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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

From the Mailbag

Regarding the RW post The Good Dearth, Rouge Waver Luzid asks:

How long do you expect this window to last, especially given the possibility of an upcoming SAG strike that may shut the town down once again?

Great question, Luzid. And a question I do not have the answer to. I do know that many managers and executives I have spoken with lately have spoken a bit gloomily about the potential SAG strike. So how's this for an answer - if the strike happens, whether writers are cranking out specs or whether there is another dearth of spec material - shouldn't you be cranking out some great specs right now? Strikes historically affect the industry in ways large and small for some time. Seize this opportunity, Wavers. And seize it quick.

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J.J. said...

I just want to point out that even if there's a actor strike, SAG will allow actors to be in "indie" films (they've all ready signed agreements, aka waivers, with approximately 100 independent production companies, so scripts will still be a valued commodity.

Also, there's that whole AFTRA v. SAG thing, where one side will work for a free meal and a cold drink and the other side wants people to earn a decent salary, etc.

So, if you need work, you know as a writer you'll be able to have an AFTRA sandwich and a cold drink.

PJ McIlvaine said...

I second that emotion!