Women DirectorsWhere Are You ?Cora KnowlesMarch 4, 2013Orcutt Academy High SchoolFrosh Core
Fun FactAccording to a surveythat Professor MarthaLauzen of San DiegoState University tookin 2008, only 9% ofdirectors in Hollywoodare female which isthe same percentagethat she recorded in1998.
What is the Publics Knowledge?02468101220% 72% 9% 0%What is the percentage of female directors inHollywood?Data from self-generated online survey. Take Survey Now!
Do you ever wonder whythere aren’t as many womendirectors as men directors?
DiscouragementOften times womendirectors are discouragedfrom directing.
Discouragement fromthe StartLauren Ludwig ofAFI DirectingWorkshop forWomen believes thatmany times in filmschool women areoverlooked andsometimes evendiscouraged fromdirecting.
Survey ResultsTrue56%False44%Many women are discouraged formfilm school. True or False?Data from self-generated online survey. Take Survey Now!
“No one asks you to direct; you need to just standup and declare: ‘Im a director.’ Start doing it. Writea script, pick up a camera, figure it out. Directing isa multidisciplinary art form. So take writing classes,take acting classes, learn cinematography, organizea group of people, even if its just on a trip to In-N-Out. You need to be comfortable taking charge andtrusting your instincts. Put yourself in situationswhere youre forced to do that. And just keepshooting movies. Even short, no-budget ones. Its theonly way to learn. And learning is the only way tobuild a career.” - Lauren Ludwig
RejectionMany women are turned downfor the chance to direct afeature film just because theyare woman.
Credentials? What are those?Women directors areoften turned downno matter theircredentials or theirexperience withfilming.
“There was the story of the female presidentof a major studio who said ‘No woman over40 could possibly have the stamina to directa feature film.’ Ive heard people say that thekinds of films they want to make are toobig, too tough for a female director.” –Martha Coolidge, director of Rambling Roseand Real Genius.
Women DirectorsHere are some examples offamous women directors whoare over the age of 40.
Kathryn Bigelow, age 61,director of The Hurt Locker
Catherine Hardwicke, age 57,director of the first Twilight
Nora Ephron, who was 71 ather death in 2012, director ofJulie and Julia
What is the Publics View onWomen Directors?01234567None Should GetMore CreditMore Capable MoreCreativeWhat is you opinon on women directorsData from self-generated online survey. Take Survey Now!
The numbers of female directors in the filmindustry is small, just 9% of directors arewomen. The two of the main reasons thenumber is so small is of discouragementand rejection.
Women shouldn’t have to take the put-downsand the sexual remarks. Women do havethe stamina and strength to direct and filma hit movie. Woman directors need to take astand and fight for their right as anindividual in America.
Works CitedCochrane, Kira. "Why are there so few female directors?" 31 January 2010.The Guardian. 30 January 2013<http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jan/31/female-film-makers>.Meyncke, Amanda Mae. "Long Way Left To Go: Women Directors Face UphillBattle in Hollywood." 5 September 2012. The Huffington Post. 30 January2013 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/turnstyle/long-way-left-to-go-women_b_1858982.html>.Williams, Laurene. "Top 10 Reasons There Are So Few Female Directors."12 February 2010. The Wrap. 30 January 2013<http://www.thewrap.com/movies/blog-entry/top-10-reasons-why-there-are-so-few-female-directors-14163>.Zogbi, Marina. "Top 10 Female Directors in Hollywood." 10 March 2010.Movie Fone . 6 February 2013<http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/03/10/best-female-directors-in-hollywood/>.
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