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What do you do when you're dealing with sensitive material at your work?
Have you ever been concerned that you're working on could offend your audience?
Should you play it safe and avoid offending your audience or is a little controversy going to benefit your project?
In this episode Josh and I talk about how to tread lightly when dealing with potentially volatile material in your work, and how it might affect any of your creative decisions.
Nick works on horror features so from his point of view a little bit of controversial material can sometimes equal "bad press". Shock value is highly sought after from horror directors when it comes to excessive gore, nudity or remarks. But how far is too far?
Josh having worked on a number of corporate/commercial videos that represent big businesses knows all too well the concern of representing a brand faithfully without sending any offensive images or messages.
This year has seen its share of controversy, especially in pop culture. Hollywood seems to offend people regularly with its advertising material:
- There was the fiery reaction to the adverstising of X-Men Apocalypse
- Snickers Super Bowl ad blasted for being anti-feminist/anti-transphobic
- Companies called out for sexist commercials
- 10 Surprisingly Sexist Movies That You Still Love to Watch
- Comedians mock car advertisements for blatant sexism with a simple parody
- And perhaps the BIGGEST lightning rod of controversy this year out of Hollywood: the Ghostbusters reboot. Honest Trailers, a parody YouTube channel that roasts big movies by recutting/redubbing their trailer, knew what hot water they were getting into when they took on the female-led reboot of a beloved movie...so they disabled comments right away. Check it out here.
Have you ever found yourself walking on thin ice when working on your edit? Share your stories with us so we know we're not just talking to ourselves here. We would really like to hear from you.