The graph below shows the statistics just mentioned, as they have changed over the course of the past fourteen years. Fortunately, women in the industry seem to be gaining way as creators, writers and producers. I believe we have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (among many others) to thank for that one as 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation have been two of the largest television shows over the past 5 years. However, despite these growing numbers, women have yet to break a minor 40 percentage mark. And though the number of women in the categories on the left side of the graph seem to be growing at an "ok" rate, you'll notice that the right side isn't doing so well.
|Photo courtesy of 2013 Women in the U.S. Media Report|
So upon this recent research, I've decided to compile a list of women that not only inspire me as an impassioned editor/DP, but as a lover of film and most importantly, as a woman.
1. Lynne Ramsay
2. Andrea Arnold
A director that is often overlooked and unjustly so. Arnold's films are among the most beautiful ever made. The cinematography in Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights is absolutely stunning, and yet Arnold has remained true to the 1.33:1 aspect ratio making that 100x harder to accomplish. This has always amazed me and though I am a huge advocate of anamorphic, I entirely appreciate Arnold's personal touch. I believe she has a truly one of a kind vision when it comes to shooting a film and I can only aspire to make a film as visually breathtaking as one of hers.
3. Sofia Coppola
4. Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig & Amy Poehler
5. Sally Menke, Thelma Schoonmaker & Dede Allen
These are three of the greatest editors in the industry, and all three are women. Their work is outstanding and consists of Tarantino films, Scorsese films, and many others. Dede Allen was the editor on Bonnie and Clyde, which to this day has some of the most intricate editing for it's time. Their work is admirable, and though women make up only 13% of all editors, these women truly compensate for that. I can only hope to one day be in their shoes and have the opportunity to accomplish the same quality of work that these women have.