Anna Akana – https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnaAkana/featured – is an Asian actress, comedienne and filmmaker with a channel on YouTube that has – including myself – over one million subscribers. Her viewing figures are approaching the hundred million mark and she puts out opinionated and entertaining content on a regular basis. He monologues to camera, generally interspersed with snappy, comedic, skits are amusing and inspired. She tends to radiate a positive vibe, evident in most of her content output and monologues to camera.
As a fellow would be filmmaker, I am a supporter of her works and enjoy many of her skits. Unfortunately, what I am not loving are her short films and it hurts me to say that! Let me first say, they are not terrible. They do tend to be be overly female-centric (she knows a lot of women!) and mildly dramatic. They are well shot, edited and framed. The acting is good, though – and I am no actor – the material does not give them enough to invest in, so they generally look as though they are acting. Anna directs and mostly writes all of the films. She also tends to be in them; not always the star, but in them nonetheless. She also makes a LOT of films and content! In the past year alone she has made six shorts. Six. For anyone who makes films – especially as she also directs and appears in them – this is a lot, even if they are short films.
What is really disappointing is that pretty much every film is a good or great idea. I cannot help but feel that if she had taken more time work on the scripts and explored the ideas further, she probably would have made stronger, more resonant film by now. My hope is that in 2015 she paces herself a bit more, so that she might put out the great short film I am sure she is capable of creating.