When actress-directors or female producers are photographed with cameras, either with men or alone in the frame, they are next to the motion picture camera.
A JCPenney shopper went on an expletive-laden tirade against two Latina customers earlier this week, telling them to "go back where they belong" in a rant that was caught on video.
Even one of the most well-connected women in the industry couldn’t think of one.
Powerful executive producer and screenwriter June Mathis, when asked in 1925 to reflect on women’s contributions said she could think of cases in which a woman worked as a cutter or a title writer but had yet to find a woman “turning a camera crank” (664).
There were, however, a handful of women who despite the skepticism and even hostility they must have encountered on the set, did operate the heavy 35mm motion picture camera and mastered the new technology despite cultural expectations. A bigger story, however, was not women and “little” 16mm cameras it was women with big 35mm cameras on the motion picture set.
Yet not all women photographed with cameras were professional camera operators—some were actress directors or female producers, and here the photographic composition is telling.
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"Everybody here probably feels the same way I do," the unidentified woman, who is white, says in the video after she sees one of the Latina shoppers checking out and the other joining her at the register with a last-minute purchase. They can't act like the hero, they come here to live and act like everybody else," the woman continues, as stunned shoppers look on."Get in the back of the line like everybody else does and be somebody. You're nobodies, just because you come from another country, it don't make you nobody." She then berates the two as "probably on welfare." One starts to respond, and the woman responds, "It's OK, speak English. If you don't know it, learn it." The shocking video was shot by Renee Buckner, a Louisville resident who was finishing up her Christmas shopping at JCPenney at the time."This Hispanic lady was purchasing items and the transaction was almost complete, then her friend brings up some shirts to be added to her purchase instead of getting in line," Buckner wrote in her Facebook post. " Buckner did not want to speak to the media and directed calls to her pastor.Dash cams have served a lot of purposes in recent years, from capturing footage of a meteor to capturing Reese Witherspoon having a moment.These car cameras are especially popular in Russia, however, due to a high-rate of insurance scams.Louisville Metro Police Department did not immediately return calls from NBC News about whether they had gotten involved.There’s a camera that they have, and what they do — I’m told this is absolutely true — they sort of sort the women they have by the degree of attractiveness, and particularly the degree of attractiveness of the legs.Leave it to Russia, in that case, to produce a commercial that reaches the pinnacle of dash cam vids.Subaru has found success recently with kidnappably adorable dogs.During the silent era there does not appear to have been much serious thought given to the question of why there might or might not be women working as motion picture camera operators.The handful who did do this work kept a very low profile, and, as a consequence, many in the commercial industry may have thought that there was just no such thing as a female camera operator at all.