|Tim Kazurinsky riffs on Writers Strike on WGN Video|
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Date uploaded: 2007-11-07
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Description: Remember Sweetchuck from Police Academy? Well the man who played him, Tim Kazurinsky is actually a writer, too (SNL, numerous movies & TV) and has a very unique take on how the "greedy" writers are out to get the "poor" producers in the current WGA Strike.
Tim Kazurinsky riffs on Writers Strike on WGN Video
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this guy's from my hometown. he's hilarious
His presentaion reminded me of the doctor he played on "SNL News" who would flip cards of various medical conditions.
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It is worth mention that Tim himself was the victim of a strike; he was off work for a few months immediately after his first episode of Saturday Night Live in April 1981.
um, irrational is not standing up for what you deserve. Thats like saying Oliver Twist was a bad person when he asked for "more."lol, the vid is cool though
The "Hollywood Reporter" quoted Thomas Short, President of IATSE (union of stage hands & motion pic techs, etc.) as saying,"I don't believe the WGA ever intended to bargain in good faith. They are destroying a lot of lives in the process. As a result of their irresponsible and irrational behavior, the number of IA members who have lost work is approaching 40,000 people."
Thanks Steve.You see, this is the type of response that makes a lot more sense then these ridiculous artistic movies that no one is writing but which appear all over youtube.Its interesting how many people give negative responses to questions (like mine) which are actually allow the writers to prove their point !!
Might wanna be careful what you say or you'll anger the 'set builders union' :)
The answer to your first question is Yes. Let's say a grip takes his kid to the dentist and his insurance pays for it ... that insurance is funded by residuals.However, those residuals only go back so far. Someone who worked on Casablanca doesn't get residuals. Until the 1960s, there was no such thing as residuals. For anyone.So what changed in the 1960s, which ended up getting residuals for EVERY unionized worker on a film?The WGA WENT ON STRIKE. And won.
Yes, in the form of pension, health & welfare. For now.Yes, in the form of pension, health & welfare. For now.I don't know. Depends on if they're in a union or not.In any case, if the writers lose this strike, all three of those Yeses will turn into Noes when the IATSE contract is up for renewal in a couple of years.
First, becoming a successful writer takes years of unpaid, dedicated, hard work plus TALENT. Once "successful" that success is NEVER guaranteed. Writing means constantly working and preparing for that next job if and when it comes.Second, to be blunt and based on my first point-which is more difficult and therefore more valued? Writing Casablanca or building the set?
And to talk about buying into PROPEGANDA...the AMPTP has virtually no argument in this fight. They've hired THE most expensive spin doctors in the county to help with overwhelming support of the WGA. They are promoting 2 FALSE ideas that they're hoping people will buy into: All writers are rich The WGA is responsible for below the line crew being out of work.
InfernalD-A very small % of WGA members make the kind of $ one would call "very good". Stats. show that at any time only 20% of WGA members are actually making $ from writing, and an even smaller % of that group have a steady job (if you can call writing on a show steady-all shows end within a # of yrs). The fight for residuals is about the protection for the time when a writer is busting ass to find a job or the next job.
Actually I thought my question was pretty much blatently obvious :Does a grip operator or camera operator receive royalties each time the scene they helped produced is shown ?IE : Does the person who filmed the famous scenes in Casablanca or Gone with the wind receive any extra money when ever the film is sold, or royalties when ever the scene is used ?
Agreed 100% +1 to you infernaldistaster for putting it so succinctly.
If your question is actually about the below-the-line crew of a TV or film, and do they receive residules? Yes, if they are represented by one of the many Unions in the entertainment industry they receive either directly, or indirectly (health plan/retirement plan funding) from the TV reruns, and the DVD sales.When the WGA strike succeeds in getting a piece of internet and new media profits, then everyone will benefit.
You have a point with the "it's their money, their risk" argument. But you fail to notice one big fact: Without the writers, there's no product. It's similar to saying that a child doesn't belong to his parents but to the rich uncle who showers him with money, candy, toys, tools for his education, etc.
Sh0KcWave, respectfuly, you have no idea at all of what a GRIP does, do you?
By the way, studios have every right to make good money. It's their money that's foots the bill and it's their money that is at the greatest risk of being lost if a program/movie fails.