Synopses & Reviews
Hollywood has seen the number of camerawomen quadruple in the past 15 years. Women Behind the Camera
is the first book to offer an in-depth look at the lives of camerawomen and their struggles to succeed in a male-dominated field. Krasilovsky presents interviews with 23 camerawomen, most of whom are pioneers in Hollywood and whose experiences cover the full range of the Camera Department.
The camerawomen interviewed include all four women Directors of Photography who have achieved membership in the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, one of the first female camera assistants to work at the BBC, camerawomen who worked on Star Trek VI and Terminator 2, and a full range of documentary, experimental, and video camerawomen. These pioneering women, who have filmed in war zones, on mountain peaks, underwater, and on Hollywood sets, discuss their influences, goals, and experiences with directors and stars, and the art of cinematography.
Krasilovsky's interviews with 23 camerawomen provide a useful, informal history of a very recent phenomenon.... These conversations document women's struggle for acceptance by exploring the work lives of women who have taken on roles ranging from camera assistant to experimental filmmaker and director of photography.... All of the interviews are deeply engaging and well presented.... All academic and professional collections.Choice
A vital addition to the current literature on film.Smith Alumnae Quarterly
A vital addition to the nascent film literature regarding the participation of women in the filmmaking process. Krasilovsky is a major contributor to a long neglected but most important segment of serious commentary on our industry and art form.Eric Sherman producer, author faculty, Art Center College of Design
About the Author
ALEXIS KRASILOVSKY is a Professor at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches screenwriting and film production.
Table of Contents
The Pioneers: Starting Out Before 1970
Brianne Murphy, ASC
Judy Irola, ASC
The Pioneers of Second Wave Feminism
The Second Wave: Starting Out in Independent Film
Sandi Sissel, ASC
Nancy Schreiber, ASC
Karen Williams Kane