Short Biography and Skills
Hannah Anderson is a Bay Area independent filmmaker who recently completed her MFA degree in Cinema. She also previously received her Bachelors in Cinema with an emphasis in animation. She has worked on both documentary films and fictional narratives and enjoys many aspects of filmmaking including, but not limited to directing, art direction, videography, editing and screenwriting. Her first film, In Shadows, won the Robin Eickman Cinema Student scholarship and was a Departmental Nominee for the Kodak scholarship. Films that influence and inspire her visual style and storytelling range from The Cabinet of Dr. Callagari, 8 1/2, Experiment in Terror, The Valley of Gwangi, Sabata and Dr. No.
Hannah has a thorough knowledge of Mac computer systems. She is skilled in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Flash, HTML, CSS, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Keynote. She is also proficient with DSLR cameras and currently uses the Canon 5D Mark III for both photography and videography. Hannah also recently gained valuable experience using the Canon C100 Mark I while shooting a documentary, Echoes of an Ensemble: The Alexander String Quartet, for two weeks in Poland in collaboration with the DocFilm Institute.
Besides influences from my past experiences, I have found that film history greatly influences me as an artist and has allowed me to make more informed decisions. I discovered film styles that particularly resonate with me today from my studies of film history, German Expressionism and the blending between Italian Neorealism and Art Cinema (more specifically films by Federico Fellini). What fascinates me about German Expressionism, a highly stylistic film movement, is the way in which the mise-en-scène highlights the significance of the mind in relation to reality. This was also an idea that was cultivated in many of Federico Fellini’s films, the idea that dreams and imagination are a significant part of life, not necessarily having a definitive line between the two. In most of my films I use the story, production design and effects to question this relation between reality and the imagination, which I intend to explore further.
I am still exploring and defining my style as a filmmaker and I’m certain this will be an ongoing journey. My goal as a filmmaker is simply to share the thrill I find in filmmaking with others. Filmmaking is an adventure that gives me sheer joy. I find that the process of conceiving an idea, conjuring up inspiration to share with my crew and audiences, a meaningful and infinitely rewarding experience.