In an unusual organizing effort that included a work stoppage, partial crew layoff and a low budget signed collective bargaining agreement, National Lampoon’s Clubhouse film, “Trick or Treat” is now being shot in Hollywood under the IATSE banner, International President Thomas C. Short announced.
Hollywood business agents representing IATSE locals and International Representatives for the IATSE West Coast office called for work stoppage on June 15, 2005 at the start of the work-day and a deal was reached at 6:30 PM under the IATSE Low Budget agreement. An unusual caveat emerged when the producers announced a mass layoff of three departments, camera, electrical and grip, citing creative problems as the cause. As part of the agreement, the IATSE secured compensation for the laid-off crew members.
The first of three releases under the National Lampoon Clubhouse moniker, “Trick or Treat,” is scheduled for release Oct. 31. The recently formed National Lampoon Clubhouse is a joint venture entity with Majestic Entertainment and will result in a series of PG- and PG-13-rated theatrical and direct-to-video films with budgets ranging from $3 million to $10 million.