Filmmakers Have to be MALE

Filmmakers Have to be MALE

Let’s talk about gender in film.
Reference Videos:

Research:
http://annenberg.usc.edu/pages/~/media/MDSCI/Inclusion%20in%20the%20Directors%20Chair%202117%20Final.ashx
http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016_Celluloid_Ceiling_Report.pdf
https://psmag.com/social-justice/the-original-six-and-history-hollywood-sexism
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-dollar-and-cents-case-against-hollywoods-exclusion-of-women/

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49 thoughts on “Filmmakers Have to be MALE

  • February 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm
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    Equality is bullshit. Life is unfair. It has to do with testosteron. Doing shit. Females would fuck up the industry if they were running it.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    It all snowballed from the first civilizations, thousands of years ago, these civilizations had naturally developed ‘roles’ which got even more complex over the years. There are a lot of prejudice and stereotypes towards women and men, they all have their origins. Today, these pre-assigned gender roles are blurring and converging, which makes a lot of sense in this day and age, equality will happen. I think the only thing you want to be careful of is the pointing of a finger and a sort of attack attitude as this can be polarizing and slow down progress (I’m not talking about addressing the topic itself!). If we simply started thinking in ‘humans’ only, we should be just fine (much more difficult than it sounds). Remember that we are all brought up and conditioned with certain stereotypes and gender roles. It all depends on where and how you grow up, who’s around you and what you’re exposed to. It’s not with the snap of a finger that all this conditioning and these stereotypes vanish. Even if you think of yourself as someone who doesn’t assign stereotypes, you have definitely had times where you did prejudge someone based on what they looked like. It is the acknowledgement and thinking/talking about this that will allow for change. And this simply takes different amounts of time for each individual.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    Well said

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    I’m one of those females who watch your videos!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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    Female filmmaker = extreme advantage

    If I could switch to a female I would for this reason

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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    This may seem really selfish but I like the fact that there are only a few female directors. Because then if I do become a director I will feel more special.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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    I’m interested in filmmaking and i noticed this too no girl in my school like filmmaking! It’s really hurts me and in my country "Egypt" sees that films aren’t useful and wasting the time so i’m suffering to protect my dream

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm
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    I’m determined to be a filmmaker anyway, female or not. I’m determined to be one of those female role models for the future of filmmaking.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm
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    The answer to discrimination isn’t just to flip it over to the other side.
    The answer is time. We are now starting to see more and more female directors.
    And that is great and by the logic of this video even more will come from this.
    Soo lets encourage them to do so and in a few years things will change in a positive light.
    You can’t expect something like that to change over night.
    Just don’t lose hope 🙂

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    i don’t like women

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm
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    I think it’s an interesting point of view, but i strongly disagree in the last part. We shouldn’t force ourselves to achieve the 50/50. What we should achieve is hiring the most qualified people, without questioning their gender. That is, in my point of view, the way to enter equal oportunities for both sides. We mut work hard in order to be succeded, and complaining is essencial when it comes to justice. Yes, ok people are investing less in female characters and female workers,… but the way to change it is to offer them the chance to compete equally with men, not by straight hiring them, but to make them build an equally impressive portfolio, cv, or wtv. That’s the way I want to participate in this industry, as a woman, and most important, as an individual. And not because there are 51% or 100% jobs filled by males in the área who may be clearly better than me.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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    There is a project named Girls film wich take place in Iceland. There comes lots of girls from different places of Europe and then they make short films in little gropes. That project is to courage girls to make more films. I was there and it was quite nice to learn about movies and that kind of stuff.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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    I hope for equal and unbiased gender representation in the media industry, because i dont want female to be included only out of pity, but out of excellence and competence

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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    any other girls out there that also wanna pursue a career in film?

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I don’t understand why people care… I really don’t. It’s like complaining most house painters have dark skin color. Does it really matter if the house gets painted? Would it look different had it been done by someone else? Will women make better films than men? Does the industry literally block women from making films? How did those women get there then?

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    I just wish I lived closer to you to work with you

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm
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    I’m a bit late, but I direct films in Arizona and always have extremely capable women on my crew. My DP Paulie is a phenomenal filmmaker and we’ve had this conversation plenty of times. The sad reality is that the majority of men in the film industry aren’t willing to allow women to have the same opportunities because they don’t think they can handle it as quickly and effectively.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:53 pm
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    I am a FEMALE from india and I m fully devoting myself to be a good film maker.. I loving to do that…..

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    I applaud you, sir. Fantastic video. As a woman pursuing a career in film (and in the south of the U.S I may add) seeing this was very refreshing and affirming. Thank you so much for using your platform to speak out about the unfortunate inequalities of the industry. This added fuel to my fire in the best way!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    If you think of every profession in the world, which areas are 50 / 50 split? Runway models in France might be more women, mechanics in Italy might be more men, Nurses in Canada might be more women, Chefs in America might be more men, Flight attendants might be more men, etc. After combing over every aspect of life — in the entire world — why is no area 50 / 50? BECAUSE THE WORLD DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. It’s unnatural to have anything 50 / 50. Why should Directors be any different?

    Once you go down this road, you become Pol Pot, and the final result is 2 million people dead (in the name of equality). This is the first step: Why isn’t this area of life 50 / 50 — let’s make it that way. 

    To answer the next question: We don’t want 50 / 50, but just more women. I say, who is going to determine the number?

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm
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    Show this to people who say the oscars aren’t diverse

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm
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    I’m a guy. Thanks for highlighting this. Life is so much more interesting with different view points.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    Girls

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:04 pm
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    Thank you! This is just great. My nieces are both preparing to get in to the working world and it terrifies me that their options are already stifled before they even begin an endeavor. Be it film making or anything else, your approach and truthful acknowledgement of your contribution to the problem and solution is meaningful.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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    This is a very simple idea, but I believe a component of this entire conundrum is the fact that movies with more action – more "testosterone" so to speak, tend to sell better to the masses rather than niche audiences. Obviously this correlation is self evident in regards to traditional gender roles; it also explains then perhaps why male dominated movies tend to get higher budgets (and thus are more plentiful) as you mentioned.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    Amazing video! so glad i found this. You should check out the blog ‘sh*t people say to women directors’. It’s pretty anecdotal but it gives a sense of the kind of attitude the film industry has. I would love to see some more strong female characters in film!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    If you need someone as a role model to do something then I don’t think you are as passionate as those that do it without one. I find it odd that people are happy to fight for places in certain "male" dominated areas but not others. Places like oil rigs, fishing, garbage collecting and underwater welding, they have a much higher male occupancy but also a much higher death rate. You also do not see people advocating for more male nurses and daycare workers.

    Fighting for these things are silly, on both sides. If you really want to do something, work hard and take all the opportunities you can get. Sometimes your dreams are unrealistic and sometimes they aren’t. You get there if you deserve to be there.

    I do not identify with any "equality" title e.g Feminism, MRA or BLM etc etc. I think as soon as you label something it starts more issues than it solves. And as soon as you victimize yourself, you stop getting places due to your credit, it becomes more about your gender, race etc.

    All I can emphasize is, stop victimizing yourself, put your head down, work your ass off and take the opportunities that come your way.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:12 pm
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    What if guys make better films?

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:13 pm
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    damn, son! its raining pussy!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:13 pm
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    This isn’t "the big question", because it has an objective, unbiased answer. Even for that tweet at the start. Look up Steven Pinker on sex differences.

    Long-short: At the extreme ends (note: plural) of ability (ability is an oversimplification), men dominate. They always will. This equality debate will never move beyond the debate stage because even if we DID have the ability to alter our genetics to even out this particular curve for men and women (we don’t), we would cease to be men and women. Women would stop being different characters, with different feelings and strengths and weaknesses and hopes and drives. They would stop caring what they care for, and while an equal representation of females in the director’s chair would be just dandy, the rest of civilization and indeed the planet would collapse, because while they don’t have their names on the cover, the presence and work of a huge number of women, even ones that might never have heard of a particular movie, massively influence both the men who direct and the movies they make.

    Like seeing a guy’s face peeking over the edge of a wall, except he’s standing on some lady’s shoulders.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:13 pm
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    I know I’m late, but I’m glad I watched this. I rarely comment anything, but this got me thinking. For me, filmmaking has always been a passion. I remember doing some short films with my friends when I was 9 years old. I knew there are fewer women in the industry, but I had no idea the numbers were that drastic. For me, it’s never been a question of gender. I’ve been a fan of Kubrick and Spielberg for as long as I can remember. I’ve never really thought about the gender anyway, but the content. Now I realize that if I get to study cinema and filmmaking, it will be a hell of a challenge to actually get to do my thing in the real world. Luckily the world is getting better and better on the subject of equality! Let’s hope that in the future we have loads of wonderous women doing great cinema!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm
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    Maybe I had the luck to grow up in evironments where gender inequality had little to no presence.
    I really have a hard time to process the statement that women are somehow in a disadvantage in the job industry.
    I mean, jobs that are male dominiated are male dominiated because more men are interested and pursuing this particular field than women. Same goes for female dominated fields. Do I see a male or a female, in the opposite sex dominated field, as a less competend person?

    No.

    Why though? How could gender be, especially nowadays where gender equality could’t be any higher, a factor which decides over the competence of a person?

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    I think the general reason why male characters are more 3-dimensional is because men are portrayed as more masculineq of courseq and from there as to more mysterious, deep and thoughtful, because they have principles they stand for quietly. Maybe this has more a psychologycal reasons rather than just black and white – gender and equality. Thank you for starting the conversation. That was a very well-thought video.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    Equality of opportunity not equality of outcome

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    I don’t know if Films are a zero sum game either. Having more women in the industry doesn’t mean less jobs to go around. It means more films can be created. Better films, with more views represented. I don’t think the world has shown a limit in the content consumed, but more of a preference for better and better content. And really, I can find content that matches my interests better when there is more to choose from. I see more women in this, and all, industries as a crucial step in growth, diversity, and something that can benefit everyone – if we help it.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    I would like to say that there is also sort of a “Boy’s Club” effect to all of this. For example, a good friend of mine, female, went to a film school in Chicago. As the only female in her class, not only did she say she felt excluded in her ideas and capability, but also her participation. This lack of representation also affected how the men in her class had seen her, and they believed she was incapable of producing ideas to the same quality as them. She was white, so it’s not even including women of color. Not only this, but several women I know in the film industry, because of this lack of representation, have had to undergo sexual assault by male colleagues. In fact, my friend in Japan is currently fighting with the film’s producer because she rejected his sexual advances towards her and it’s stalling the process of this film. So not only does a lack of representation effect not only women and men’s view of female directors, but it also creates a dicey environment as well.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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    Dude I honestly never comment on YouTube but I had to this time. Great analysis and perspective. This is honestly one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long long time. Keep it up man you handled this really well and it shows you genuinely care. Cheers!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm
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    It’s like you shared in your video: Studios invest in male dominated movies. There are tons of us female filmmakers out there, we are just not provided the same opportunities so you don’t see us in big productions, or "the movies everyone talks about." I do think the industry is improving, but we still have a long way to go.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    Great

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    Thank You Simon for this video! I love this channel, it helped a lot! I want to be a strong filmmaker woman!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    The comments

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    I Want to be male

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    This is insane. Not only are there raging SJW’s in the comments but there are also stupid trolls making "kitchen" jokes. Just watch the fucking video. God.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    If a woman fits best in a role, use the woman, and if a man does, use the man. That’s fair.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    You don’t need the sats to prove an active bias, that’s for sure. Spending time on over 120 odd sets when I was younger, and seeing some pretty obvious issues with the inequality first hand, had me prepared somewhat for what you’d say. I was actually feeling frustrated for the women you touched on in this while I was watching! Excellent video, and I have to comment how amazing I thought Wonder Woman was. I watched it on a recommendation from my sister and her husband, who’ve both made some contributions to Hollywood themselves.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:31 pm
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    LOVE THIS. thank you, just thank you. ❤️

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    it’s not that men doesn’t want women to become director, it’s just that only few women wants to become one, right?

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