Sunday, November 4, 2007

WGA Strike

It looks as if the Writers Guild strike will happen on Monday. It is interesting the various comments about the entire process.

I learned early on that writers are typically at the bottom of the food chain, right below the caterer. This is sad, since writers are so crucial to the process of making films and/or television.

Consider the following:

  • The actors who are chased by papparazzi get famous reading lines written by writers.
  • Directors who win the Oscar® win directing scripts written by writers.
  • Producers who attend gala Hollywood events get there by producing a writer’s work.

Yet, writers get very little notice. In fact, their blood and sweat and tears go into a screenplay that is immediately re-written. I have enjoyed putting months into creating a screenplay, then having a producer say, “It’s good... but the hero’s kid should be a son, not a daughter. And lets make the kid gay. But make him older... like 20. Oh, the hero is 20? Guess I’ll just pass.”

Consider the following:

  • Everybody remembers Arnold Schwarzenegger saying, “I’ll be back.” A writer wrote that line. Do you know his name?
  • Everybody remembers Clint Eastwood saying, “Go ahead. Make my day.” Who wrote that?

I hope this strike accompishes getting us writers just a soupçon of better treatment by the industry that relies so strongly on us.

If you are a writer, you can find strike information here.

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