Hollywood's STEAM Women


Visual effects artists combine art, math and tech to create the stunning imagery you see onscreen - but they're not immune from the gender gap that plagues other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) jobs. Cristen and Caroline discuss why an absence of women in special effects is just one difficulty for Hollywood's ailing VFX industry.

Huge thanks to film editor and post production expert Kylee Wall for speaking with Caroline about women and institutional sexism within the visual effects industry! Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Episode sources:

"10 Questions for Kylee Wall about Gender Issues in the Post Industry." http://www.aotg.com/index.php?page=gender_in_the_post_industry

"Female Special Effects Pioneers Share Stories From Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Beyond." http://www.themarysue.com/women-in-visual-effects/

"Fighting for a Piece of the 'Pi': The Full Story Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects Problem." http://www.indiewire.com/article/the-full-story-behind-hollywoods-visual-effects-problem

"Marvel's Victoria Alonso Wants a Female Superhero Movie, Called for More Women in VFX." http://variety.com/2014/film/news/marvels-alonso-calls-for-more-women-in-vfx-and-female-superhero-pic-1201333443/

"Marvel Ups Victoria Alonso to Head of Physical Production." http://variety.com/2015/artisans/news/marvel-ups-victoria-alonso-to-head-of-physical-production-exclusive-1201598659/

"Marvel Visual Effects Leader Pushes for More Women, Tells Newcomers 'Fill the Gap'." http://deadline.com/2014/10/marvel-victoria-alonso-visual-effe cts-summit-women-jobs-854447/

"Parenthood in Post Production Part One: Being an Editor Dad." https://www.creativecow.net/interstitial.php?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibrary.creativecow.net%2Fwall_kylee%2FParenthood-in-Production-and-Post%2F1&id=0

"Parenthood in Post Production Part Three: An Editor Mom." https://library.creativecow.net/wall_kylee/Parenthood-in-Production3/1

"Practical Magic: The State of the VFX Industry in 2015, Part 2 - Hug a VFX Artist." http://www.awn.com/blog/practical-magic-state-vfx-industry-2015-part-2-hug-vfx-artist

"The Celluloid Ceiling Is Positioned Much Lower Than You Think." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-liz-thomson/celluloid-ceiling_b_5066144.html

"The secret procedure Hollywood has fooled us for years." http://mashable.com/2014/12/01/hollywood-secret-beauty-procedure/#jte1ZECRPkqo

"Visual Effects: The Gender Bias Behind Screen." http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/02/women-in-vfx-high-tech-yet-not-tech/

"Watch: Tips on Tackling the Post-Production Gender Gap." http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-tips-on-tackling-the-post-production-gender-gap-20150421

"What's the Difference Between Special Effects & Visual Effects?" http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://filmescape.com/whats-the-difference-between-special-effects-visual-effects

"Where are the women in VFX?" https://vfxsoldier.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/where-are-the-women-in-vfx/

"Working as a Visual Effects Artist." http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704454304575081524097067884

Academic insights:

"The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2013." Laurzen, Martha M. 2014. http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/files/2013_Celluloid_Ceiling_Report.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: Hollywood, women in film, stem women