What if like…there was an exact copy of you somewhere, except they’re the other gender, like you guys could literally have a freaky friday moment and nothing would change. Imagine the best friendship that could be found there.
can we just talk about Joss Whedon’s script for the avengers?
there is so much more i can’t even begin
SEE HERE IS THE THING THO let’s talk about movie scripts.
This technique is totally not unique to Joss. I’ve read a handful of scripts (most of them popular action films) and they’re ALL LIKE THIS. And it just blows my mind because
THIS IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT. Like, if I were writing a novel, this would be the final draft. And it’s just fucking bro talk! It does it’s job perfectly, of course—he wraps up that entire scene of confusion with a simple “What the fuck?” instead of “Cap and Tony look at each other in confusion.”
It’s such an interesting difference in mediums, precisely because the script might be the final draft for the writer but it’s not the final draft of the product. I had a really difficult time adjusting to that mindset on the script I started writing last spring. (It’s crap. It’ll get better.)
When I first started reading scripts I wasn’t sure about this attitude—after all, I was reading scripts for blockbusters. Maybe this is just how already successful Hollywood bros write to each other? Like they already know each other, they’ve already been given the job, so they can just be more casual? But seeing this kind of clicked a switch for me—it’s just the technique.