Hollywood Calif. The proposed TheSpoof.com motion picture has been put on the back burner at Quentin Tarantino's studio. Rumor has it no one greased the right palms at the unions and the people granting permits for the city of Los Angeles.
Yes, trying to shoot an independent film in L.A. is becoming a thing of the past. They seem to be locking out the Indies favoring instead the big studio productions that have the available funds to grease all the way down the food chain.
A city official from the permit office for the city said, "you can't shoot without a permit; you can't even shoot on your own property without a permit. There's much paper work shuffling involved, a production can get held up at any juncture if permits are not handled properly."
Union representatives let everyone know right away you have to pay union dues to get anything accomplished in this town, you need at least 23 teamsters drinking coffee on set at all times, transportation can grind the wheels of a Hollywood production to a sudden halt. Production assistants, craft services, lighting, grip, electrical, camera all need attention and payment.
Not only do they have to get over these hurdles but there's also, ASCAP, BMI, The DGA, ASPCA, AFLCIO to name a few.
Now that all these people have jumped into the game the budget has sky rocketed from $600.000 to 60 million in two days. Unless a major steps in to save this production it looks like all may be lost.
From the desk of
Buck E Filbert