Based on, you know – life.
We’ve all waited for ‘the one’. The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.
The original concept was a London-centric, female protagonist driven show, that explores the emotional and physical journey of a young woman having a second coming of age, as she embarks on creating her vision of life. To explore that period in your life when you have freedom, passion, energy and a creeping awareness of time passing.
Initially with the short film there was the challenge of working on a script that was predominantly narration, it meant there was a great opportunity to create visual moments and to explore the different characters through improvisation. We were outrageously lucky with our cast, every actor was completely open to improvising with dialogue and sexual positions!
I have always been inspired by the eclectic and quirky worlds created by Pedro Almodovar, alongside the raw and real realities of Jose Luis Cuerda, Pawel Pawlikoski, Andrea Arnold and Isabel Coixet. All these directors maintain the magic while dealing with genuine human emotions and that is what we want to explore with Annie Waits. We want to develop a show helps us feel connected, while not being too far-fetched, that deals with real issues while elevating them to a place that allows us to find the humour and the heart in them.
Our colour palette reflect’s Annie’s character; she is spirited, experimental and vibrant. The music also emulates the rhythm and pace of London and Annie’s life, adding another layer to the movement of the film.
The inspiration for the opening scene, where Annie is having a mild panic attack caused by the anxiety of the party, was taken from a very stylised piece of film about the world through the eyes of someone with agoraphobia. We then punctuated the short with moments like this to give it that same heightened feeling from Annie’s point of view. For the opening we enriched the hues and played with the camera speed. We also used the same slow-mo technique when the men are ‘getting serious’ and talking about ‘the future.’ For those moments we used extreme close ups and distorted the sounds to create the feeling of nervousness and increasing panic.