standard hollywood

it’s… funny…when celebrities say shit like ‘money can’t buy happiness’ while they’re sitting in mansions and never having to worry about putting food on the table, or when they say ‘looks don’t matter, everyone is beautiful’ while actively participating in a business/establishment that literally makes money off of people being insecure and hating themselves god it’s just so fucking transparent

Coworker just walked through my office carrying a real, live chicken. 

I feel like that was totally the high point of the week, and I should pack it in while I have the chance. It’s not going to get better than that.
Gal Gadot Got Paid the Same as Henry Cavill in Their Superhero Stand-Alone Debuts
Slow your roll, Twitter Outrage.

Contrary to a story that Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot made millions less than her DC counterpart Henry Cavill as Superman, the two were paid the same for their debut standalone outings.

That’s according to a source familiar with both negotiations, who told The Hollywood Reporter that Gadot made the same amount upfront if not slightly more on Wonder Woman than Cavill made on 2013’s Man of Steel.

The alleged salary discrepancy story was based on a post from Elle magazine, which cobbled together salary information that had previously appeared in various publications and did not differentiate between upfront salary vs. bonuses and performance escalators.

The story was later updated but caused a stir on the internet as Hollywood’s gender gap on wages has become a popular issue. The Elle story said Gadot was paid $300,000 for Wonder Woman vs. $14 million Cavill received for Man of Steel. The source called the latter figure “ridiculous.”

Warner Bros., the studio behind both movies, declined to comment.

A salary of low- to mid-six figures is standard fare for Hollywood tentpoles, especially for actors with short track records; Gadot had bit parts in movies such as Date Night and Knight and Day before landing a more substantial but still supporting role in the Fast & Furious movies. Chris Hemsworth made $150,000 for his starring debut in 2011’s Thor, for example. Adam Driver was paid in the $500,000 range for his part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to sources. Felicity Jones, who had an Oscar nomination under her belt before landing the lead in Rogue One, was paid more than $1 million for the Star Wars stand-alone.

These salary figures do not take into account box-office bonuses, which hit when certain benchmarks are hit. And actors gets substantial increases when it comes to sequels, even in spite of having option agreements and especially if a movie is as successful as Wonder Woman (the film has earned $574 million worldwide to date). Gadot’s deal will very likely be renegotiated.

My dear lgbt+ kids, 

If you are different from the white straight neurotypical cis able-bodied “Hollywood standard” in multiple ways, if you are that “special snowflake with a million labels” that people make fun of, guess what? 

You’re 100% valid! 

You deserve representation! 

It’s understandable if you want to see characters in media that are like you! 

You are not “too much” or “too different”! 

And you certainly don’t need to listen to anyone who starts any argument with “In the real world..”. 

In the real world, there are people who are bi and trans and have a disability and are black. There are people who are gay and autistic and asexual. There are people who are trans and have chronic pain and have depression

There are many people who are part of multiple underrepresented groups, who face different kinds of discrimination all at once.

You deserve to have every part of you respected. 

Please don’t let anyone make you believe you only deserve respect if you hide some parts of yourself. 

With all my love, 

Your Tumblr Mom 

So, I went to see Wonder Woman for a third time and this time what struck me was that the absence of the male gaze wasn’t just kinder to Diana, it was kinder to Steve.

Think about that scene where Steve’s totally naked in the pool and then stands up and Diana comes in and they have their awkward little chat.

Then think about the scene in Thor where he’s changing into his new clothes.

Steve is literally less clothed - he’s not wearing pants, and Thor is.  But the camera treats him much, much better.  Although there ARE some shots where Steve is totally naked and covering his crotch with his hands, the majority of the scene is closer in, focusing just on his face and shoulders.  In contrast, there are almost no shots in the whole scene with Thor where we can’t see at minimum his whole torso, and there are several shots where he’s inspecting or adjusting his pants where it’s pretty clear we’re also meant to be looking at his butt.

The framing is important, too.  Steve stands up before he knows Diana is coming in, and he’s awkward about being naked - but he’s also aware she’s looking and gets to decide what to do about it.  He could dive back under the water, but he doesn’t.  He lets her look, and then covers what he wants to cover as he moves and dresses.  He also looks back.  The whole time we’re looking at naked Steve, he’s looking at us (and at Diana.)  In contrast, the first shots we have of Thor are when he’s not only unaware of being watched, but also actually out of our and the other characters’ line of sight.  We are literally watching him dress in the mirror while we and the other characters are in a separate room.  It’s not just that he doesn’t look back at us, but he can’t. Not until he walks into the other room with the rest of the characters, at which point, he still doesn’t.  He’s looking sideways or down at things, or even in the close-up shot, he’s looking away for at least half the shot.

There are a lot of things I could say about body types and Hollywood standards for muscle and Good Lord Just Let The Marvel Chrises Eat A Sandwich And Take A Day Off From The Gym, but that’s not even my point here.

My point is that Steve Trevor, male lead and love interest in a superhero film directed by a woman and targeting an audience that skews female, is shot like a person.  He has agency and presence and we’re not invited to separate his body from his personality.  Thor Odinson, male lead and love interest in a superhero film directed by a straight man and targeting an audience that skews male, is shot like an object.  He does not have agency to decide when and how he is looked at and who sees him.  He does not have an emotional presence because we’re invited to look at his body while he is silent and/or unaware of our gaze.

I’m not gonna sit here and say that they female gaze could or would never objectify men.  But I am going to say that the assumption that what women want from films is to get to ogle men like men get to ogle women is probably an assumption driven more by men than by women.

anonymous asked:

hey jules! do you think that people who (unfortunately) can't attend a film school, but work really hard on their own scripts and movies, can still get a job in the film business? thanks and have a nice day/evening/whatever!

Hey Anon,

I absolutely think you can work in the film industry without attending film school! (There are plenty of famous directors who can attest to this.) In fact, one of the reasons I started this blog was to teach and give resources to people who aren’t in film school.

By not going to film school, you are saving a ton of money so that’s a big plus. But be prepared to do a lot of self-teaching. I recommend for learning software and look online for some textbooks on film. The Hollywood Standard is good for writing, In the Blink of an Eye is standard for editing, and On Directing Film is a good starter for directing.

Take any internship you can to get some hands-on learning. Local film companies are often open to interns and you get more experience when you have a smaller crew. Professionals like experience more than a degree. Internships will also give you a chance to network, which is EXTREMELY important in film. (Probably the biggest benefit to film school is the ability to network with your peers so if you aren’t going to film school your connections are even more valuable.)

Good luck in your future endevors.


I honestly feel like I would’ve enjoyed Dirk Gently a lot less if they’d taken the Grimdark™ option and done a dark and gritty reboot.

Because it would’ve actually been a really easy option for them? They could’ve taken Farah’s first scene (an attractive woman tied to a bed in a dark room with a creepy man standing over her) and really emphasized the rape-y aspects of it for the shock value. They could’ve taken Amanda catching fire and meticulously shown her skin crackling and blistering. They could’ve taken Bart (as a chaotic feral character) and shown her in a revealing, conveniently-ripped outfit to highlight how she just doesn’t care about her appearance (but is still magically attractive by Hollywood standards).

Dirk could’ve brooded heavily over his dark and tragic past, and only cared about solving the mystery rather than saving Lydia. Todd could’ve made everything about his Manpain™ and the narrative could’ve presented Amanda as unreasonable for not immediately forgiving him. Rimmer showing affection to his dog-in-a-young-girl’s-body could’ve been genuinely disturbing (as opposed to just vaguely unsettling).

… and I only just realized how many of these relate to their treatment of female characters, which says a lot about how they’re actually valued by the creative team.

But man, I was this close to turning the television off (my hand was literally on the remote) during Farah’s first scene because I’m e x h a u s t e d by the number of Strong Female Characters™ who have some sort of sexual assault in their past because male writers can’t imagine any other reason for women to be capable and self-assured? And I’m glad I didn’t turn episode one off (because my life would be a sad and dreary place without the show and without the fandom) but still, it was a close call.

There’s a lot of wickedly brilliant black comedy in season one and I’m 100% here for all of the CIA-related angst they want to throw at us, but there’s also no limit to how much darker they could’ve made the show and I’m sincerely grateful that we’ve instead been given the psychic sunshine bean and his cantankerous punk boyfriend in a universe that has sombre moments but still makes the audience feel better for having been part of the story.

I knew Moana wouldn’t win for best animated feature, but damn did it deserve to win at least for Best Original Song. “How Far I’ll Go” is such a beautiful, powerful, and inspiring song about finding yourself and and breaking limits to reach your dreams and achieve what you what you meant to do in your life. Moana was a gorgeous representation of Polynesian culture, a group that sadly doesn’t get enough exposure in the media. Lin-Manuel Miranda is so talented and passionate about his work, he really put all his heart in making Moana’s songs be memorable and enjoyable. Auli'i Cravalho is a fresh new talent that we haven’t seen in a long time with a lovely voice who is so humble. She’s only 16 and achieved a lot at a young age, performing at the Oscars and not letting her nerves get the best of her while she sang her heart out in front of millions of people. Watching interviews you can see how much Moana means to her and how grateful she was to bring such a strong and determined character to life. What a shame that the Academy didn’t see how great the song was and voted it for the standard Hollywood mediocrity. La La Land might have had a few decent songs, but it wasn’t as moving as Moana. All it was is an throwback to Old Hollywood that the critics ate up. Defend it all you want. It’s the truth, plain and simple.

I know this isn’t the end of Lin-Manuel’s Oscar journey. He has many projects in development, he’s still young and will get it soon and will join the EGOT club. Just you wait.


Sandra Bullock Had The Best Reaction To Being Named “World’s Most Beautiful Woman”

“I laughed when they said they were going to be generous and bestow me this wonderful privilege.”

GREAT photoset by Buzzfeed, see the full piece here

From the interview:

“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked, and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age,” Bullock said.

Bullock said she worries about raising her 5-year-old son Louis in a world where woman are so easily picked apart for their imperfections.

“My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening,” she said.” (Source)


“In spite of her fragile appearance, she’s like steel” - Cary Grant

I got asked a few weeks ago by pictosays if I had any tips for upcoming film students, now I’m nowhere near an expert but this is what I have come up with from personal experience.

Learn from the ground up 
You are in school for a reason, don’t walk in thinking you know everything because you made a film for A Level Film Studies, everyone did and people will get annoyed with you rather quickly.

Take risks
University is the time to take risks in your work, you have a safety net, use it to your advantage.

Get experience
Talk to 2nd/3rd years to get roles on set, they need some extra hands on set and you need to know how a set works in the ‘real world’.  Also use your summer/weekends wisely, get an internship or some runner jobs at a production company. Hands on experience is invaluable and a foot in the door never hurt.

Be nice to your peers
In film school more so than others you have to work in teams, it’s part of the industry and it’s a part of everyday life. Don’t make enemies you will regret. 

Theory is important
It’s one thing being able to make a film look nice but if the shot has no real relevance/meaning then it’s pretty useless. 

I use this website all the time, it has detailed tutorials on all industry standard software. There is a subscription fee but most (mine anyway?) universities offer a subscription as part of the degree. (Also Avid is the industry standard for editing Feature/Hollywood films at least get your head around the workflow) 

Be prepared to self-teach
This is true of all subjects but in film somethings you just have to figure out yourself, you have to figure out your own workflow. So instead of complaining about it just get stuck in - you never know it could be fun. 

Don’t get cocky about your specialism 
You want to be a director? Awesome, go for it but have a backup. Director isn’t the only job available and it also isn’t ‘the most important’. Film sets are nothing without all the other departments, learning how they work will do you no harm.

Watch films!
Expected really but at times you get caught up in production, make time to go to the cinema or to re-watch your favourite film, remind yourself why you do what you do. Also expand your genres, watch the classics and go to experimental film festivals because inspiration can come from the strangest places.

That’s everything I have for now, it’s also good to remember my BA is more fine art film than feature/hollywood but the principles the same - play around, find your niche and work hard.

If you have any questions just drop me a message :)