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in Filmmaking
on Feb 28, 2009

Over at Deadline Hollywood Daily, Nikki Finke publishes an email that is circulating among IATSE members that is a satirical attack on IA leadership for not aggressively expanding jurisdiction into New Media productions. And while I sympathize with union members who are watching the entertainment conglomerates move into web production, I have to wonder whether the below really helps their cause:


“New Media” production company seeks crew for experimental project. Applicants must be able to create, research, write, coordinate, production design, art direct, construct, paint, dress & decorate sets, location manage, assist direct, design/tailor/supply costumes, do hair & make-up, shoot, operate, focus, slate, set marks, load, take still photographs, record sound, boom, cable, light, dimmer board operate, dolly, grip, rig, build, buy, create & supply props, prop master, on-set dress, on-set prop, script, video assist & playback, stand-in, stunt coordinate, do stunt work, special effects, cast, act, telecine, edit, sound-edit, supervise music, post-production supervise, stage manage, cater & craft service, medic, animal wrangle, supply & drive production vehicles, transport equipment and any personnel. Must own your own equipment. 2 positions available. Rates, terms and conditions of employment negotiable. IATSE members only please.

The first sentence here is obviously a facetious one. That said, there are new media production companies making genuinely experimental pieces with no clear revenue stream on the web… and, as the email implies, they should hire separate people for all these positions?

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