There’s been little to laugh about as producers and the WGA square off over contract negotiations.
But half a dozen writers have worked up a zippy comedy short dubbed “Heroes of the Writers Strike” that riffs on what scribes might be doing instead of pounding out scripts during a work stoppage.
Backed by the Bachman-Turner Overdrive ditty “Taking Care of Business,” the 60-second film was shot in two days and is posted online at Funnyordie.com and on YouTube. The lineup includes Paul Guay (“Liar, Liar”) working as a tailor, Tom Donnelly (“Sahara”) at a burger stand, Doug Eboch (“Sweet Home Alabama”) at a bowling alley, Harris Goldberg (“Deuce Bigalow”) selling notecards on the street and Cindy Davis Hewitt and husband Donald Hewitt (“Spirited Away”) reading to their children.
“If there’s a strike, I guess I’ll work on my haiku,” Guay muses.
The idea for the film came a few weeks ago when Dave Garrett was hanging out with Gregg Rossen and Brian Sawyer (“Model Family”), who wrote and directed.
In the last segment, Dave Garrett (“Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo”) saunters up to a car, sticks his head in the car and proclaims, “I’m going to rock your world.” The short concludes on a semi-serious note that it was brought to you via the Internet — “Ya know, the thing we don’t get paid for.”
“We just wanted to do something light with all this depressing news,” says Garrett. “If the Guild and the companies want to keep me off street corners, they need to settle.”
Garrett admits that he was a lawyer before turning to screenwriting. “The prospect of returning to lawyering doesn’t exactly thrill me.”