Filmmaker Feature: Cornelia Hanes

by Jan 11, 2024Cinema Life Featured Filmmakers0 comments

Name: Cornelia Hanes
Discipline: Actor & award-winning filmmaker
Film: Anaconda
Logline: Four new friends share a hotel room in Reno, uptight Annie finds herself in an awkward situation & must find a solution before her new crush notices.
Festival(s): Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta
City you’re based in: Los Angeles
Short Bio: Cornelia Hanes, the multi-talented Stockholm-born actor, writer, and producer, is thrilled to announce the release of her debut film, “Anaconda,” now available for streaming on Omeleto, YouTube’s premier channel for award-winning films. After an impressive run in the film festival circuit, garnering multiple awards and nominations, this much-anticipated comedy short is now accessible to a global audience.
Website: www.corneliahanes.com
Social Media Links: IG @corneliahanes and @anacondathemovie
Favorite Quote: “Change The Way You Look At Things, And The Things You Look At Change.”
Interests/ Hobbies: I’m also a fitness and health coach, so I love moving my body, whether that’s lifting weights, hiking, or skiing. And I love cooking! Italian cuisine is my favorite.

How did you get started in the Film Industry?
I’m originally from Sweden and started my career on stage in New York. When I moved to LA a few years ago, I started working as a PA, an Associate Producer, and also started doing Stand-Up. I quickly realized I wanted to become a filmmaker and wrote ANACONDA during the pandemic.

What are your upcoming and active projects?
I acted in a horror film earlier this summer, and I’m currently writing my next short as well as my first pilot.

What type of stories interest you and why?
I’ve always been drawn to stories of women who embrace their real, vulnerable, and imperfect selves. ‘Anaconda’ mirrors this philosophy. This film is about accepting our imperfections and understanding the beauty in our humanity. I want this film to remind viewers of the charm of being imperfect, and I want to see more of that.

What is your genre of choice?
Comedy.

How are you creating a path for yourself in this industry?
I’m an actor who’d I’d always been curious about making my own projects, and frankly, I was tired of waiting for auditions and the “right role,” so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I wrote the script during the pandemic, the industry was extra slow, and I wanted to keep my creative spark alive. I think it’s extremely valuable for actors to make their own projects; you get a completely different understanding of the craft and what goes on the other side of the table. It truly takes a village to make a movie. I’m equally as passionate about being an actor as I am about being a filmmaker, and I can’t wait to make my next project.

What inspires you as a storyteller?
Self-acceptance and radical honesty! I love making people laugh, and I appreciate humorous takes on embarrassing and awkward events that can bring laughter to others.

How do you prep for a film, from writing to being on set?
Preparation is critical, as is having clear communication of your vision with your team. I make sure we have a lot of meetings and clarity before being on set so that everything can run as smoothly as possible.

What are a few lessons you’ve learned from your recent project(s)?
Budgeting, especially for post-production and festival submissions, was a significant challenge. Each phase presented unique hurdles, but it was a journey of learning and growth. I didn’t expect this experience to be perfect or go smoothly all the time, but the only way to learn and grow is to throw yourself into it. I think having an open mind and giving yourself grace around that is super important for enjoying the process, even when it’s challenging.

What practical tips do you have for indie filmmakers (budgeting, marketing, directing)?
Seed & Spark is a great platform to help you with your crowdfunding process, as is surrounding yourself with people who have more experience than you. Perfection is a creativity killer and an illusion; embrace the messy process – it’s where the magic happens.

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