RogueScribner wrote:Most writers, directors, and actors live from project to project. They aren't raking in millions. Sometimes weeks, if not months, could pass between projects. How are actors supposed to be able to audition, writers to work on their spec script, or directors pitch their ideas if they are constantly waiting tables? That's one of the ideas behind the residuals: it's a bit of a safety net between jobs. The other idea is that when people pour their creative soul into a project and a studio rakes in the cash hand over fist, it stands to reason the people who actually created the project should share in the success. The studio system is dead for a reason and it's mainly because you can't trust a company to do the right thing by its employees.
Nor do these people NEED millions to live off of...
We all know that unless the budget is low, or the creative team is self producing the movie, everyone involved is still working for a boss, the producers.
My dad work construction for 22 years and managed to still paint his art every night. He sold dozens of works that he poured his creative soul into, and several of those paintings were then resold to other people. But he got what he asked for when he sold his art and said good bye to it as it was no longer physically his. But he still did what he loved to do and made a few bucks at it while maintaing a job.
So when one POURS their creativity into a screen play, then sells said screenplay for money, its no longer theirs. Yeah, they wrote it, but they then sold it away for a price and now the intity that paid their money for said screenplay now own it and may do what every they want with it. This is basic economics...
Look at what the basic pay is for an INDY script
applicable Guild minimum for an original screenplay purchase is $37,962:
Thats almost a years pay for most people, easily liveable even in Los Angles standards.
But the writer dosnt get all of that as they will have to pay their Union dues ontop of that.
Its all middle man crap.
And this whole strike isnt just over residuals either, as proven early on in this bs, the WGA is trying to every writer under their banner.
As part of this campaign September 20, 2006, WGAw held a Los Angeles, California unity rally in support of the America's Next Top Model writers strike. President Patric Verrone said: "Every piece of media with a moving image on a screen or a recorded voice must have a writer, and every writer must have a WGA contract
Thats just a fucking power trip bull shit right there.
Sound like the WGA heads would like every single writer under their thumb and control.