bardic_lady: (chessy - hooray)
bardic_lady: (starbuck - don't make me come over)
NBC Entertainment Chief Ben Silverman writes himself an EPIC FAIL.
bardic_lady: (alia - waiting)
Did you know that walking the mid-sized loop of the picket line in front of NBC in Burbank for a regular three hour shift means walking 6-7 miles? I didn't until yesterday. I've now been out to the lines three times, Pencil Day, last Thursday with Savvy and Kate, and yesterday, by myself. I'm thinking I'm going to try to make Monday a regular picketing day for me until either the strike is resolved or I get a job that makes it impossible. It's an important cause, it gets me out of the house, and it's a nice social event. I spent a while yesterday walking with an expat Canadian and we talked about immigration and Paul Gross. Fun.

In other good news, BSG s3 is FINALLY available for pre-order on Amazon! Whee! I have, of course, already ordered it, using the Borders card earmarked for that purpose since graduation. YAY!

The BSG wall calendar is sort of a disappointment. No pics of Mary McDonnell, the horrid Lee/Dee promo shot, and Kara and Sam immediately post-wedding. Blech.

I has the Frankie and Annette Beach Party 4-disc 8 film set! YAY! I'm a bad feminist. I love those movies...

Tomorrow I send out another round of resumes to Shakespeare Companies around the world, followed, likely next week, by a round to studios asking about script development, research, and archival work. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE FRAKKIN' HIRE ME??

Shout outs go to [ profile] sparklegirl79 and [ profile] loblolly for keeping me sane in this very difficult time.
bardic_lady: (starbuck - harfleurs)
So, it's had more than a week to sink in, and I've been lacking in cheery posts, so it's time to recap December 10, Pencils2Moguls Day.

I, as a strong proponent of the writers in the WGA strike, volunteered to be one of the fans who helped deliver the 550,000 pencils that fans bought in support of the WGA to the the studio heads. I drove out to Burbank a week ago Monday morning (I'm getting really familiar with the route to Burbank) and met up with the other fans and the writers in Johnny Carson Park. I met the primary fan-draw writers, Ron Moore, Jane Espenson, and Joss Whedon. Jane was doing "bring an actor to strike" and so Danny Strong, who played Jonathan on Buffy was there, too. *FANGIRL SQUEE OF DOOM* Somehow, Jane and I ended up talking about Danny's ears and whether they were proportional...Meanwhile, Danny jokingly espoused turning over cars.

I TALKED TO RON MOORE. I ASKED HIM A QUESTION. HE SAID IT WAS A COOL IDEA AND HE'D POSE IT TO THE WRITERS!!! If anything about how Starbuck and Apollo got their callsigns shows up in s4...that was ME!!!!

Anyway, I walked behind Ron, Joss, and Jane all the way from NBC to Disney and we stood there on a street corner and ALL FOUR OF US geeked out about GalaxyQuest! AND THEY WERE GEEKIER THAN ME!! Joss was talking about Guy and quoting at the top of his voice (which I definitely did too...) and Ron said that when he first saw it, when they got to the part with the fan kids navigating Commander Taggart and Madison through the ship, Terry turned to him and was like "That's you, isn't it?" EEEEEEEEE!!!

After Disney had refused the pencils too (I've never been ordered off a property by cops before. Clearly I'm doing something wrong) I went up to Joss, he complimented my jewelry, and I asked if I could shake his hand. We shook and then he said "I'm upping the ante" and he HUGGED ME. JOSS WHEDON HUGGED ME!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I walked back to my car with a woman who's been writing for Power Rangers for sixteen years and we talked about the sci-fi fantasy scene and how PR fits into it and it was actually very interesting.

I will definitely go out and join the picket line again, possibly Thursday, if te rain lets up. I don't mind striking in the rain, I'm less sure about driving an hour in it.

So that's my story of how my life was made and here are the pics that prove it. )
bardic_lady: (dramaturg - rushing in)
With the WGA strike in progress and Broadway techs about to walk out, it's clear that America needs to reevaluate the way we fund entertainment and culture. The Writer's Guild of America is striking over payment of residuals that pertain to New Media and the internet. Local One, the Broadway chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, would be striking over work hours and payment for load-ins.

Obviously, television and film need writers. Sure you can say 'oh, reality tv', but be reasonable. Everything, even reality tv, has some kind of script. Someone decides where the contestants are going on Amazing Race. Someone writes the host monologues. Writers are absolutely necessary. And the strike resolution is important because when SAG contracts are up at the end of the year, the results of this strike will determine the bargaining position of the next negotiation. And that's actors.

Possibly even more obviously, theatre needs techs. I don't think I have to explain it. No techs, no shows. No techs, no lights, no sound, no curtains, no costumes, no props, no sets. Without techs, you better be doing minimalist, street clothes shows with mimed items during the day outside and pray it doesn't rain.

With that in mind, think about how this might impact you. Think about how payment works in your field. Think about the entertainment and, yes, fandoms you love. (Remember the 2005-2006 Hockey lockout) And ask yourself how this can be solved. What can you do?

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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