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Ulf Dalquist <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 16 Aug 1996 20:55:12 +0100
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Mike Sime wrote:
>Obviously my friend Ulf, YOU haven't been approached by big teamster
>types whilst shooting on the streets of Manhattan. They walk right thru
>the set like they own it, and tell the producer/director/production
>manager that YOU GOTTA hire some of his guys to drive the equipment
>trucks, or someother nonsence....
>Or maybe been at the Javitz convention center trying to do your set
>up,when the 'house' guy comes by ans sez that YOU GOTTA have a HOUSE
>electrician plug in yer lights and monitors...ANOTHER one to hook up your
>gear, and yet ANOTHER one to push the gear around...funny how they think
>I need THREE other people to do the job that I did myself....
>Now I try real hard to not have producers push me around, but I also like
>the abiulity to take I job that I want at $250 instead of $450, to waive
>a moronic meal penatity because we ate lunch at 6 & 1/2 hours instead of
>6, and maybe give them a hour of OT. I'd rather make friends with the
>producer and have them hire me again than nickel & dime them and leave a
>rotten taste in their mouth after the job.
>Thank the production gods that NY has a thriving independent community,
>and there is as much non-union work as there is union work. Unions have
>their place, and part of it IS in the film & video community, but their
>confrontational attitude pisses off too many people, and does more harm
>than good. (anyone remember the boycott of the early 90's?)
>There is nothing worse than when you're doing your job and some STRANGER
>confronts you and says YOU GOTTA....I'd share my resoponse with you here,
>and take advantage of Jeremy's responce to "YOU
>GOTTA" is a simple "no I don't", and if they persist, a simply understood
>NY response, loosley translated as "Fornicate thou!"
>ok, enough ranting...
I see your point. But, what my original post was all about wasn't whether
unions are a pain in the derri=E8re for the people involved in the actual
handicraft of fillmaking or not. What I meant was that unions obviously
isn't that bad for the  financers, the big bucks that usually keeps griping
about unions being the ultimate threat to free enterprise. OK, some may say
that the money-men could have made even more profit if it weren't for
unions, but I really can't see the point in that When the producers of TRUE
LIES get their money back it's a clear sign that it's to easy to make money
on shitty films. :-P
When it comes to unions and their pushing around of simple workers, I can't
nut agree at times. Still, they're nothing compared to the boss.
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