Finally, we're in March, the month dedicated to all women, whether they be cis, trans, or nonbinary. A month to celebrate how amazing we all are, and the accomplishments we've achieved. I usually do lists of some of my favorite films in a certain genre or context. I was thinking, how am I going to celebrate how much I love being a woman, and the struggles we still face in the world. I was thinking that I could do films like Iron Jawed Angels a film that tells of how US woman got the right to vote in 1920. I just might do that in the future few weeks, and then I thought of films based around woman monarchs in history and present times. But, I've done a collection of my favorite shows/movies based around royalty. (If you haven't seen that article. I suggest checking it out. It was one of my favs to write). Then I had the thought of how much love we give to all the ladies behind the cameras, the music producers, the editors, the producers, the writers, the costumers and the makeup/hair artists. All these ladies behind the scenes, whose faces we never get to see. The only way we'd know they were part of the production was their names in the credit scenes.
With all that being said, let's showcase some of the talented ladies who've helped with the production of movies you've either heard of, or haven't heard of. Let's go!
Natalie Erika James.
A director and a writer, she's known for the movies Relic (2020), Drum Wave (2018), Creswick (2017), Under the Sun (2015), Burrow (2013) and finally Tritch (2012). But it all doesn't stop with just movies, she also directs music videos, commercials, tv shows, etc. She won the Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Triple J Awards for directing the music video Mine by the artist Life is Better Blonde.
Her feature film Relic, was co written by Natalie and Christian White is a psychological/thriller focused around one woman, her daughter, and her mother. The woman and her daughter go to check on her mother who she hasn't spoken to in a little bit. What follows isn't so much as terrifying but, saddening.
The movie being based on her going to Japan to visit her grandmother who was suffering with Alzheimer', and feeling the guilt of not visiting more often when her grandmother couldn't recongize her.
The movie, although scary has the more saddening undertone and I wasn't terrified, but more felt sad about the over all concept.
When I first heard about Ai-Ling I was shaken that I hadn't ever heard of her. Because well, she's been at this for a long time. Her professions being sound editor, audio engineer, and sound effects editor. Working on movies that have a place in many peoples hearts. Movies like Tangled, Maze Runner, Deadpool, New Moon, perhaps La La Land. La La Land was what landed her, her first Oscar nomination.
Her nominees also included BAFTA Award for Best Sound, Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. The Singaporean's first few projects include the documentary Buena Vista Social Club. She says how her father was a big Hollywood watching fan, growing up loving movies like Terminator 2. This is truly a woman who knows how to make the background noises of our favorite movies come to life. You want a swooshing noise? She's definitely got you covered.
Have you ever met a woman and thought "I wanna be you when I grow up?" even if you're already grown up. This is a woman who was the inspiration for the iconic Edna Mode in The Incredibles. If you're looking for somebody who is known for her talents in costume design, look no further. She's known for dressing the casts of movies like Sabrina and Roman Holiday.
Looking at the picture, you can see that she's quite the winner. She won the Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, and Best Costume Design: Black and White. She won Best Costume Design the years of1950 and 1973. Best Costume Design: Black and White she won the years of 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, and1960. She started working for Paramount in 1938, she was the first woman to head a design department at a major studio. Laterm working for Universal Studio. She became America's most well-known and successful Hollywood designer.
Well, these are a few ladies who have been behind the camera. Some ladies who have helped changed the film industry, some who are just putting their roots and some who are breaking the glass ceiling and opening doors for the ladies yet to come.
All the love,
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