While Hollywood is still growing in it’s quest to provide equally great roles and opportunities for women and minorities, there’s still a lot of ground to gain. Over at Indiewire, film industry “multi-hypenates” Helenna Santos and Alexandra Boylan have come to the realization that if you want something in the film industry you don’t wait for someone to give it to you – you create it yourself! It may be DIY time.
If we want to see stronger female-driven films, if we want more opportunity for women behind the camera, WE need to make that happen.
We need to hire more women on our sets, write films with more female roles, and continue to educate ourselves in our particular fields to the best of our abilities so that we are armed with knowledge and are equally as qualified as the men around us.
It’s also about the creative process. The pair declare that “If you can imagine it, you can create it.” Obviously that’s something we wholeheartedly agree with as there are tools out there that can make communicating and creating ideas faster and easier.
Additionally, collaboration is key in this industry. Both women and men can look to surround themselves with a diverse group of the best people they can find. You don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room. If you let them, others can help you shine.
Filmmaking is a collaborative process. …we all need others to cheer us on so we can create the best possible projects and become the strongest women in the industry that we can become.
The pair offer a number of tips for women in the industry. And these tips work for anyone looking to get what they want when it comes to the art of making film.