Importance of Women Behind the Camera

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Importance of Women Behind the Camera (3:07)

“There’s never been a better time to come into these industries as a female. The stories have not been told. All of the women of the world, all of the women from different cultures, and all of the women from different economic backgrounds, socioeconomic backgrounds, they all have a different perspective. It’s time for young women to make their voices heard. Not through a man’s eyes, but through women’s eyes.”

Video Transcript

There’s a huge opportunity for girls who want to be a producer, director, writer in this entertainment industry. There’s not enough girls out there, and I think the voices of young women need to be heard.

There’s only been one female director that’s won an Oscar and zero female cinematographers. In order to really, fully understand each other through storytelling, we need more female perspectives.

Our authentic voices aren’t heard. There are a lot of men who are writing roles for us.

When I was younger, I didn’t see a lot of possibilities. When I started to see role models who showed me that I could dream bigger, and then when I really started to say to myself, “What do I love?” and what I loved was storytelling, and when it occurred to me that I could make a living somehow, working in movies, was one of those glorious moments. And then it was just like, how do I make it happen?

There’s never been a better time to come into these industries as a female. The stories have not been told. All of the women of the world, all of the women from different cultures, and all of the women from different economic backgrounds, socioeconomic backgrounds, they all have a different perspective. It’s time for young women to make their voices heard. Not through a man’s eyes, but through women’s eyes.

There are going to be obstacles and there are also going to be people who try to get you down, and just know that if you keep pushing forward, then those things will pass. And also, you can overcome those trials and tribulations.

Trust yourself and believe that who you are is someone that’s worth watching and someone that’s worth listening to and someone whose story is worth hearing. If you’re someone who wants to be a storyteller, you have to believe in your own story.

We are really good storytellers, and I think we have very great attention to detail. And I feel we can add a lot more to the story, just visually.

The ways in which you can influence change and new voices, new stories in this industry is so far reaching. There’s so much potential.

The world needs to hear from a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds, and women and girls especially. You need to create that world that you want to see on the screen. And so make sure you go out there and you tell your own stories, you foster your own voice, and don’t let anyone else take that from you.

When someone says that you can’t do something, it should only feed or fuel the fire, the passion within your heart that makes you know that you can.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about the importance of women’s voices in the film industry.

Classroom Lesson Plan

Did you know that most of your favorite movies and TV shows are made by men? Role models in this video share about the importance of including more women in the film industry and why it’s so crucial to have women and girls’ voices heard on film.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

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Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: In this “What Would You Say?” activity, you are challenged to respond to people’s negative opinions about women and girls in the film industry. Sometimes, just being prepared to confront an obstacle can help you overcome it.