This Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the oft unsung yet always vital contributions of those working below the line. Join NYWIFT blog contributors Kathryn O’Kane and Mellini Kantayya as they celebrate a few of the many women in history and making history—“Below the Line: A Cut Above.”
By Kathryn O’Kane
Rachel Morrison is an American cinematographer known for her arresting and haunting imagery. She created a name for herself in independent cinema with films like Fruitvale Station, Dope and Little Accidents. In 2018, she became the first woman DP nominated for an Academy Award for Mudbound.
“I’ve always liked very photorealistic photography, even in a very lit and collaborative film world,” Morrison says. “I try to see what is at the heart of the story and the character at a given moment, and let story and emotion be the factors that inform the technique. That’s almost an old-school philosophy at this point.”
Most recently, Morrison lensed the big budget superhero movie Black Panther, a film where many of the key positions were women, including the DP, first AD, Costume Designer, and Production Designer. When asked what it was like to work with so many strong women on the set, Morrison said “it was awesome. It was refreshing. You don’t realize what you’re missing until you have it…it felt so smooth and calm and I was like why isn’t every set like this?”
Fun fact: I’ve worked with Rachel on two wildly different projects: an inspiring episode of Oprah’s Master Class featuring Sidney Poitier, and an over-the-top kitschy Vegas ping-pong tournament, which normally would be a footnote in our respective careers but for the fact that it was the day Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died.
(Featured Image Photo Credit: rachelmorrison.com)
Ruth E. Carter is an American costume designer (and NYWFT Designing Women honoree!) with an unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character. And this year she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for costume design for her work in Black Panther.READ MORE
Joi McMillon made Oscar history in 2018 when she became the first African American woman nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing for Moonlight. But the road to the Oscars wasn’t straight or smooth.READ MORE
This Women's History Month we celebrate women working below the line! Originally from Singapore, Ai-Ling Lee is the first Asian woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for sound editing. In 2016 she was nominated for sound editing and sound mixing for the modern musical La La Land.READ MORE
Diversity Wins: The Oscars this weekend proved historic on several fronts: Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter (one of our first Designing Women honorees)...READ MORE