My Call to Action Project

It’s been an embarrassing amount of time since I’ve published anything on here and I am so angry at myself for not sticking with a regular post schedule. I was so happy after my last few posts got so much traffic I wasn’t sure if I would be able to write anything as interesting or beneficial to the outside world. I’m still not sure if I can, but all I can do is share my outlook on things from my small corner of the world. I do have some posts in queue ready to be uploaded but I wanted to very quickly share one of my projects I just completed, that you can watch right here.

For my editing concepts class, our final project was to make an experimental film. I chose to do a single-frame editing style (basically putting in 15 to 30 frames in each second). So, following my rising ambition and personal attachment to the film industry and the women in it, I chose to make a short film showcasing female characters in movies released between 2010 and 2015. I took two screenshots from every well known movie I could find and edited together a fifteen second sequence flashing those talented actresses across the screen.

I wasn’t sure I liked how the project ended, so I decided to take it a step further and break down how many of the films I chose in those five years (108 films) were directed by women. Twelve. 12. One Two. Twelve of those films had a female director. I wish I could say I was surprised, but with each film I looked up I was more surprised when I saw a woman’s name. It also brought such a strong sense of pride, especially for the films I didn’t know were led by a woman.

Another thing I did notice and was appalled at was the lack of roles for women of color. The more movies I was looking at, the more frustrated I was at the huge lack of diversity. It reminded me immediately of Viola Davis’s Emmy speech this past year: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else, is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” I always knew there was a line between white women and women of color in the entertainment industry, but doing this project opened my eyes to that even more.

If nothing else, this project was a huge act of motivation for me. I want to make important movies, movies for everyone, movies that include everyone, movies that touch people’s hearts and open their minds. I want the number of female directors to rise and I want the number of Oscar nominations for women (and men) of color to be more than they are today. I want to help change the film industry and I’ve never been more motivated than now to do that.



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