Daily Archives: October 16, 2008

Women behind the camera

“Before the New China was established in 1949, Chinese women were looked down upon by society. In 1950, we started working as camerawomen for the Television Media Department. At that time, very few women worked in camera.”

“Before the New China was established in 1949, Chinese women were looked down upon by society. In 1950, we started working as camerawomen for the Television Media Department. At that time, very few women worked in camera.” Chen Jin Ti, Camerawoman/Producer (Beijing, China)

By chance, I just looked over the website of American Cinematographer and came across this review of a DVD presenting ‘Women behind the camera’. The DVD has its own website and sounds like a great resource. The website itself is terrific with a gallery of female cinematographers from all over the world (from which I borrowed the image on the right). I think every film and media teacher should get this website up on screen and show this wonderful gallery to all their students. The more girls and women who can be encouraged to think about operating a camera the better. The website also has some very useful links.

The DVD sounds good value and there is a PAL version as well as NTSC, both available from an online store. One of the most important aspects of the film (and the associated book) is that it is genuinely global in outlook. I was glad to see the UK’s own Sue Gibson on the site and it encourages us to spot new talent and publicise what they can do. There are plenty of examples of films made by women, with women behind the camera, on this website (check out our category on ‘Films made by women’ listed on the left sidebar.) 

There’s a useful little video clip from Women behind the camera DVD that you can view here.