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Monday, August 01, 2005

That's why "Alien" just blew me away. I was like, "These are people who don't even like each other. There's no structure here. They killed the handsome guy. I can't figure this out." It was just a scary place to be. The most important line in Star Wars, to me, is the moment Luke looks at the Millennium Falcon, the most beautiful ship I've ever seen, and says, "What a piece of junk!"
That "scary place" is what I love about Joss's best work. He killed Jenny Calendar! Damn!

From In Focus Mag courtesy Michael McCall. Thanks!

If anyone else can point me in the direction of useful interviews like this one by (a) Joss (b) any other writer you worship, in which they actually reveal how they think and write, rather than just telling catty anecdotes, I will be grateful and will post'em.

PS, John, he seems to be quite fond of GF... but you probably know that.



I listen to Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica pod casts. He's done one for the last seven episodes.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:40 PM  

There is a great interview with Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars and the still-mourned Cupid, at Television Without Pity.

Part one is here
Part two here

By Blogger Lee, at 4:33 AM  

There's a great interview with Joss Whedon from a few years back at the Onion AV club. Actually, The Onion's AV Club interviews are always great. There's an interesting one with Norman Lear and a bunch with various screenwriters.

-Jacob S.W.

By Blogger Jacob Sager Weinstein, at 5:10 AM  


By Blogger w., at 1:53 PM  

Hi Alex,
I have on file a copy of an interview between John Cleese and William Goldman you may like, not sure. I can't find it on the net anymore, but have record of which website (for credit purposes)....would you like a copy? Just let me know an email address and I can send it.

By Blogger Grubber, at 8:23 PM  

Email it to me at "interviews" at "craftyscreenwriting.com"...

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 8:55 PM  

I have had a busy, busy day doing just as you requested: seeking out interviews with writers I love.

To start with, there's a bonanza of them at the BBC's Writers' Room. Many of the names on the site will be completely unknown to most readers, but Paul Abbott, Tony Marchant and Tony Jordan are responsible for most of the drama that makes its way to British screens.

Also on the BBC's site, about quarter of an hour's worth of audio clips of Dennis Potter in conversation.

You also have to check out this interview with Potter, which is absolutely terrific.

Finally, this man is a god to me. Creator of Press Gang, Joking Apart, Coupling and writer for Doctor Who, it's Steven Moffat.


By Blogger Lee, at 2:49 PM  

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