Hollywood has to pay writers and artists more because you do not get movies like Spiderverse without an intense amount of skill, love, and dedication, and that DEMANDS to be compensated so much more than 'fairly'.
Holy shit what a fucking movie. On every god damn level.
It executed on every level so far beyond my expectations. The animation, the design, the soundtrack, the sound design, the writing-- THE FUCKING WRITING-- the acting, the dialogue, the pacing, the STORY OH MY GOD.
Me and my cousin were and still are screaming about it. We're going again as soon as we can gather up some nerds to take with us. Stunning. Phenomenal. 1000/10 only one note:
PAY ARTISTS MORE
ALL OF THEM. WRITERS, MUSICIANS, SOUND TECHS, DESIGNERS, BACKGROUND ARTISTS, CHARACTER ARTISTS, ALL OF THEM.
CMP did a wonderful job with The Winchesters, and if I'm supposed to feel the sting of a loss, then I guess I don't. We got more to the SPN story and saw what a great project Janneel can make. I continue to look forward to what CMP has on their to do list. I trust their ventures implicitly. I am sorry for people who feel like they've been crushed one too many times, but as for myself, I'm not there.
So, the DGA cut a deal with the AMPTP. There are definitely some writers who are upset about this, but TBH I'm not one of them. Because...
DGA gonna DGA. I always knew they'd use our strike as leverage to cut a deal. The question was if the WGA can use that deal to establish pattern bargaining for what we needed, and they actually seem to have addressed 3 of our big issues so good on them. 2 more than I thought!
For all intents and purposes, the DGA is structurally incapable of striking, so they were always going to play good cop to us "crazy writers" to maximize their gets. They got foreign streaming residuals, AI, and some gains in comedy and variety.
In all likelihood, the WGA can get all of the above now with pattern bargaining (once SAG is either done or on strike). They also got some gains against free work, which is promising. That leaves only a few things we need on the table, which is good for us.
In a lot of ways, this is the best-case scenario, even though it probably stings for some who hoped they'd go out with us. That was never going to happen. Because, like I said... DGA gonna DGA.
And at this point in my life and career, there are some mistakes I think I know better than to make.
Are you surprised? Fandoms have become notorious anti-writer spaces. Studios love you guys. They can cut the budgets, cut the number of writers, cut the wages of the writers, and you guys always blame the writers. “The writers ruined the show!” It’s never “the studios ruined the show.”
I hate to break it to you: more than half the shows you complain were “ruined by the writers”, were ruined by the studios. Studios cut the scenes and arcs you were excited for. Studios cut the budget of the show, or even raise the budget of the show and force a “bigger, louder, bolder” tone on shows that were unexpected hits (this is where we get “the Netflix look” on every show post-Stranger Things and Queen’s Gambit).
You guys do not do your research. Half your fanfics are tagged with bad faith digs at the writers, when a few searches would reveal how strapped that show was and how poorly the writers were treated. Writers are being given a 10 weeks to write 10 episodes. How are good arcs and scenes supposed to happen under that time limit, with a max of only four writers?
Tumblr, the self-proclaimed “pro-union, pro-worker, pro-artist” site is also a major fandom site. You guys rarely practice good faith consumer etiquette for television and film writers, because your fandom salt always turns you against writers. And studios love you for it.
Yeah, individual writers do create bad writing from time to time. But so do painters, chefs, and musicians. Directors and actors sometimes refuse to film certain scenes or follow a show’s projected style and arc, and the writers always get the crap for a bad performance or a poorly directed episode. This isn’t to blame actors or directors; it’s to point out that you guys have one villain, and it’s always the writers. You guys never give writers the same grace you give animators, designers, directors, actors, composers, and editors.
Studios love you every time you say “the writers ruined the show.” Every single popular fandom is guilty of this. View any of the “why did the writers cut this scene, they hate my characters” talk when leaked scenes hit the internet. Writers barely get paid for what they do write. You think they’re writing scenes and then happily throwing them in the shredder? You guys just eat the talk that studios put out. Always have.
I guess that this is as good of a time as any to remind people that WRITERS MAKE THE STORY!!!! I cannot count how many times I see posts praising tv directors for things that are simply not their doing. That iconic line of dialogue? Yeah a screenwriter wrote that. The characters you love? Screenwriter. The places, the plot lines, the developments? Writers.
A show CANNOT happen without a script because a script is necessary for EVERYONE to do their job right. It dictates what set to look for/create, the filming schedule, the casting calls, the costumes and so on. It's not just words on a paper, its the backbone for all of production and it deserves to get recognised as the integral part of tv and film as it is.