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Continued: Stories from behind the lens

  • Article by: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 18, 2013 - 3:03 PM

Challenges for female directors

Only 14 percent of episodes in the 2012-13 season were helmed by women, according to the Directors Guild of America.

Horder-Payton: As a woman, you just have to prove yourself faster, from the moment you walk on a set. If you can’t make your mark and immediately say, “I am the leader here. Trust me,” then you’ve lost it. They’ll stomp all over you.

Jackie Marcus Schaffer, “The League”: I was once diverted by a new production assistant to the extras tent on my own show. No joke. It happened on a movie I did, as well. A baseball cap and Converse tennis shoes, I’ve learned, are not my friends when it comes to instilling control. I’ve learned I need to speak a little louder and say it with more gusto for people to know I’m serious and I want it the way I want it.

 

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