I'm going to open with a somewhat obvious statement: Women make up roughly 50 percent of the world population. But when it comes to Hollywood, and frankly many other industries, we don't see those numbers reflected. Women In Film, an organization promoting increased roles for women within the entertainment industry, is trying to shed light on this issue through comedy.
You know when it's 10 pm and you're scrolling through your Facebook feed in bed, double chin and all, and you see a meme that is so hilarious because it's true, then it makes you sigh in pain? That's how I felt when I watched "Diva Director." The moment that really got me was when the male director asked for more fill light and the female gaffer ignored the request, only completing the task once an eyeroll and reluctant nod was given from the director of photography. I've experienced this kind of unprofessional behavior before, more times than I can even remember to count. At this point, I'm shocked if my idea is listened to and executed without it being questioned, ridiculed, or completely ignored. I'm sure plenty of other women (and men too) have learned to deal with it as well. But the fact is we shouldn't have to. Also, please stop winking at us.
One of the things that's so great about Women in Film is they are not shouting from the rooftops about being treated unfairly. They're using their skills and showing the issue in a comedic way. I'm sure there will be some people who don't get it or maybe even some women who've not experienced it. Just because you don't personally understand an issue doesn't mean it's not happening or trying for those who have. This isn't an issue that is going to change overnight, and I am not saying that producers and directors should hire someone based off of their gender. But as a whole (filmmaking in particular), sets should really learn to be respectful towards everyone, and we should hold everyone accountable for their behavior regardless of gender. It would make set life so much more bearable. Comedy is a great way to open up discussion about these issues. Writer Ally Iseman was happy to see how both men and women wanted to be involved in the project:
Both women and men wanted to help get this project made. The way we all came together really showed us what the future looks like: inclusive.
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