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A big thing to understand about the potential @IATSE strike is that our billionaire film&TV employers have absolutely *zero* clue what we actually do on-set. The people who force us to work 12-14+ hours a day in set have no clue what it takes to make a movie. #IASolidarity
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(updated numbers from WGA prez.) In 2019, the last “normal” year for movies 322 movies, had 454 writers NOT CREDITED. twitter.com/MulroneyMichel…
And does anyone have any ideas on how to write a Sour Patch Kids movie? Promise to give you credit./15
But the fact is there's a huge problem in front of our faces. Based on the fundamentally dishonest practice of pretending people who wrote on a movie didn't actually write on the movie. It's a problem we as a guild can start to fix on our own, and we should! Vote YES on ALM!/14
Some writers are opposed to changing the credit system that has served them well in the past. And certainly this rule change will not fix everything (cough, cough--- residuals), and there might even be some new small problems it creates. There's always holes to poke./13
And worse yet who's most likely to be brought on later in the process when there's less of a chance to get over 50%? Younger writers. POC writers, female writers being brought in for "authenticity" passes. The people breaking in who MOST need the credits to build their careers/12
Of 213 WGA movies made in 2020 there were 185 writers who wrote on those movies that DID NOT get credit. 185 WRITERS!!! Can you imagine if TV showrunners erased that amount of their staff's credits just because the showrunner wrote more than them in a script?/11
There are several caveats to this 50% number, so don't @ me over this, you can read them all in wga.org/contracts/cred…, but the major takeaway is you can write A TON of a screenplay and still receive no credit, and the WGA's numbers show clearly this is a major problem... /10
An anonymous panel of other writers reads every draft of the movie, from 1st outline to final draft, and assigns a percentage to the writers based on how much of the script they wrote. If it sounds weird to give a numerical value to the subjective creative process, IT IS./9
"Did writer A come up with that joke, or were they building on writer B's joke?" "Did the final writer come up with the thematic statement of the story, or were they just naming an earlier writer's more subtle work?" A collaborative effort instantly becomes toxicly competitive/8
The way this credit is determined is called arbitration, and it's completely batshit insane. Imagine if every writer on a staff had to take the shooting script and argue over who came up with what that went into the script./ 7
Now, here's where TV writers will barf! In TV it's normal to acknowledge that many people OF COURSE had a hand in creating a final product. In features it's the exact opposite. A staggering percentage of writers who work on a project WILL NEVER GET CREDIT! (Or residuals!)/6
When the project is finally completed and close to being released the Guild will send you a list of all the people who wrote on it. Sometimes it's a few names, more often it's a LOT. Here's what it can look like: /5
These concepts can take years to develop, and many writers will often come in and out of the project, contributing all sorts of pieces to the puzzle of getting the script over the production finish line./4
Here's a partial list of recent titles I've been sent to pitch on... Monopoly, Barney The Dinosaur, Sour Patch Kids, Prince Charming, a Chinese Zombie webseries, Duke Nukem, Absent Minded Professor, Santa School, Backstreet Boys Musical. Welcome to the IP party!/3
So there's lots of ways to be a WGA screenwriter, but the workmanlike path towards making a living at it is often to work within the studio system getting jobs on open writing assignments or rewrites. /2
Hey WGA (especially TV writer) friends seeing tweets about "Additional Literary Material credits" and are like WTF anyone is talking about?! Well this is my personal explainer on the labyrinthian hellscape that is feature writing credit... and why you should VOTE YES on ALM/1
Since my previous post about the proposed WGA Additional Literary Material credit, things have grown more heated. In this thread I will explain why I believe voting YES is important for general fairness, as well as diversity and inclusion. THREAD
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WGA folks: I wrote about the Additional Literary Material proposal, and how I got to yes. johnaugust.com/2021/why-i-cha…
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Wait... was there some other world alteringly important thing that happened in science this year? I think it rhymed with Maxine? 🤔twitter.com/PopSci/status/…y
I’m so tired of this anti-abortion argument: “What about a baby’s right to live?” Babies don’t want to live. Not even toddlers want to live. Have you ever met one?? They’re desperate to die - they are trying to kill themselves all day long. All they want is to taste bleach.
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Wow, as a writer for Bridgerton, this is cool news! You know what would also be cool? If I was getting residuals commensurate with working on a huge hit! New media is…just media. Pay up accordingly. twitter.com/DEADLINE/statu…
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this is bullshit #mario casting. my entire family was robbed.
Fellow writers, if you're looking for a way to tangibly support your IATSE coworkers, donate to help a writer's assistant or script coordinator pay their back dues so they can vote on the strike authorization. I did it, and it was fun, easy, and satisfying; join me! #iasolidarity twitter.com/runolgarun/sta…
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It feels like every year crews are asked to make greater and bigger miracles happen on tighter budgets, shorter timelines, less support. Something has to give. This is the good fight! #IATSESolidarity twitter.com/IATSE/status/1…
Wellll, the world called, and told me it needed me to come back to improv comedy. All I can do is answer that call. SEPT 27, 8pm tix here bit.ly/3tXVcPt (vax required, duh)
Small thing but this annoys me BE CONSISTENT
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Looks like my 54 Liked tweet worked. You’re welcome GavGav.
In HS i found out my prom limo had a dvd player, so i made my entire limo watch Dirty Work. Everyone was unhappy, but I kept telling them to be quiet. #NormMacdonald somehow felt famous and also my own personal secret. youtu.be/mpS_d37LWFk
.@EmilyOsment is back on our TVs for Netflix’s #PrettySmart and we’ve got a first look featuring a shirtless @greggsulkin! etonline.com/emily-osment-a…
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Great news guys! This week i finally beat the Screen Time Report game, and got a perfect 24 hour score!
Last chance to not fuck this up California! twitter.com/GavinNewsom/st…
Whoever made this should be in the MoMA
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This is a good point. When anti-vaxxers cite their freedoms, constitutional rights, and–the whitest thing of all–the Founding Fathers to rail against vaccine mandates, do they know what they're talking about? What if I told you this happens EXACTLY every 100 years? A thread. twitter.com/LibertyLumpia/…
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This is such a great local L.A. organization really helping with the day to day needs of newly arrived Afghan refugee families. Support if you can! twitter.com/miryslist/stat…
uhoh i have a sinking feeling that i’m going to be awake at 2am thinking about how Caddyshack 2 is better than Caddyshack
Who wore it better: the guy from Wilco or Anne Ramsey in Scrooged
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Coming up in the NY sketch comedy scene in the early 2000s I spent several years being wildly jealous of Trevor Moore. What a hilarious, talented and kind man. He was always someone to strive towards. Sending love to everyone who knew him.
Want to only support places that are requiring vaccination for on-site indoor dining? Here you go. twitter.com/eaterla/status…
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Hey WGA folks! @adamconover is running for the board and there is no more thoughtful and passionate an advocate for writers. VOTE FOR ADAM! twitter.com/adamconover/st…
The waiter politely explained that’s what a Denver omelette is: A ham omelette. Mason responded “NOT WHEN I ORDER IT!” and then angrily explained to the poor waiter what Kosher laws were. This will forever be my #1 celebrity sighting.
One time I had the joy of sitting next to #JackieMason in a diner and eavesdropping on his table. He ordered a Denver omelette, but after one bite spit it out. He shouted the waiter over, demanding to know “Why is there pig in my Denver omelette!?”
In #SpaceJam2 LeBron and Bugs Bunny stop in the Casablanca Universe to pick up Yosemite Sam for a game of basketball. Which means they chose to do nothing about The Holocaust.
Prayers up for that one porta potty.
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I’m happy for Giannis, but still prefer his original nickname, The Freaky Tzatziki
So proud of these old white millionaire owners for all the sweat and tears they put in to get here.
you do have to feel bad for Chris Paul. Tomorrow he’ll have no one to flop for but his wife and kids.
a lot of babybel cheeses are gonna be made tonight in Milwaukee. #NBAFinals #cheesesex
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