adrianna: Sarah will probably disagree with me, but we’ve been working together since high school and we make ONE KICKASS team. We work really well together and I don’t think I could ever write anything ever again without having Sarah’s help or two cents.
Sarah: The biggest reward is definitely all the amazing scripts I get to shoot. For challenges, Adrianna makes people laugh, which makes our AD yell “quiet on set!” a heck of a lot.
When you first started making videos on YouTube, did you ever imagine you would make it this far as a duo?
S: Adrianna and I work so well together, that I don’t think we ever thought we would be making content without even a little bit of help from each other.
What has been your favorite project other than Almost Adults to create and work on?
A: Our very first web series called The Unsolicited Project. I personally (somewhat bias) think its hilarious. It was also so much fun to work on as most of our crew was made of up of friends. I want to do another season.
S: A short stop motion film I made called Bramula.
Where do you see each others endeavors taking them?
A: Sarah is either going to be the next David Fincher, or the future Mrs. Lawless.
S: Adrianna will have her own TV show, fact. She’s too talented not to.
What was your inspiration for Almost Adults?
A: The story is loosely based off a pilot I wrote about 4 gay characters living together in Chicago. When Sarah and I decided we wanted to shoot a movie, we thought that the idea from that pilot could work if we re-worked it a little. We decided to make it about two best friends because you don’t see a lot of films about best friends, never mind one being gay, and there is no romantic attraction between the two of them. I based the humour of the main characters (Cassie and Mackenzie) off myself and my sister.
A: For me, mainly it was just more re-writes and took more time. Writing for web series and YouTube videos I’ll do one pass, two max at the script because we are shooting them so quickly. Almost Adults I had time to actually rewrite scenes and get input from a lot of people to make it as best as I could.
S: Making sure I’m accurately expressing what’s inside my head.
Adrianna, which character was the hardest to write? Easiest? Can you give a hint about your favorite scene for Almost Adults so we can geek out harder over it when it is released?
A: The easiest character to write was Levi. I based him off of two different friends that I know. I barely had to change any of his dialogue during re-writes, my internal gay-man really helped with him. The hardest character to write was Cassie. She has a very sarcastic and dry sense of humour, and she’s grown up with two parents who are really tough on her. I wanted to make sure that she didn’t seem like she was just a bitch, but just this really strong, sarcastic girl that doesn’t take shit from anyone. My favourite scene, is the entire party scene, it’s the only part of the movie that is actually based off my real life experiences. The rest I just made up.
From both a writer and director standpoint, which character in Almost Adults is your favorite?
A: There’s a character named Aimee, who works with Cassie at an internship that she has. I love her she’s awful and hilarious.
What has it been like creating your first feature film? What has been the biggest challenge and surprises you’ve encountered so far going from shorter videos to a full length feature film?
S: We recently compiled all the credits and when I saw the list I thought “did that many people really work on this movie?” It’s been an amazing experience.
Almost Adults has been the first feature film for not only you but some of your cast as well. What has the experience been like?
A: This was honestly the most fun I’ve ever had on set. Of course I can say this because I was the writer and came to set and did nothing but make life harder for Sarah and everyone else. But actually the cast and crew were so awesome, and hard-working and dedicated that we just had a blast. It’s also nice to make your first feature film with friends and people you know.