Inspirations: A fan of “The Sopranos” for its “innovative camera work, dialogue and film style,” Anderson stresses the importance of films as well as series. “Cable and network can be real opportunities for filmmakers to do experimental films and make pieces that the big studios wouldn’t dare to,” she attests.
Influences: More influenced by film than television, Anderson lists Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese as her primary sources of inspiration. In the realm of television, “I love Mike Nichols’ work,” she says. “I think ‘Wit’ is one of the great TV movies that’s been made this year.” The late director Michael Ritchie, who worked in both film and television, also had a profound impact on Anderson’s career.
Moments: Although proud of every project, Anderson’s first film stands out in her mind. She believes that “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” was important because it “changed what could be put on television as far as satire is concerned.” Anderson also values her Emmy nominations and the Peabody Award she received for “The Baby Dance” in 1999.