11/13/2007

Why this is so important

In the clip below, screenwriter (FIELD OF DREAMS, SNEAKERS) and WGAw board member Phil Alden Robinson recounts turning points in Guild history and why the strike of 2007 is this generation of writers' watershed moment.

11 comments:

Office-writer said...

Ummmmmmm......nothing is there. You have your little intro and then there's just a big white space before the comments field. Where's his piece? Why IS this so important?

jnfr said...

You may not have the flash plug-in that lets you view the video.

Corey said...

This is a very cogent and informative message from an wonderfully soft spoken, intelligent and talented writer. Thanks for sharing it here.

jm said...

Well spoken and accessible: Exactly what it should be. The more you can demythologize the history of golden Hollywood, the better things will be for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of Field of Dreams. its kind of over the top, cheesy, etc.

I guess you have to appreciate sports to enjoy the film.

chriskalani said...

This was pretty good. I finally understand and agree. I am also wondering if anyone else gets a piece of this money. Like the actors and other people involved. Or is it just the writers that have been cut out?

That is pretty lame because the writing is pretty much everything!!

The One True b!X said...

This is one of the best videos yet. Now linked in Fans4Writers' new News section and in our revised Srike FAQ.

QuoterGal said...

This is wonderful - the historical context is so helpful, he's completely articulate, and visually, the old Hollywood photos are a treat.

''I can't talk about Hollywood. It was a horror to me when I was there and it's a horror to look back on. I can't imagine how I did it. When I got away from it I couldn't even refer to the place by name. 'Out there,' I called it.'' - Dorothy Parker

Anonymous said...

Field of Dreams actually has very little to do with "sports". Expand your mind, man.

ItaloSuave said...

Where and How do I join the Writers Guild of America as a Screenwriter? The greed of the corporations and the people who run them, is unbounded. Their only problem, really, is that the Creative talents who write and perform the work of entertaining the rest of society while we are more and more zombified by modernity, corporatism, and giantism in government, is that we are real people for a few more years, until everything is faked and digitized in a studio or computer somewhere. I am still looking for my two nickels to rub together for my movie ideas that worked wonders for Adam Sandler, Steve Ross, Michael Eisner and others. Ownership of the means of production, Baby. You have to Own IT. - ItaloSuave

Anonymous said...

Excellent summary. Good luck with your strike. You are absolutely correct about this being a watershed moment.