A panel at NAB discussed the dearth of women in post-production jobs and how we can work to bridge the gender gap.
Adobe recently hosted a panel at NAB on the gender gap between male and females in post-production on TV and film. Strategist and digital storyteller Amy DeLouise moderated the panel. The panelists included freelance editors Kylee Wall and Siân Fever, production manager at PBS Frontline Megan McGough Christian and Adobe senior product manager Ellen Wixted. Below are a few highlights from the panel. Watch the entire discussion above.
Despite there being just as many, if not more, women enrolled in film schools as men, the number of women in behind-the-scenes roles in film and TV is very low.
46 percent of students enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts are women. 56 percent are women at the Savannah College of Art and Design. And 54 percent are women at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Yet, only 21 percent of people in post-production on film and TV are women. To combat what is referred to as the ‘potential” vs. the “proven” ability to do the job, Fever had some advice for aspiring females in post-production. “It took me a while to realize that I need to speak up and I need to get in people’s faces and say ‘I want this and I want this really badly.’ Not assume that people psychically know that, which is sort of what I thought, actually,” she said…
Sapna Gandhi (sapnagandhi.com) is an actress and content creator who loves words and is thrilled to be able to integrate her passions and contribute to the filmmaking community. Although her roots are on stage, she enjoys working in television and film. In an effort to negate being typecast, she co-wrote/co-produced/co-starred in Broad Strokes (5 Days. 5 Themes. 5 Directors. 40 Comedic Micro-shorts) and is looking forward to telling more stories through her fledgling production company, Elegant Grotesque. Gandhi was born in England, raised all over The States, holds degrees in English and Women’s Studies, and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.