The success of Wonder Woman and the live action Beauty and the Beast has generated a great deal of discussion about women in cinema and woman-centric narrative. A Variety article pointed out, though, that despite record box office, women, “made up only 7 percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016. That represented a decline of two percentage points from the year before.” Without getting too heady or too political, I need to point out that women’s narratological problems start off long before a screenplay gets optioned by the studios and directors are hired. It starts in high school, with the ways we are taught narrative structure.
Congratulations to fellow UT-Austin alum Thomas Schlamme on being elected president of the DGA yesterday evening. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Schlamme a few years back when he was directing Studio 60. It was very inspiring to hear his story of success and he was also kind enough to introduce us to Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford that evening. Hook Em Horns!