Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Joss Whedon's Scriptwriting Advice

Joss Whedon, one of my heroes, is widely known for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff, Angel, as well as the tv show Firefly and movie Serenity. Whedon is currently producing the show Dollhouse, which has yet to be aired on Fox. Whedon shares some of the tips that he has acquired through his years of experience working with and writing scripts. 

Danny Stack's blog entry contains the full list of Whedon's tips, my favorite of which being: 

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 it to the end. You have to have a little closure."


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