Ever wonder what all those writers have been doing with their pent-up creativity during the strike? They’ve put it into the Internet, using the same medium over which they’ve been fighting for compensation as a platform to express their position. Or, in some cases, they’re just showing off their writing chops. Variety spotlights the five best examples so far:
SPEECHLESS: EPISODE 34
United Hollywood’s campaign of high-profile SAG members showing their solidarity with the writers got viral heat with this installment starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, in which three young ladies make the most of a no-show date with the AMPTP.
VOICES OF UNCERTAINTY
This slick little clip reel features conglomerate honchos spouting optimistic projections for Internet revenues on TV, then freezes each interview to add the sarcastic caveat as profits apply to writers (such as, “Screens will be fed. Writers not so much.”).
JACK AND TONY’S DAY OFF
Sitting near the Hollywood sign drinking brewskis, Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida (impersonated by short filmmakers Sean Coyle and Brian Hall) debate how to spend their day now that the writing staff isn’t around to tell them what to do.
THE PHONE BOOK: THE MOVIE
In a world without writers, AMPTP brass agree to adapt “the No. 1 book in America”: the phone book. This fake trailer cleverly cuts together scenes of the popular directory from half a dozen movies, including “Back to the Future” and “The Terminator.”
WRITERS GUILD STRIKEDOWN
Oren Kaplan’s polished (if mixed-message) short opens with two slick agency types walking into a Silver Lake coffeeshop, where they bust a guild member doing unsanctioned rewrites. Conceived before the strike, the parody pokes fun at scabs, not the AMPTP.