A new study from the San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that in 2020, Hollywood used a record number of women to give shots in big movies.
Women represented 16% of the directors working on the 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, a high water mark for representing women behind the camera. This is more than 12% in 2012 and a little over 4% in 2018, and this could be a steady change due to the publicity pressure of more filmmakers in one studio
Of course, this was not the first year that the theatrical business had been virtually stagnant for several months due to the coronavirus. Budgeted pictures were published in 2021. Zhao drove the Oscars as an optimistic “nomadland”, while other women filmmakers like Kathy Ian (“Bird Hunter”) and Patti Jenkins (“Wonder Woman 1984”) saw the release of some of the highest profile of the year.
The study, which has been running for two decades and overseen by the center’s director, Dr. Martha Lazen, sought to be held accountable for disruptions to the exhibition business. For the first time, the study also looked at women’s employment in films included in the Digital Entertainment Group’s “Watch at Home Top 20 Chart” from March 2020, and cinematographers are working to show in-house films, which were slightly lower than the 21% received in top-earning films. Only 10% of the directors who worked to watch in home films were women, down from 16% of the top box office hits.
“The good news is that we’ve seen two consecutive years of growth for the women we’ve guided,” Lausanne said in a statement. “It breaks the recent historical-historical pattern where these numbers are trending within one year and into the next. The bad news is that in the top 80% of pictures, the man still doesn’t have a wife. “
The film may be brighter for female directors but it goes deeper than the achievement. In the top 100 highest-grossing movies, women account for 27% of producer jobs and 21% of executive producer positions, an increase of two percentage points in both categories. Women make up 18% of editors, 12% of writers, and 3% of cinematographers. The number of female screenwriters increased by one per cent, but the number of writers and editors decreased by eight percentage points and five points, respectively.
The study also found that at least one female director was more likely to play a female editor, cinematographer or other key behind the scenes in the film. In films with female directors, for example, 53% are women
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Author. 39% of films with female directors and 18% of male directors were film editors, and 13% of female filmmakers and only 4% of male directors composed music for films.
Although the industry progressed, most films (67%) employed between four women from the top zero women behind the role of the cinematographer. In contrast, more than 70% of the top film directors have hired 10 or more men as directors, writers and other top positions.
“This imbalance is staggering,” Lausanne said in a statement.