The scarce amount of women in the film industry has been an issue since the industry’s birth. As a male, I realize that I’m part of an industry that is mostly male dominated. However, just because I’ve chosen to enter this profession doesn’t mean that I support the demographics that stand. That’s why I was delighted to read Anne Thompson’s article “Women Activists Rocked Sundance, Celebrating a Sea Change.”
Sadly, I was not able to participate or attend the Sundance Film Festival, and I was even more disappointed that I was not able to witness the new and large amount of female presence. According to Thompson, women were everywhere at Sundance, from Producers, and women’s brunches, and dinners, and more.
One of the major differences that allowed the new diversity to happen was the partnership between The Sundance Institute and Women in Film. The two have joined forces for several years to research the real barriers for women in Hollywood. “Transparent” showrunner Jill Soloway states: “Filmmaking creates a universe where we become the subjects in our own lives. We have to stop them by shamming them, so that when they look around at a project filled with white men they say, ‘it’s embarrassing, we can’t do this anymore.’”
I’m aware that we have a long way to go before there is complete equality between genders and races in the industry. However, it is comforting to know there is progress being made and activists that are making the issue a priority.
Deadline recently published a Q&A interview with Stephen King that focused mainly on whether or not Hollywood owes authors when their books become films. This article explores the sometimes tumultuous relationship between big Hollywood studios and authors. I specifically enjoyed hearing from arguably the most successful author to adapt his book into film, Stephen King. King admits that both the studios and the authors are often at fault when it comes to common disputes. King states that he is never looking for a “payout” and that he would much rather take little to no money so that he can be actively involved in the production process. “I want a dollar, and I want approvals over the screenwriter, the director and the principal cast. We try to make these people understand, the people that are doing the deal, that I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I’m not a hard guy to get along with.” (King). This simple statement helps me understand why King has been able to adapt so much of his work into a feature film because he is easy to work with. Film is a medium that requires allot of people with lots of ideas to work together and make one piece of work. Authors normally work within a solitary environment. So when an Author is told that their work is no longer “their work” it takes some major adjusting. I honestly now understand why Stephen King has been able to make so many films, because he is an active participant in trying to make the film as successful as possible.