These days, it’s easier than ever to make a blockbuster film, according to filmmaker Patrick Willems. That is, if you’re a white male.
Willems, who is a white man, offers step-by-step video to becoming a star director in the video above. Prerequisites include passing a “white male check” and exploiting a “tortured” screenwriter in film school to write scripts. And when it’s time to make an indie film, the narrator reminds us, ”Just make sure it appeals to white people and includes the key ingredients: a heterosexual romance and a genre movie element.”
Then, as proposed in the video, wait for a call from Hollywood and voila! You’re in the big leagues.
As for women, people of color and other marginalized communities, landing these big positions in Hollywood is far more difficult. UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies report points out just a few reasons why in its 2015 Diversity in Hollywood report.
“Because of the high risk associated with the typical project — most new television shows fail, most films underperform — individual stakeholders in the industry (typically white and male) look to surround themselves with other individuals with whom they feel comfortable, with whom they feel they have the best prospects for producing a successful project,” the authors of the report wrote. “These latter individuals, of course, tend to think and look like the former, thereby reproducing an industry culture that routinely devalues the talent of minorities and women.”
Though diversity has seen a few victories in Hollywood lately, the 5-step model in this satirical video still, sadly, the most effective method.
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