advice for female directors

“LAFF 2017 Women Directors Interview: Meet Jennifer Morrison — ‘Sun Dogs’”

Jennifer Morrison is an actress, producer, and director. Her acting credits include “Once Upon a Time,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “House.” She’s the founder of Apartment 3C Productions. Her short film, “Warning Labels,” premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “Sun Dogs” is her feature directorial debut.

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megsgotwings  asked:

Do you have any advice for a young female sci fi director? (Besides "give up" or "go home" -- I've heard those already)

Whoever told you those things can eat a bag of dicks, as far as I am concerned.

Have a clear vision, and communicate it directly and clearly with your actors, cinematographer, and editors. Hire the smartest people you can, and let them help you make the best thing you can make.

Remember that the most important thing is the script, and then it’s the casting. If you don’t have those two things as the foundation of your film, you’re going to have a really tough time making something you’re proud of.

Everything worth doing is hard. Don’t give up!

Hostile Territory

I asked a big writer/director for advice on pitching while female. My experience is that male execs tend to interrupt, talk over you, etc. Not even nefariously, but it happens. He cut me off and explained for 5 minutes how wrong I was and that sexism doesn’t exist. You can never assume it’s safe to talk to men about professional sexism. I think this is why so many women film pros, who are often “the only woman”, will basically lie when asked. We’re isolated in hostile territory. This blog helps.