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February 01 2008

WGA Strike - The Writer's Life (and Jane's knees) in this video from the picket line. Shot in Burbank by AlphaT0ne, it features interviews with our own Jane Espenson and fellow WGA writers Patti Carr and Tom Schulman, all talking while walking at the recent Martin Luther King Day picket.

WGA Board member Tom Schulman wrote Welcome to Mooseport, What About Bob and Dead Poet's Society and Patti Carr has written for 'Til Death, Reba and Boy Meets World.

AlphaT0ne is the creator of First March of the Mutant Enemy, Parts 1 and 2 - this new video (10:39) moves at a somewhat slower, more lyrical pace.

Lottsa good Janesian talk on writing and on the strike:

"... my resolve is strong, even if my knees aren't."

Success! Yet another strike video that I avoided appearing in! It is getting harder though, but I do move in mysterious ways.

And my knees hurt too.

By the way, for those wondering, picketers at NBC Burbank have been walking 6-8 miles during each 3 hour shift. Hence the knees. And the hurting.

[ edited by Pliny on 2008-02-01 07:40 ]
Pliny, one of the days they'll get you, 'cause you can run, but you can't hide. And when they've got the cameras trained on you, everyone will think you're Tobey Maguire and ask for your autograph.

I just noticed this Jane blog from the 28th, SAG/WGA Unity Day, in which she mentions Batemans and speeches and fierce winds snapping Joss' picket stick and whipping the sign around the line, threatening life and limb.


ETA: Sorry, ESG - I've changed the link in my comment above. It was to Jane's own blog, and I simply made a mistake and forgot to add the her link to my cut-and-paste html formatting.

Sorry to send you searching through the pages of the L.A. Times for something that wasn't there at all. Their coverage of the strike, for the most part, has been so annoying that it's almost a cruel thing to do.

[ edited by QuoterGal on 2008-02-02 01:32 ]
Hi Whedonesque. I saw a few Mutant Enemy shirts on the line that day, and talked to a lot more writers who didn't want to be on camera (they're writers, not actors after all). The message was this: the strike isn't over until it's over. Please keep supporting the writers. Do what you can! Write those letters! Give a few bucks to Cash for Crews, or participate in the online auctions. There are many ways to support the folks who live to entertain you. Keep it up, and hopefully, the end will be in sight before too long. And thanks for watching!
I just noticed this Jane blog from the 28th, SAG/WGA Unity Day, in which she mentions Batemans and speeches and fierce winds snapping Joss' picket stick and whipping the sign around the line, threatening life and limb.


Can you link directly to the blog? I can't find it on there. Also, it's probably front page material if Jane wrote it and it hasn't been posted yet.
This is really a wonderful video, with some great interviews and some good information. Of course I particularly loved hearing from Jane!
I want the hoodie she's wearing in this video. UC(sun sign)D/Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Well, not the exact same, I'd probably need a larger size.

[ edited by dreamlogic on 2008-02-02 15:06 ]
Nice one! It is always good to hear from Jane and the resolve of all the writers interviewed was good to see. Nice job as always, alphaTone.
FYI - Joss is supposed to be on UnitedHollywood Live any minute - so the show widget is at unitedhollywood.blogspot.com/ or http://www.fans4writers.com/links.shtml.

The Host and he seem to be playing phone tag.

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