The Cinematographer, the woman Cinematographer Rachel Morrieson has been nominated for an Oscar. She is the first woman cinematographer to do so. I would suggest that our sisters who work in the world of the moving image have had similar struggles as the sisters in the Still area so this is so welcome and long overdue. It would be interesting if we knew more about our very own Cinematographers who happen to be female. Women like Martha Ansar, Mandy Walker, Erika Addis and Anna Howard to name a few.
A little more about Rachel Morrieson and her reaction to the nomination…..
Heading to the Sundance Film Festival, cinematographer Rachel Morrison took a moment to savor and consider her historic Oscar nomination for her work on Netflix’s “Mudbound.”
“Literally, it’s a dream come true,” she said of the nod that made her the first woman ever nominated in the cinematography category. “I really hope that it opens the door for more women to believe that they can do it and follow their dreams and become cinematographers. I think that once you see 50% of us [in the industry], you’ll see a lot more nominations this time of year.”
Working closely with director and co-writer Dee Rees, Morrison said she was “trying to contrast scope and intimacy and the American dream versus the American reality and to look at how that affected people in terms of gender and race. I think she was really interested in exploring race as currency and gender as currency. Obviously, these are all issues where not very much has changed in 70 years. So, I think it’s an incredibly timely film too.”
And for the next generation of female cinematographers and filmmakers, she offered this advice:
“First of all, there is no time like the present and I can feel the change. It’s palpable. But I think it’s the best job on set so they should go for it. Just be persistent and patient and know that nothing happens overnight but if you enjoy the process and enjoy the journey, you’ll get to your destination.”
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