College and Graduation Year: Wellesley College, 2013
Movies from Marlboro: Northern Borders (2012) script supervisor; Peter and John (2014) assistant editor
What she's up to: I'm currently working as a video editor for a documentary start-up in Dallas, Texas. The production team's very first documentary feature, The Frozen Theater, has just begun film festival application.
How Movies from Marlboro has impacted her education and/or career: Coming from a film history and theory background, I knew that academia was not going to be able to really teach me everything I needed to know about the production of a film. When I applied for the Movies for Marlboro program it was still in the pilot stages, brand new and without actual proof of a success rate, but I took a leap of faith and it honestly was the absolute right decision. The fundamental basis, the building blocks for working on set, working in post-production, working in film—I learned all of this on the film set of Norther Borders as the film's script supervisor. The "scripty" is usually a professional's position on set. Still, as a student, I pushed for it and ended up earning the necessary trust from both the director and the rest of the crew, and it really was the thing that allowed me to move on, with industry contacts, and eventually take on other professional jobs.
One piece of advice for future participants: Step up. Put yourself in the best place to learn as much as you can, but also remember it's not just about you. Being capable of working with the crew, as a unit—that's going to get you the best film you can make.
Also, ask questions—no filter. There isn't going to be a better time for you to ask questions, even if you think it's something you should already know.
Below: Anna in her role as "scripty" on Northern Borders, filiming a truck scene. Above, Anna conferring with other students on the set of Peter and John.