YouTube short film enthusiast Anna Akana has released yet another amazing short - 'Emergency call'. The thriller is the third film Akana has released this year. The actress has promised to release a total of 12 short films in 2014!
'Emergency Call' was Written by Megan Rosati and Directed by Anna Akana.
By: Jaaziel Job
Riley Rewind is a recently released 5 part web series directed by Ray William Johnson. The modern day
sci-fi drama revolves around a time-travelling high school student Riley Brown, who tries to save a school mate from committing suicide. The character is played by the writer of the series; Anna Akana. While the series is said to be entirely fictional, Akana admits that a lot of it was inspired by real life experiences.
“….I wanted to write fiction, and act as someone other than
Anna Akana - Riley
Lamar Legend - JAY
Leanna Spear - GAIL
Casandra van Dongen - Kara
Christina Marie Leonard - Angela
Eric Braun - Trevor
Trevor Dow -Quinn
Scott Higgins -Jimmy
Ray William Johnson - Mr Osbourne
Well done, Runway Machine! An amazing production with a superb cast! 5 stars, without a doubt!
LTL had the opportunity to interview Anna Akana - the brains behind Riley Rewind! Here’s our exclusive with the LA based actress:
How did you start out on YouTube
I initially started doing sketch with a few actor friends of mine. We wanted to keep acting (instead of sitting around waiting for auditions, or having 10 minutes on stage in acting class), so we created a sketch group that made quick, quirky videos.When the group broke up, I wanted to continue to act and write and build up a fan base, so I started doing sketches by myself. I learned how to clone myself on
screen and was able to continue on with my own channel.
Tell us more about Riley Rewind and what inspired this?
Riley Rewind is a 5 part series that I wrote about a time traveling high school girlwho tries to save a classmate from committing suicide. Initially it was inspired because I wanted to do more narrative content and storytelling. My videos are typically semi-autobiographical stories where I act out all the
parts. I wanted to write fiction, and act as someone other than myself. It wasn't until someone pointed out to me that it was obviously based on my sister [who committed suicide in 2007] that I realized it actually was.
You take your work and art very seriously, what motivates you to keep going?
My sister's death ultimately gave me the courage to pursue what I've always wantedto do. Youtube is a great social media tool for building up a fan base and a fun outlet, but the career I'm striving for is definitely TV/film. It was something my brother and sister and I have always wanted to do, but
entertainment seemed such an impossible goal. When she passed away, it was a wake up call. I dropped out of college and moved to LA.
Tell us more about some of the other projects you are doing?
Ray and I are working on our next project, which is currently in pre-production. Between auditions, I'm workingon a novel, which hopefully will see the light of day. But even if it doesn't, it's a great learning experience. Writing is a challenge, but I hope to get better at it and create some substantial roles for myself that don't involve an Asian accent or geeky glasses.
You recently released a raw video telling the world a very personal story about your younger sister. Was that hard?
I've been wanting to do it for a long, long time. I see a lot of suicide awareness videos and anti-bullying campaigns, but for some reason those never seem to hit home. I wanted to show the other side of suicide. What you could potentially beleaving behind. It was very hard. I had to edit it and upload it and cringe and hope that the world would enjoy it. But in the end, I decided it was the best thing to do. If it reached just one person, that would be fantastic.
What would you say is your most influential video to date?
Probably "Please Don't Kill Yourself". It's not my most popular, but it's definitely the
most real and honest video I will probably ever make.
You can catch Riley Rewind HERE!!
By: Jaaziel Job
I don't know if it's the secret feminist in me speaking but most of my favourite 'YouTubers' are female! I think my inclination towards this is my brain's natural defense mechanism to slapstick humour. The people I have chosen on this list are - witty, insanely talented, intelligent and most importantly very funny! They've managed to hold a good balance between being funny and making an actual point! I love them and I hope you do too!
Jenna Marbles - Boasting a total of 11 million subscribers, The 25 year old California based comedian needs no introduction! Jenna's videos are mostly comical vlogs and exaggerated skits. Unlike most young females in their 20s, the gorgeous Boston University alum isn't afraid to "ugly it out!". She's sarcastic, vulgar and such a joy to watch!
Anna Akana is not your average YouTube comedian - She is funny, intelligent and very passionate about her art. With more than 700, 000 YouTube subscribers; Anna's videos stir emotion and provoke thought! While many of her videos are about touchy topics like suicide, religion and sex, she manages to bring out these topics in the most light hearted and charismatic fashion.
Lily aka superwoman
Ontario native Lilly Singh - more commonly known as Superwoman has stirred up quite storm on YouTube. While a lot of her videos are 'Brown Humour', you can be assured that her content is good for everyone! The psychology major has clocked in a total of 136 million video views since her internet debut in 2011. She's is without a doubt, one the quirkiest and most versatile comedians out there!
lia marie johnson
You may have seen Lia Marie Johnson on the popular web series by the Fine brothers - 'Kids React'. What you probably don't know is that the 17 year old has a YouTube channel of her own. The channel has a good following of more than 500, 000 subscribers and 31 million YouTube views in total! A stellar achievement for a lady her age. The versatile teenager is a master of all traits! She is a singer, songwriter, actress, director, comedian and business woman! I'm rooting for this girl!
Natalie Tran is probably one of the most funniest comedians on YouTube! The Australian native, who was born to Vietnamese parents, has been doing this for 7 years! Her skits are engaging, well written and honest. While she may sometimes be on the receiving end of cruel and racist banter, she takes this with a pinch of salt! Natalie works hard for her loyal fans and viewers. The University of New South Wales - Digital Media graduate ensures her content is of 'YouTube partner' standard and nothing short of amazing! Her eloquence has allowed her to gather a worldwide fan base of over 1.5 million subscribers! With her superb material, I am just waiting at the edge of my seat for her next video!
iJustine is no stranger to the online world! She is the brains behind some of the best music video spoofs online. The incredibly talented YouTuber has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube and her videos have been viewed more than 305 million times! Impressive! The comedian is not one to hold back in her videos - from dancing at an Apple store to doing crazy skits with Shane Dawson, it is no surprise that she is continuously moving up the success ladder. With so much achievement under her belt, I am confident that iJustine will be around for many years to come.
That wraps up my list of favourite female YouTubers! Do you agree? Who are your favourite YouTubers?
Love Out Loud
Fall Out Boy
Set In Motion
Before You Exit
These Brittle Bones
Boys Like Girls
Hands Like Houses
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