Most women can’t talk for more than 60 seconds without bringing up a guy. It’s been scientifically proven.

Oh sorry, typo. That should read: most women on film can’t talk for more than 60 seconds without bringing up a guy. That has been scientifically proven, or at least calculated. According to the Bechdel Test, nearly half of contemporary films don’t contain a single minute-long conversation between two named female characters that is not about a man.

Consider the 2015 Academy Awards. Of the eight films nominated for Best Picture, all eight were stories about men. All eight had a male director, a male writer, and a male cinematographer, with the exception of Selma, whose director Ava DuVernay was overlooked for a Best Director nomination.

Six out of eight films failed the Bechdel Test.

In the best directing, writing, and cinematography categories, there were a total of twenty-five nominees. Not a single one was a woman.

What are the implications? Films, which have a major impact on society, gender relations, and how children form their conception of the world and their place in it, have very few interesting, complex, nuanced roles for women.

How do we solve this problem? We cut to the reason it exists. In the past five years, fewer than 5% of movies were directed by women. Only 9% of screenplays in the same period were written by women. The reason we do not have enough interesting female characters of all ages on the screen is that we do not have enough women behind the cameras, producing, directing and writing them.

Increasing the number of female filmmakers is an important step on the path to a film industry that can regularly produce outstanding, well-written, entertaining films with interesting and multi-faceted characters of BOTH genders.

Making film like these is the reason Scalise Pictures exists.