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The strike appears to be over.

I should take this time to mention that even if the WGA members vote to end the strike and they start working again tomorrow, it will still be around a month before the rest of us are back to work – despite what the mayor of LA says (he made some comment that this needed to get resolved and then everyone would be back to work in a week. I wish, and so does everyone else, I’ll wager).

It takes time to get a production up and running – the script has to be written, then approved by whatever monkey happens to have the  ‘ok’ stamp that day,  then the script has to get ‘broken down’ (where they figure out exactly how much everything in the script is going to cost), budgeted, storyboarded, etc…

Then, we get to start rigging (maybe, if our shows are coming back at all).

Then, we work like hell and hope that SAG don’t go on strike and shut us down again in June, which is when their contract expires.

My big project today is to go see the doctor about the nasty dry rasping cough I’ve had for almost three weeks. I was lucky to get an appointment – since no one’s working, everyone’s got time to go see the doctor.

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8 Responses

  1. Meg says:

    Yeah, everybody I know has had time to see the doctor, have “procedures” or whatever. That and sit at home and watch the “judge” shows (Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, etc etc) Here’s hoping for a speedy ramp-up time, and enough shows to go around to keep people busy!

  2. JCW says:

    I read somewhere that Sally Field cornered the president of SAG at an awards show recently and was rather loudly berating him for not having begun contract talks yet.

    Being an extra up here in S.F., I’ve been able to work during the WGA strike. However if SAG goes out, that’s that.

    I don’t know about episodic television, but I’d be willing to bet there will be quite a few movies ready to go quicker than one might think as they rush to take advantage of this window before the possible SAG strike.

  3. Meg says:

    For crew members, it’s hard to get film work unless you know somebody. True of TV work, too, but my husband the grip has been outta the film market for awhile, and every connection he has is in TV. It’s true, it -IS- who you know.

  4. Dave2 says:

    I always wondered if incomplete scripts existed at the time the writers went on strike which were “mostly done” or in need of simple tweaking… if that’s the case, then perhaps production can get started quicker?

    In any event, nothing can change the fact that TV series’ seasons are being halted or cut short… and, sadly, that’s a lot of lost work for everybody involved.

  5. clyde says:

    i have nothing to do with your life. i don’t even watch tv or go to movies. but having followed your blog for months and reading some of the bloglist, i feel this deep sense of relief for you that the strike is over. smile …

  6. JCW says:

    Dave2,

    I suspect you’re on to something. Certain projects were awaiting small changes and polishing when the strike hit. Financiing was in place, casts and crew were in place. In many instances if not most, the people involved lost the window of opportunity and projects now have to scramble
    to finish screenplays and re-staff and re-cast.

    The Mayor of Castro Street was seemingly one such casuality.

    However, it would seem like many projects without stars or directors in as heavy demand as others might well get polished up and off the ground in short order.

    Here’s hoping.

  7. Charli says:

    I hope you get back to work soon, Peg! Actually, I hope you work on a set with George Clooney, I can’t ever get tired hearing about him, oo la la.

  8. geekhiker says:

    I was glad to hear that the strike is finally over, but also sorry that so many other people (i.e. the below-the-liners who weren’t involved) got hosed by the whole deal.

    Hope your show starts back up soon!

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