kung fu chicken / writers' strike

So I worked on this Burger King commercial awhile ago, and it's a big YouTube hit.
Here's the commercial:

It goes by pretty quickly, so now check out some photos of the dojo and environs, complete with ladders and paint equipment:

(not me in the condor with the silly hat)

all the wires you see below, snaking around the foo dogs, are fx cables with which things got knocked around during the chicken kicking.

mostly, my job was to age the doors and the (don't call them lions!) foo dogs:

Well, that was fun! I don't often get to see my stuff finished .. which is fine, since you can't inspect the afternoon's worth of aging on the foo dogs in the nanosecond the chicken kicks Big Foo's head off .. (par for the course) .. and that actually was a special breakaway foo dog, which was covered with new plaster and didn't take the paint very well so looked shoddy anyway. boo. Well, they pay me all the same. You see the photos of the nice ones. Wish I could show you the reference, but it's covered in paint and dust, stuck under a rock or in a tree, or in the back of some folder of Blaise's, or at the shop with a paint can ring in the middle, or maybe the art director's got it. I can't find anything like it on the web.

It was a million degrees out that day. Everyone was whining, epitome of workaholism Blaise included. Local people (unphased by the sweltering dust pit and, evidently, by gravity) kept arriving to climb a rock we had co-opted for the paint department's use of its shade; they left, then, miserably. (Thanks, spell-check. Wouldn't have guessed "unfazed" is the way you write that. but I much prefer it this way.)

On a completely unrelated note, or mostly unrelated to people who live here, but quite related to those who live in a world entirely outside of the black hole that is the film industry:
Are you confused about why the WGA is on strike? Never fear.

read this. (oops, gone.)
and/or this. (gone too. It happens ... )
and/or (especially, although it helps to be previously informed by other sources as to what the bickering is all about) this (not really written in 1969, I'll guess), in which the writer makes eloquent and very appropriate use of the word "sophistry."

or, if you are very lazy, at least watch this:

Negotiations resume next week. Let's hope the writers don't completely take it up the bum.


  1. I've been astounded at the number of people, particularly in my Law and Literature class, who have said things along the lines of, "Aren't there plenty of other people that can keep writing my favorite TV show during the strike? How hard can it be? I bet there are plenty of unemployed MFA Creative Writing grads without jobs who'd love to step in."
    There are a few shocking things going on here: 1) The complete lack of realization that the WGA is a real union and that these "other people" would be scabs; 2) The complete lack of realization that writing for TV and movies is not something people do "just for fun" but a job requiring skills and training just like any other job; 3) The complete lack of realization that this strike is about people earning a living from their labor and not just corporations.
    I wish I could say that I was surprised that future lawyers were so ill-informed, but I'm not. Law school only teaches you about things like history and labor rights if you choose to take courses on those topics. The rest of the time you are taught how to strip away all context and focus only some some abstract legal principle, which is ridiculous of course, because who lives in The United States of Abstract Legal Principles? I sure don't.

  2. People in Law and Literature don't get this? Does literature actually relate to the class? Do you discuss things like intellectual property rights?



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