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INDIE FILM 4 U: How are you today?
ANNE: Very well, thank you.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What inspired you to embark on a career in film?
ANNE: Simply enough, I love movies. I was fascinated by acting. So, I started to look for classes, and I knew I needed a great teacher, someone that I could really learn a lot from, not just a six week acting class. I needed someone I could take a journey with. I think there is a quote out there that says something to the aspect of “Ask for the teacher, and the teacher will come”. I have been really lucky, to have had great teachers.
INDIE FILM 4 U: How would you define the actual role of a director?
ANNE: The visionary, the leader.. Hopefully someone who has a good combination of control and guidance. Too much control doesn't let an actors performance breathe. Let your actors surprise you, and leave a window open for the magic as they say. Just don’t let your vision be completed demolished by other people trying to take over.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What kinds of things do you study when watch films to apply to your own work?
ANNE: As an actor, I Iove watching a spontaneous performance. Just when you think you know what an actor is going to do, they surprise you with the unexpected. Its one of my absolute favorite things about acting, and I guess about life. My favorite actor is Anthony Hopkins. I've never met him, but I love watching his work. He takes you places. A journey.. As a director, and filmmaker I look at everything. I’m still new at this, so I have to be open to everything.
INDIE FILM 4 U: How do you prepare for a role and how often do you audition?
ANNE: (laughs) As an actor..Not enough! (laughs).. I wish I auditioned more. When I do though, I go over the script a thousand times if I have to. Casting, especially for television, can move very fast, and they want to see a performance.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What are auditions like?
ANNE: As an actor I will go out for everything that I can, even the free stuff. I don’t care, I have no hang ups about doing free work. If I am available, I’m there.
As a director, I know when someone has worked like crazy on my script. That’s the guy or girl I want to hire. If they can act, and really want to be there. Why wouldn’t I want to hire that person? I cast my last short film, using my gut, and every actor was a joy to be around. Also, I met actors at the audition that I really liked that I couldn't cast, but I kept their information.
INDIE FILM 4 U: We think your short film was one of the best we have seen this year, what do you think of most indie films?
ANNE: Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What indie films are you looking forward to this year?
ANNE: I want to see Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight” and Sarah Polley’s “Stories we tell.” Also, the BBC has lured me in with Downton Abbey. I am really into British Television right now. Thank you all for that. You guys really do amazing work.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What indie filmmakers would you like to work with?
ANNE: (laughs) Anyone who asks me. As I’ve said before, If you want me there, I’m there.
INDIE FILM 4 U: Do you plan on working with a Hollywood studio?
ANNE: As a director, sure eventually, I would welcome the opportunity to make a studio film. I love independent filmmaking, you can pretty much keep complete creative control over what you do. As for working for a Hollywood studio as an actor, I’m ready. Really ready.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What is the most creative thing you had to do under budgetary constraints?
ANNE: Oh boy! I’ve turned my home into a mini sound-stage, minus the soundproofing. We’ve held up filming for airplanes, fireworks, and loud crazy neighbors. My husband is worried about the amount of times we’ve painted the drywall in the kitchen.
INDIE FILM 4 U: Will you be submitting your film to film festivals, if so, why?
ANNE: Yes, I do submit to film festivals. I put everything I’ve done on the internet. Its free, so why not. Short films are a great place for the internet, and I can let everyone see what I’ve been up to right away.
INDIE FILM 4 U: What advice would you give to a young actor/filmmaker?
ANNE: The best advice I was given was to go out there, and “figure it out”. Your not going to figure out acting, or filmmaking in one day, or in one year. It doesn’t work that way, and there’s no fun in it. There’s always going to be frustrating times, but keep asking the questions and the answers will be revealed. When you’ve got some information piled up inside of you, “GO FOR IT”! I started acting by taking classes, and doing community theatre. I eventually worked my way up to Equity theatre.
As a director, I started in a UCLA writing class, while I was learning filmmaking. I sat in more seminars than I care to admit to, but I started to put everything together through them. Start by learning how to write a screenplay, It doesn’t have to be more than a one-page, and film that one page. I can’t tell you how great it was to make a film for the first time, but that’s something you’ll have to find out for yourself.....
INDIE FILM 4 U: Any last words?
ANNE: Stay open to everything and most importantly TRUST YOUR GUT. Instinct is everything! Things can get crazy, and you will get lost sometimes, but when I trust my instincts, they are never wrong.