://www.mattwelch.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?__mode=red&id=1121">Matt Welch at September 21, 2002 01:00 PM

Let's lay it on the line here. None of this run-away production would exist if the richer than anyone ought to be movie stars refused to go to Canada and break local unions. The SAG has never supported an IA strike or any strike by the sweat guys in the last 50 years. The only strikes they pay attention to are ones the writers and directors call and that is because they might not hire them if they refused support.

Directors, actors, and to some extent writer/producers lead the charge to the north and none of them give a shit about the local unions, businesses, or lower level employees around here.

And oh yes, they are all liberals. Naturally. What else?

Posted by: Howard Veit at September 22, 2002 09:40 PM

L.A. does have its advantages for filming for big budget productions but for those making a relatively small budget film, say total under $300K the lengths that small cities are willing to go to gain a small amount of publicity are overwhelming for the small filmmaker.

I remember working on a relatively low budget film and hearing all the workers complain about the film being non-union but the truth was pretty much everyone on the set was happy to be working on something that could have had the potential to be big.

Posted by: Cal Ulmann at September 22, 2002 09:59 PM

When I was young I produced four low budget films with fast trucks and no permits. I used stolen short ends from major studio productions, real estate agents provided me with homes that people had left vacant while on vacation, etc. I was shooting on the run always. City employees at Griffith Park once started parading in front of a shot til I bribed their union. I could go on, but fuck the permits, the teamsters, the whatevers: just shoot the fucking thing.

This has zero to do with major studio run away production that couldn't exist without the big movie stars joining the parade north.

Posted by: Howard Veit at September 23, 2002 06:07 AM
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