There’s a well-known piece of advice that every writer has heard at least once: write what you know.
This idea seems to be bleeding over into all creative areas as more and more artists are becoming a do-it-yourselfer in the entertainment world.
Actress Kellyann Chippendale is one of these new crossover hybrids, who dives into exactly what she knows – the Meisner Technique – for her directorial debut short film, ‘Getting Meisnered’.
Kellyann developed the idea at the Playhouse West Film Lab and took the final cut to Monte Carlo where it earned ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Independent Spirit’ awards at the 2015 Monaco International Film Festival as part of the Angel Film Awards opening night.The film also earned a ‘Women Filmmakers’ award at IndieFEST in La Jolla, California; and received ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Actress’ awards at The San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival.
In this recent interview, Kellyann Chippendale shared more about her award winning short film ‘Getting Meisnered’.
Give us an overview of your short film ‘Getting Meisnered’.
KELLYANN CHIPPENDALE: One great teacher can change your whole life; empathy and non-judgement are the themes throughout two actresses’ journey of learning acting through the Sanford Meisner acting technique.
What inspired you to create the project?
KC: Studying Sanford Meisner’s technique as an actress; and also being a teacher and learning so much from all of my lifetime teachers.
What do you hope audiences take away from the film?
KC: To have empathy for one another and have dialogue to create understanding and peace amongst one another without judgement.
If we could waive a magic wand and go back — is there anything you would do differently as the director, writer and star of the film?
KC: I would have a bigger part! Lol.
Considering this was your debut as a director – the obvious question is: will you do it again?
KC: Yes, I hope to do a feature dealing with bipolar and the aftermath of losing someone to suicide.
As a result of the film, you’ve been commissioned to create a documentary – what can you tell us about that?
KC: The Monaco Film Festival was founded after 9/11 to promote peace and making quality films without violence. It is the only non-violent film festival in the world. I am making it about the history and this year’s current filmmakers and their vision for peace in their art. It will come from the point of view of an actor (me and my GM team) making their own way in Hollywood. Actually making your dreams come true.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
KC: Sanford Meisner is a deep artistic, talented real man who exhibited motivation, desire, and work ethic to not be “mediocre.”
Why is the most important word for an actor.–Sanford Meisner
To keep up with Kellyann Chippendale and ‘Getting Meisnered’ visit: www.kellyannchippendale.com