Positive Romantic Comedy Film Tackles Sexual Harassment of Women Themes
ANNALIESE! ANNALIESE! The Backstory Webisodes is the story of a beautiful millennial woman who hates men for all the right reasons. To avoid men when her trust fund runs out, she decides she's going to be a nun, even though she's not religious.
The overarching story and scripts come from veteran indie movie producer and Hollywood script consultant, Stan Williams, of Novi, Michigan. Williams explains, "When we finished the feature screenplay, we had the same problem faced by every other filmmaker. Although we had written ANNALIESE! ANNALIESE! as an ultra-low budget movie, we still didn't have enough money to make it."
It was then that the filmmakers realized they had an opportunity. As Williams tells it, the feature script was implicitly rich with funny scenes about Annaliese's backstory and the reasons she hated men so much. "She was beautiful and she had brains, and although the harassment and abuse was not funny, how she dealt with it was—she didn't accept it, she fought it, and so confidently we came to love her for it."
So, Williams and his creative team decided to produce a few short films about Annaliese's backstory. But when they were done they realized they had what is technically known as a featurette (a film longer than 40 minutes but shorter than a full-length movie). That's when they decided to premiere the project at a theater and launch the crowd funding campaign for the movie at the same time.
Williams made his mark both in Michigan as an award-winning documentary producer who produced and directed hundreds of projects for industry and non-profits. He is also the author of a popular Hollywood trade book on story and screenplay structure that resulted in him working personally with Will Smith on over a dozen major Hollywood films. The book is The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success. (www.MoralPremise.com)
ANNALIESE! Information and Trailers: http://annaliesethemovie.com/
Full Length Press Release with Production Notes: http://annaliesethemovie.com/