I am currently a senior at one of the top film schools in the US.
On the first day of my TV Comedy Writing class, my (male, white) professor looked around the room (which was 15 boys and 6 girls, including me) and said, “anyone who’s gonna get offended by racist, sexist humor, or anything else, shouldn’t take this class.”
The professor proceed to go around the room, verifying that the girls in the class would be okay and not get offendedby any of the jokes made during the class.
I'm a graduate film student at NYU, and I wanted to let you know that within a day and a half your blog has probably been seen by just about every student and faculty member here. It's made some people in our not-perfect-but-relatively-egalitarian program realize how big a problem this still is in the industry and I've already overheard conversations from both men and women determined to change this. So you should know that this is having a deep impact, even if the results aren't immediate.
Reference Image of the Day: A still showcasing some great action-comedy framing from The World’s End, directed by the incomparable Edgar Wright. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, because aside from its impeccable visual craftsmanship, it does my favorite thing that movies have the power to do: show people flawed, relatable characters that make them feel less alone in the world.
I was in a place of deep nostalgia when I had the idea for Flying High, and The World’s End was a shining beacon of hope for me during that time. If my movies can give people something even remotely close to that experience, I’ll be totally satisfied.
What schools have good directing, film, writing, programs
University of Southern California New York University University of California - Los Angeles American Film Institute California Institute of the Arts Columbia University Chapman University Loyola Marymount University Emerson College University of Texas - Austin Syracuse University Boston University University of North Carolina School of the Arts Northwestern University Wesleyan University Stanford University DePaul University Florida State University Columbia College Chicago Savannah College of Art and Design
When I was 18 I applied to film directing at the state university in my
country and got rejected. Since it was my passion from a very young age
my dad wanted to see if I should pursue it so he went to have a chat
with the man who was leading the program, also a renowned film director.
He told him I was very close to being accepted but they don’t really
like taking in women because at some point:
“They’ll get pregnant and
won’t devote to film. At the end of the day it’s a man’s job to direct.”
My dad was disgusted by this, and deliberately enrolled me into the private
school where I finished what I love. I haven’t made a feature yet, but I
made a lot of short films that have been to festivals around the world.
Top graduate film school, mock pitches in teams of two.
male and female student are paired and the guy bulldozes the entire
pitch by himself, never deferring to his partner nor letting her speak
once. This was something that this particular male student often did:
talk over people, be the center of attention, dominate situations.
response, the female professor and female guest lecturer tell the whole
class how that scenario was the female student’s fault because she “abdicated power” to the man and that’s something women do sometimes. I
If you have two children and one
of your children is being a jerk and not sharing a toy he is supposed
to share, do you say, “Timmy, share with your sister” or do you say “Gee
Cindy, it’s your fault your brother is such an asshole”???
tired of women being blamed for men’s direct failures. The guy
obviously does not understand the meaning of teamwork nor when to take
it down a notch. The feedback could have been a lesson for him on how to
become a better team player. Instead it was demonstration of
internalized misogyny for all of us.