Though there were only three days in the workweek, I hopped around to a number of studios. Herewith -- before I totter off into overeating land -- a few snippets from the days recently gone by:
A lead Disney Feature artist:
"Some of us told marketing that opening Bolt against Twilight was a bad idea. They said they knew best ..."
Which reminds me of a letter writer-producer-director Nunnally Johnson wrote to a friend regarding the marketing department at 20th Century-Fox:
"The marketing people here on the lot said the failure of the picture was a 100% the fault of production ..."
This was fifty-five years ago. Funny how most things never change. If the film underperforms, it's the creators responsibility. If the picture succeeds, the credit should be given to the folks who put together the terrific advertising campaign.
And at another studio across town, management sent out the following memo to the artists:
There is a real possibility that SAG will decide to go on strike as early as January ...
Hopefully this contract dispute will be resolved without a strike but everyone should be prpeared that there is a possiblity that this may happen. We're not sure how this would impact productions at this time.
Enough to set teeth on edge, yes? No wonder people are asking me what I know about the voice actors going out.
Lastly, at Film Roman, artists still aren't sure of future production plans for The Simpsons. Is the Yellow Family good for one more season? Two? Five? If Fox and Gracie Films know the answer, they aren't revealing it.
It's yet another workplace wrinkle that has made things tense. When I was up there yesterday and gave my usual cheery "Hi how's things going?", the artist I posed the question to growled: "Don't ask."
If you can, have a good four-day holiday anyway.