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March 28 2008

Promo clip for The Write Environment. A promotional clip for a new series featuring interviews with Joss and a number of other prolific and high profile writers. This was created and is hosted by Jeffrey Berman, better known to many of us as Jeffrey from United Hollywood.

Writers interviewed include:

Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
Damon Lindelof (Lost)
Tim Kring (Heroes)
Sam Simon (The Simpsons)
Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Doug Ellin (Entourage)

Somehow, and I don't know why exactly, I find it odd that the most obvious book behind Joss is apparently called WEAPONS.
Joss, you are my man crush.
Words are the only weapons he needs...so a book full of words about weapons, is quite possibly necessary.

Also a rocking chair is involved, perhaps not essential to the writing process...or is it?
A rocking chair is an essential building block of good writing. Those writers who write without a rocking chair are kidding themselves!
It always makes me cranky when I can't read the book titles in a shot - an interview, a movie or TV show, or a still photo - and I can't (arrrrgh) read the titles in Joss' bookshelves - except for b!X's aforementioned bloody Weapons Encyclopedia.

However, I think this was just a taster-sampler vid (well done, Jeffrey) of even better things to come, and we'll get the longer interview in which I will get more opportunity to try and read the spines and obsess about the unreadable book titles in the Whedon-y shelves, thus missing the whole point and rest of the interview. I do look forward to this.

And ha! I have a certain feminist bent that makes me cranky, too.
The green book with the gold embossed lettering on the spine to the left of Joss's head looked like it said "Roget's Thesaurus." But it doesn't look like any edition I've seen of that. How crazy am I? I'm always wondering.
For what its worth QuoterGal we grabbed a tight shot of the bookcase from top to bottom. Not sure if that shot will end up in the final cut but if it doesn't I'll see what I can do about getting that clip up on YouTube, or my own website when it's finished, at some point.
jeffreyunited, your kindness is appreciated.
Ooh, cool, something to watch tonight, when i'm re-ensounded ;).

Heh, whenever I see writers/actors/etc. interviewed at home the first thing I look at is their book shelves. I think you can tell a lot about someone from it (or in some cases, you can tell a lot about what they want you to think of them).

Surely the Roget's could be any hardback edition just minus the dust jacket - looks to me like it might be either green or black but getting a weird reflection ? I'd hazard that might be 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' beside it but it's maybe a bit too thin (and I could be projecting - it's one of my favourite reference books ever, all too easy to get lost for hours in ;).

And any writer that includes violence in their stuff needs to know about weapons, comes with the sickle (sometimes it is the sickle ;) so I don't think it's like 'Wounds' and Joss has unwittingly revealed he's Hannibal Lecter ;).
The green book with the gold embossed lettering on the spine to the left of Joss's head looked like it said "Roget's Thesaurus." But it doesn't look like any edition I've seen of that. How crazy am I? I'm always wondering.


To quote from Angel - "Its not a local copy." ;) Joss has a thesaurus from another dimension!
I wonder if there's another word for that ...
Great. Something else I want to see NOW, along with Dollhouse and Dr Horrible, but I'll have to wait for.

Loved Phil Rosenthal and his.............timing.
I think everyone is missing the point, the point being that really smart people keep their wireless-but-not-cellular phone chargers on their bookshelves.

Because think about it. Where else is there a free wall socket? Certainly not on, behind or next to your desk. All your other crap is plugged in there already, it's so ridiculous, Al Gore's been meaning to talk to you about that. But that socket behind the bookcase? Wide open territory. And that wireless-but-not-cellular phone? Why do they still make those? In all likelihood because, while you do have a phone line in your home office, your five-in-one fax/copy/scanner/something else/something elser informed you after it moved in that if you plug a normal phone into the same line as it YOU'LL NEVER GET A FAX AGAIN. AND REGULAR PHONE CALLS? YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE THAT CHANCE, PAL? So if you want to be phone-able at the place where you, say, work, you must find room for the Radio Phone of Tomorrow, a monumentally large hunk of plastic (****, Gore's calling back) that really shouldn't exist in the same space/time as your cell.

ETA This is all about Joss and has nothing to do with the inconveniences of living in my pre-post-industrial apartment.

ETfurtherA Resist the tyranny of inanimate objects!

ETfinallyA It's OK to watch Terminator online again.

[ edited by Pointy on 2008-03-28 15:10 ]
jeffrey united: For what its worth QuoterGal we grabbed a tight shot of the bookcase from top to bottom. Not sure if that shot will end up in the final cut but if it doesn't I'll see what I can do about getting that clip up on YouTube, or my own website when it's finished, at some point.

Hee. Thankseversomuch - if you do, then I will make a website analyzing Joss' books and call it "Twelve Bookshelves." And I will have dug in even deeper to that Hood-dom of Geek.

You are a god among men, jeffreyunited - but then, we knew that already from UH and the strike...

Gotta run... my fax is ringing...
These interviews look great! I've always been interested in how writers create because I've tried and it is so difficult for me. I can't imagine needing/having to do it on a daily basis and what discipline and intelligence it takes to accomplish that.

Looks like there's now one more thing I'll be waiting on. :o)
Wow, that looks so great.
As an aspiring writer and filmaker I have a little obsession with interviews with creators and such, and this looks like it would totally fill my needs... for a short while at least :)

I have the Joss Whedon screenwriting expo DVD and have watched it 3 times already.
please, help me.

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