Posts tagged ‘Joss Whedon’

May 8, 2013

Script: The Cabin in the Woods


The Cabin in the Woods was written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard.

April 18, 2013

Quote of the Day: Joss Whedon

Always be yourself… unless you suck.

October 2, 2012

Teleplay: Firefly

This script is for the episode of Firefly titled Bushwhacked written by Tim Minear. Firefly was created by Joss Whedon. (Also check out Joss’s 10 Rules of Screenwriting and the script for Serenity.)

July 25, 2012

Script: Toy Story

Toy Story was written by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, and Alec Sokolow.

July 16, 2012

Joss Whedon’s Ten Rules of Screenwriting

Joss Whedon is one of my screenwriting idols. The creative mastermind behind such cult classics as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, Whedon has also written and/or directed such hits as The Avengers, Cabin in the Woods, Toy Story and Serenity.

Several years ago Joss listed his top ten writing tips:

Actually finishing it is what I’m gonna put in as step one. You may laugh at this, but it’s true. I have so many friends who have written two-thirds of a screenplay, and then re-written it for about three years. Finishing a screenplay is first of all truly difficult, and secondly really liberating. Even if it’s not perfect, even if you know you’re gonna have to go back into it, type to the end. You have to have a little closure.

Structure means knowing where you’re going; making sure you don’t meander about. Some great films have been made by meandering people, like Terrence Malick and Robert Altman, but it’s not as well done today and I don’t recommend it. I’m a structure nut. I actually make charts. Where are the jokes? The thrills? The romance? Who knows what, and when? You need these things to happen at the right times, and that’s what you build your structure around: the way you want your audience to feel. Charts, graphs, coloured pens, anything that means you don’t go in blind is useful.

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August 23, 2011

Quote of the Day: Joss Whedon

I love fantasy. I love horror. I love musicals. Whatever doesn’t really happen in life is what I’m interested in. As a way of commenting on everything that does happen in life, because ultimately the only thing I’m really interested in is people.

June 21, 2011

Script: Serenity

For those Joss Whedon fans out there, here is a draft of Serenity. Rumor has it the first draft of this script was over 200 pages. Joss just got down everything he wanted to include, and then later had to go back and trim it down to the primary story he wanted to tell. He must be a true master of the rewrite.

April 7, 2011

Jane Espenson on Writing for Joss Whedon

This is an old article, but a worthwhile read, especially if you’re a diehard Whedon fan. Jane talks about the writing process in a Joss writer’s room:

Okay, first there is the idea. This is usually something that Joss brings in, and it always begins with the main character – in my case, almost always with Buffy. We spend a lot of time discussing her emotional state, and how we want her to change over the course of the season. Frequently this in itself will suggest a story area – we will find a story in which we explore her mental state metaphorically. The episode “Same Time, Same Place,” was centered around Willow… we wanted to explore her emotional distance from the other characters. This turned into a story in which no one could see or touch Willow and vice versa. The episode “Conversations with Dead People” dealt in part with Buffy’s ambivalent feelings about her calling. She explored the feelings during a mock therapy session with a vampire she was destined to kill. Notice that the episode ideas *begin* with “what is she going through” and never with “what would be a cool Slaying challenge?”.

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