It is not a misconception that the film and tv industry is a mostly male dominated work place.¬† Each department has their exceptions however the camera department is usually the most male dominated area of them all.
That being said when I see a female DP, camera operator or a female AC I get super excited and happy.¬† I have so much respect for them because I know how hard it must have been for them to get where they are and to be taken seriously.
I am proud to say that on the show I am currently working on we have not one, but two amazing female camera operators and one amazing female AC.¬† To me this is a huge achievement because the cameras that we are using weigh about as much as a small child.
I can tell you from exprience that¬† carrying those things on your shoulder is not an easy task and it can get extremely tiring.¬† These three amazing women are working 10 hour shifts running up and down stairs in this oddly designed house we are shooting in and they are all holding their own compared to the other male operators and ac’s.
So to all of the women out there, do not let this male dominated industry scare you.¬† These three women are proof that you can hold your own with the boys club.¬† Do not get discouraged and give up. ¬† They worked hard and are now out there shooting, so why can’t you?