A good film is entertaining but deep, and it forces you to think for yourself. Anne Kennedy hopes to start making them with De Novo Productions, a company she recently founded in lieu of heading to college. The 19-year-old aspiring filmmaker shared more about diving right in.

A good film is entertaining but deep, and it forces you to think for yourself. Anne Kennedy hopes to start making them with De Novo Productions, a company she recently founded in lieu of heading to college. The 19-year-old aspiring filmmaker shared more about diving right in.

I graduated in 2008 from Upper Arlington High School. I took a year off to check out film schools. It's amazing who you can talk to. What most people say is that if someone asks what school you went to, it's usually the 10th or 20th question.

I visited the Los Angeles Film School. My dad and I figured out it would be $80,000 a year for me to go there. So what we decided was why can't I spend a few thousand dollars to start my own thing, kind of skip the school dealio and jump into the film industry myself?

I've worked in film since I was 16. In high school, I was doing internships. There's been a few short films that I've produced or helped produce. In everything that I do, I always learn something.

Ever since I was little, me and my cousin had a VHS camera and would shoot random stuff. There was this one tiny camera we had that would only shoot 30 seconds worth of footage. We would film, put it in the computer and go back and forth.

In high school, we had to do this survey on what you should go into for college. I wouldn't fit into anything. Nothing sounded interesting. I guess I turned my hobby, my passion, into a career.

What I've found is that it's really all about experience and what you can do. My personality is to do something and then figure out I don't like it. Filming just kind of stuck.

With De Novo, my dad is supporting me 100 percent. He owns his own business. My office is directly across from his mechanic's shop, so we help each other out. It's really nice to have family be literally right across from me.

At first, I'll start off small. Divide and conquer. The company's only four or five people, but it's enough to get it off the ground.

Something interesting about me is that I have completely flat feet. When I don't wear shoes, it actually looks like my feet were broken and I just didn't heal them correctly. Also, I never learned how to swim.

The best advice I've ever received is from my dad. He told me, "If you keep doing what you're doing, you're gonna keep getting what you're getting." I know people who don't change, and when they get bad results, they blame other people.

My favorite thing about Columbus is how open people are to helping other filmmakers in the community. A lot of people don't see it like that because it's a competitive industry. People here are like, "Oh, you want to do this? I'll have you come with me."

Three things I can't live without are movies, my cell phone and family.

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