This is what I googled to figure out what to write about for this week's post. I've had a big case of writer's block this week so I was trying to see what could have inspired a post. After a few hours of not finding anything of substance I unwittingly typed in filmmaking crap. And all of a sudden, a post was born.
The first thing that comes up when you google that is this article: Three Tactics On How To Make Money In Filmmaking. While I agree with most of it, I must say I cannot agree on the wording about how you want your movie out there for people to see, but don't care about the money. Let me preface: there are absolutely some people who really do want that, which the author of this article talks about. However, where I differ from him is that, for a first feature made on a shoestring budget, you DO want people to see the movie. You DO want it out for the public. And (hopefully) you DO know it probably won't make you a millionaire.
In my opinion and experience, here's why you want your first feature to be seen: it's essentially a proof of concept that you can go from pre-production through post, secure distribution, and have a quality product that the general public can view. This proof of concept is unbelievably important when going in for financing and distribution for your next project. Having that first feature done and having eyes on it has so much value; I can't say it enough. When walking into a room and being able to say you have that movie streaming, you suddenly get taken more seriously. And it opens more doors for you.
NEXT on the google "filmmaking crap" search... a lot of negative looking articles.
I mean, I did type in filmmaking crap. What should I expect?
And then on page 2, I came across this: Shit People Say To Women Directors
I read a few of the submissions and didn't need to keep going. I know this realm quite well. It runs rampant through the industry. While some people are becoming more aware of it, I haven't seen a big change.
If you've seen any of my previous interviews or Instagram posts, you'll know I'm passionate about getting more women on set; what you see is possible is what you become. You'll also know another thing from those channels: I do not tolerate any form of harassment on set, and my team knows it. While I do have many guys on the crew I work with, none of them have ever crossed any lines or even come close to it, and for that I am always grateful that I have respectful men on my team.
Now this is, without a doubt, filmmaking crap. And it has to end.
See here's the thing: women have to demand equality and fairness and to be taken seriously for doing the same thing that a man is doing. I know this because I've lived it. I've also seen a man do the same job and never had to worry about harassment, he just lived his life, did his job, and had fun. He didn't have to demand anything. You can read more about that here.
Look at this bullshit...
Please read that headline again. SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS PART OF THE JOB.
UM. NO. IT SHOULD NOT BE.
If you do a quick google search, you can find hundreds of articles like this. Most of them from 2015 - today. And while Hollywood is trying to start initiatives to make women more visible in the industry, there is still the longest of roads to go before it gets there.
I encourage you to do some reading up. Meanwhile, I'll be over here employing women on set in power positions.