Saturday, February 18, 2006

Ignored! AGAIN!

Ok, people, this shit makes me mad. I was checking out the trailer for the latest Basic Instinct movie at www.hollywood.com when I noticed something... And it didn't make me happy! If you click on the "movie info" link, it will give you a long list of credits. For everyone. EXCEPT THE SCREENWRITER!

WHAT THE FUCK!

I've emailed them and asked them WHY??!! Obviously, since it's Saturday, I don't expect a response right away. It'll be interesting to see if they change their wicked, wicked ways. Why don't we give them a hand and let them know that we (their "consumers") are NOT happy about the way they are handling their business?

Here's a couple links for you...


JBander@ny.hollywood.com (sales)

editor@boca.hollywood.com (editor)

9 Comments:

At 1:32 PM, February 19, 2006, Anonymous Eddie said...

I don't see why you are offended. With rare exception for big name writers who often direct and produce, I don't believe the public cares who wrote the screenplay. It won't bring their ass to the seat, so why bother posting it in an ad? I doubt they care about production company people either; just the big name star(s) and maybe the director.

Checking out the writers of Basic Instinct 2 at IMDB, nothing in their credentials screams "Hey, you better see this movie because all of our other movies were awesome." Nothing against them at all; they're working writers.

If we're talking respect for writers on a general level, that's fine and dandy. And maybe more screenwriters would be household names(not necessarily a good thing), but I don't see any snub here.

Keep writing, Writergurl. We should all hope to be so snubbed someday. :)

 
At 6:45 PM, February 19, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Eddie, I care because it's a symptom of the general lack of respect that screenwriter's get. IF they're gonna list the freaking CREW's credits (which no one in the sudience cares about either) then they can damn well credit the person who wrote the damned movie!

 
At 6:52 PM, February 19, 2006, Blogger deepstructure said...

ya interesting point. but they also didn't mention who did the score (something i care about as a musician), nor the director of photography (also something that as a colorist and visual artist im interested in).

in fact one of the only things i wondered in watching the trailer was who the dp was (well, that and which poor fx artist had to go through the entire movie and make ms stone look 15 years younger!). the rest of it looks terrible and if i was one of the writers i'd probably rather not have it advertised that i wrote it!

one of the advantages writers have over actors. they can do work just for the money and no one really notices. ;)

 
At 12:23 AM, February 20, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Actually, I've done some more investiagating and they DO list the writer as well as everybody including the craft services guy but you have to click on the little "more" button for it to take you into the FULL DETAIL screen.

I still don't like it. If they can list the director and the producers on the "main" page they can damn well list the writer, after all, with out a story, there IS no movie to shoot.

 
At 2:27 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger RKBentley said...

As much as I would love to agree about the writer getting shafted...this is Basic Instinct 2 we're talking about...

 
At 2:44 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Yes, it is BI2 but the neglect of screenwriting crdits is pervasive through the ENTIRE site!

 
At 3:03 PM, February 20, 2006, Anonymous alexandra said...

Writers never get the credit they deserve whether they write for the screen or, books (stories, remember them?) The Director, Producer or Publisher always take the credit. Why is that? Anyway, glad to see you are back writing the blog.

 
At 5:52 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Alexandra.. sadly it's too true. But that doesn't mean we writers have to take it lying down!

Thanks for being glad I'm back!

 
At 6:44 PM, February 25, 2006, Blogger Alicia said...

Didn't you know that actors come up with the dialogue all on their own? And lest we forget their genius ideas and thoughtful character development. For some reason Josh Friedman's tale of the "international superstar" referring to the screenplay as "story bullshit" comes to mind here...

 

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