On LiveJournal at 206_Bones, Tracie posted a fascinating and well-written (yet painful to read) article by Noah Hawley, one of the Bones staff writers, who penned such scripts as "The Woman in the Car," "A Man on Death Row," and one of my personal favorites, "The Blonde in the Game."
I think you should be able to access it, using this link:
Bones' writer Noah Hawley speaks about the strike
And here's what I had to say afterwards, on 206_Bones:
What scares me too about what Noah Hawley is saying is how not only could the financial aspect of it be controlled by the corporate elite, but so could the creative side. It seems these days the 'middle class' writers already get stuck with very little creative control over their stories. The executives take over and insist upon storylines they'll be able to advertise as 'hot' and 'must see,' even if those script changes devalue the quality of the story arc and the character development the writers were working to accomplish. Losing that creative control -- taking that power away from the professional writers
whose job it is to build the show and its characters -- could mean they'll end up like the rest of us corporate drones, punching a clock, being forced to do it management's way or hit the highway.
Small wonder people bitch about the few truly phenomenal programs out there on the TV schedule these days. If the corporate higher-ups keep taking away the writers' power and involvement, the creative aspect of writing will be stripped away. Soon every show will be a running commercial. There is no art in that.
Hawley is right. The words they write do
have value. That must be protected.
And another thought -- does it always have to come down to how much money the corporation makes? When is it more important to allow for the creation of something amazing and exciting and unique and expressive, something that makes an impact on people's emotions and actions? Where is the line? Can't we do both -- make money for all people involved and
do it right creatively? I guess I've just a big sappy naïve fool, but I wish for a better balance.
What are your thoughts?
I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating [& sharing their experience]. I don't care if it's a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece of music… I think this world would be unlivable without art. ~ S. Soderbergh