Friday, November 09, 2007

'Why We Fight'

WGA explains Why We Fight and their blog addresses the DGA question - or at least media spin about the DGA question.

It's somehow extra insulting that not only do too many film studies classes focus on and/or worship The Director, but their guild is seen as the bigger star as well.

I recall in college, my film studies professor spoke nearly exclusively about what the director was doing in this scene, or why the director had his characters say this in that scene. I asked once whether the director in fact had his characters say anything and whether, perhaps, the director merely framed the writer's work. My professor said, well, yeah, the writers wrote the words, but we were just going to say "director" as a shorthand for the film's author.

That always bothered me.

Strike on, WGA. I'm on your page.

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