Filmmaker Ashwin Saravanan bats for better pay and respect for writers in the OTT era
In the OTT era, there's a widespread belief that this is the golden age for screenwriters and that they are valued now more than ever before. Though it's more or less true, the harsh truth remains that ghost-writing is still a reality among all the industries in the country, be it for shows or films. Production houses and streaming platforms buy scripts directly, choose to give credits to only those names that have a recall value in the public, while the original writers are neither paid well nor earn any recognition.
Sharing a post of a Tamil film assistant director (Sri Ganesh) that voices the afore-mentioned opinion, the director of popular films like Maaya, Game Over, Ashwin Saravanan added, "Writers are still at the bottom of the food chain and it's not going to change unless directors and stars put a lot of emphasis on writers' pay and respect. Writers and good scripts are not disposable. Lazily made films are."
The original post by Sri Ganesh mentions, "There is a great amount of content coming out these days. I am trying to follow all the movies, web series, anthologies people recommend as great - Netflix, Amazon, Hotstar, there are so many platforms. How much ever I try, there is still more content that I couldn't finish seeing. This brings to attention, there is a definite need, jobs for screenwriters. I wish 'writers' are treated as an individual primary department, like how we treat other departments like camera, music. More screenwriters are coming into the industry,and I hope they get respected, paid. Hopefully, that day is not far."
For a change, in the lives of writers, the demand is finally greater than supply. But, will OTT platforms make any effort now to give them their due?