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Showing posts with label role of women. Show all posts
Showing posts with label role of women. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You're Not Like Other Girls

On set last week, one very young man said with a twinge of awe upon meeting me, "You're the first girl AC I've ever seen." This slightly shocked me but also didn't. Often I am the only non-Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe female in the crew [Supplementary article1]. Often I'm at first mistaken for HMU, Cast, or Crafty, even with a full bag of obvious gear and cargo pants. People see what they want to see.

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I'm not a terribly large or robust person, so once we get past that hiccup, the next stage is being asked if I'm okay to lift whatever item I have to lift as part of my job. At times it seems people are hesitant to venture whether I know anything at all (maybe I'm just there because I had on the cutest pants). Yes, crew, I can do what you do. No, I'm not like what you think the "other girls" you typically see on set are like.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Morally Reprehensible Media . . . Beyond Your General Threshold

Let me start with the bottom line: Image is not the person. Your worth does not come from it.

Here's the backdrop:
I happened upon a Today Show spot last week for NBC's upcoming Kate Middleton-Prince William wedding coverage. Not having caught the bug, the media manipulation's been coming off rather heavy-handed. Even desperate. In an ever-growing world of inputs and outlets, those of us with [nearly] fully developed frontal lobes know to shift focus elsewhere as needed. But even from a position of primary indifference, things in the media can still hit like a slap in the face. And this particular promo slapped me.

The scene: a little girl, 7-9 years old, in the lap of her (perhaps) grandfather, narrating to him from a large print, childlike fairy tale picture book about Kate & William and the Royal Wedding. An unnatural light, a purple-magenta cast tinged the scene, and then a star wipe transitioned it out, Disney magic style, leading to the real pomp & circumstance commercial.

Media saturation? Fine--expected. Targeting children, trying to sell little girls an interest in this wedding? Beyond the pale.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grin and Bear It: Film Is As Film Does

I really feel for actors. It's gotta hard out there for them. Having extraed in some post-Katrina productions while in La. to get set experience years ago, when back in NY, I signed up to receive casting notices with the same idea in mind--set exposure. However, with a full-time day job and only being suitable for about 1% of the already demographically filtered notices, it was never going to work out. I turned off the NY notices when I left the coast, but in March-April, the Middle States breakdowns started coming in heavier than in the previous several months combined.

In following with my Death of Story, it doesn't escape me that casting notices, as brief as they are, can tell a lot of about the writing, characters, and mindsets behind the scenes. Those at the helm.

As a sample, demographically filtered (i.e. female, post-college, pre-motherhood, ethnicity open):