I’M NOT EVEN IN THE INDUSTRY, WHAT CAN I DO?
We call for solidarity between the artists and the audience. It is the artists, not the studios, that create the films you love to watch. We want to continue to create them, and we want you to continue to be entertained by them.
You only need to do one thing: Refuse to go see Man of Steel on the week of June 14th.
Show Warner Brothers that you, the audience, care about the artists, and you want those artists to keep bringing you the stuff you want to see.
Why Warner Brothers? Because out of the studios who had shows at Rhythm & Hues when they revealed they were in trouble, according to the New York Times, Warner Brother was the only one who refused to help R&H continue on their shows, and instead demanded that assets be delivered back. If you love movies as much as we do, take this very seriously, and ask your friends to skip Man of Steel, and instead go see This Is The End, with Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, and James Franco. Don’t worry. That will have visual effects, too! And hopefully more laughs.
And it isn’t forever. Just a week. You see…the average window of opportunity for a summer blockbuster to succeed is about two weeks before screens have to open up for the NEXT summer blockbuster. If we close that window by half, that is a significant message to the studios that they are not the important ones.
And for the hundreds of talented individuals breaking their backs on Man of Steel at the moment. This is not a slight on your efforts or your work. You lose nothing from having the box office revenue delayed. You have already been paid (hopefully). You do not benefit from residuals. You have no stake in the success or failure of the film. This is more than seeing your name up on the screen (again, hopefully), just after the caterers and transportation department.
Unionizing the artists internationally? That’s hard. NOT watching a movie for a week? I can do that all day long.
Support the Artists. Wait a week.