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07-20-2004, 09:31 AM
I've read that some novelists use pseudonyms to put out other books. Is this found in the screenwriting world? I can imagine a A-lister writing the occasionally B or direct to video for some side cash (if they even need it) under a false name.
07-20-2004, 01:43 PM
By definition, A-Listers don't need side cash. I am sure it happens but it's not common.
07-20-2004, 04:09 PM
Forget the side cash. What about big studio writers who moonlight in the dvd market because there they can tell a smaller story or what about if they have a low budget script sitting in their drawer. It's not going to Dreamworks. But then again maybe it will, I'm just wondering if this happens.
07-20-2004, 06:38 PM
Any A-list writer is going to be in the WGA which would prohibit them from doing this per my understanding of it all. They can't just go work on non-union pictures which most if not all B-films and DVD movies would be.
Novelist can do pretty much whatever they want because there is no Guild so I don't think you can really compare the two. Maybe someone currently in the Guild can shed some more or different light on this but I can't imagine ANY big writers doing this or being able to do this.
07-20-2004, 09:01 PM
You can use a pseudonym that is registered with the Guild. Which makes it kind of not anonymous at all.
Good to know.
Incidentally, I've combed through the names registered with the guild, and I've decided to use "Ryne Pearson."
07-21-2004, 06:25 PM
Ryne Pearson doesn't sound like a very good name for a writer. Might be a good name for a plumber though.
I'd sleep on it and try again Kel.
07-21-2004, 08:08 PM
I'm telling the hamsters that their mommy doesn't love them anymore.
We're discussing pseudonyms here. I think we'd all appreciate it if you wouldn't derail the topic with your random, alcohol-induced meanderings.
07-23-2004, 05:53 AM
Novelist can do pretty much whatever they want because there is no Guild so I don't think you can really compare the two. I'm actually a bit curious about this - I thought that the WGA was the union for ALL writers, not just screenwriters? After all, the W stands for writers, not for screenWriters. That, and the WGA (East, at least) accepts novels for cateloging purposes.
07-23-2004, 07:18 AM
The WGA is not a guild for all writers. For the most part, only film and television writers are members.
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