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July 09 2009

Inside the Dollhouse writers room. Photographic evidence of being back at work, fresh from the phone of one of the series' writers.

Hey! I thought Joss has said that he doesn't like guns...
Any bright bean able to identify all the players in the picture?
That right there is my dream job.
Me too Lirazel... I've mailed my resume so many times to even be coffee fetcher #5 or a janitor, but no luck.
Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas are to the right of Joss. Since Maurissa took the photo, and there are only four women writing for Dollhouse, I'm gonna guess that's Tracy Bellomo on the Mac.
Joss having a Nerf gun just upped my respect of him more. (If that's even possible.)
Oh to be a fly on the wall in THAT room.

*Joss shoots water at the fly*
I'll second or third that sentiment as well Lirazel.
Sigh, one can dream.
my dreamjob as well. So IŽll join the club. We should have a club, right? *sighs* Ah well slowly working towards there.
Well, that's a cool picture. Have we ever seen pics of the writers room in session before, for any of the other shows? If so, I can't quite seem to recall them.

Anyway: great behind the scenes look, this. And funny how the room looks so... normal. No reason why it shouldn't, of course, but still :)
GVH -
Family Guy has shown their writers room on their DVD extras, but this picture is much better of course. Of course, I may be a tad (itty bitty) bit bias.

If Dollhouse ever has a candy bar, they should include a golden ticket to spend a day in there! I only say this because I don't think I would be able to afford the eBay amount if they auctioned a seat for charity - so small odds would be my only chance.
A writers room would get no work done if they auctioned off a seat in it for charity. Well, maybe if the non-disclosure agreement carried really large penalties, like the loss of limbs.
b!X -
What if they put the person in one of those sound-proof glass boxes like on game shows? Watching couldn't hurt anything right?

Unless of course they mime their ideas, or you visit on a day The Gentlemen also visit?
my dreamjob as well. So IŽll join the club. We should have a club, right? *sighs* Ah well slowly working towards there.

I wonder how much of the Whedon fanbase is aspiring TV writers who really love his work (like me! Hey there!) and how much is just people who really love his work but have no interest in adding to it.

I swear that before I die, I will work in Joss's writers room. Even if it's just for a day before he realizes he never actually hired me, I'm just some guy hanging around and pitching ideas.
If Dollhouse ever has a candy bar, they should include a golden ticket to spend a day in there!

Maybe they could make a movie out of it...Joss Whedon and the "Active" Drama Factory
OK, maybe not.
You all can be in the writers room if I can be lurking around the edges doing M.E.'s web and social media stuff.
I'm continually perplexed that Mutant Enemy hasn't asked for your site, b!x. Seems like they'd at least want the domain name. And what better place to host future Joss web projects?
Maurissa lists the people:
LtoR: Minear's feet,our cutie writers asst Jenny,Whedon,Fazekas, Butters.Bellomo,Chambliss,JT Whedon,and yours truly were on the other side of the camera
(Jobo, they actually own two other M.E. related domains. They just don't have anything on the web via them.)
I kind of like that Minear has the seat right across from Joss. I wonder if the Firefly writers room tended that way too.
Since Maurissa took the photo, and there are only four women writing for Dollhouse, I'm gonna guess that's Tracy Bellomo on the Mac.

Actually, does Dollhouse have an equal male-to-female ratio? Female: The two Reaper women, Tracy Bellomo, Maurissa. Male: Joss, Tim, Andrew Chambliss, and Jed. Is that everyone? Am I missing any writers?
Any idea how many of them might be found at the Con de Comics?
Cholula Hot Sauce. Food condiment of the gods. And the writers. And other very tasteful people.
Any idea how many of them might be found at the Con de Comics?

We know Joss, Jed, and Maurissa. If any of the others, I haven't seen it mentioned yet.
That's my idea of a place of worship. I need a parallel universe - the only way I'd ever get there.
Absolutely love love love that picture. I want more. We always want more.
That aint no gun. Thats a lovely green leafed twig.
My dreamjob too! I don't care what I do, I just want to be there - I'll make the coffee, varnish the floor of the Dollhouse set, ANYTHING, just as long as I'm there!

I'm still young though, still in school, maybe someday.......*sighs*
Not my dreamjob. Don't get me wrong: spending time by hanging out in that writers' room, would be the opposite of boring, wasted time :).

But I'm just a fan with an interest in television and movie writing and the mechanics of it, but no wish to actually join in. I'm not that great with writing fiction and stories, after all is said and done. I might be passable if I spent all my time practicing and reading other people's scripts and learning the trade, but it's not what I would want to do above everything else, so I'd miss that much needed drive to even reach passable as well :).

So I'll just stick to my current job (writing for (popular science) magazines), which I love. Plus: I'm much better at it then I'd ever be playing at being Joss ;).
Yeah, right on GVH. I want to know how it all works but a) I don't want to do it (i'm an entertainee not an entertainer ;) and b) I just plain couldn't. Being interested in the mechanics I read a few writer's blogs etc. and one thing that comes across abundantly is, if you don't want to do it more than anything else in the world, totally, fully, 100% then you just shouldn't. Cos it's hard and full of situations and people that, sometimes without even meaning to, will break you into pieces, a lot.

Nice photo. It's an office with a few desk toys and a crappy table. And they also make magic.
Jealous! I would kill to be in the writers' room. When I first started college my major was script writing...but, it soon dawned on me that I might not have the dedication to live off of top-ramen for 10-years before I could start working on low-end sitcoms. So what did I do instead? Majored in English Lit. I didn't really think that one through. My Point? I want the golden ticjket!!!!
Hmm. My dream job would be not having a job. Does that make me lazy? Also (... is feeling chatty and searches for something relevant to say...) how great are Tim Minear's feet?
They're fantastic. They come with shoes for a start - that's an upgrade the rest of us have to pay for.

And nope, your dream job being "not having a job" seems pretty sane to me. Y'know those folk that would carry on with their job if they won the lottery ? I always want to gently take them by the shoulders, point them at a window and say "Look, an entire world !".

Dream job: being independently wealthy.
your dream job being "not having a job" seems pretty sane to me.

Ahh, sanity and laziness, it's such a fine line sometimes.
Sanity is a prerequisite of laziness though, stands to reason. How many times have you heard someone with genuine mental health problems described as lazy ? Never, right ? QED.
Well now I have the perfect comeback next time somebody calls me lazy. Yay!
I dunno, I think you guys are cheating. "Independently wealthy" isn't really a job.
My dreamjob? Highly-paid un-used consultant.
And if anybody did come to consult you, you could suggest they take a vacation and chill out a bit, and then charge a phenomenal amount for that (excellent) advice.
"My advice is: rely less on consultants".

And "independently wealthy" is too a job, money doesn't spend itself you know. And if it isn't then i'd start a limited company with myself as "Director in Charge of Experiencing".
I think my money spends itself. Several times I've caught my credit card wandering off and buying random unnecessaries, like crates of cherries and shoes that nobody, not even Tim Minear, could really pull off wearing.

(I'm on topic, unlike you two, because, see, Tim Minear?)
I don't mind to work, if the job was Highly-paid judge of deserts, or Highly-paid researcher of R.E.M. sleep.
Honestly guys, you are making me feel like I actually work for a living (which I don't really.)
I think Tim Minear's shoes would love to take a load off. My dream-job would be to do what ever I want and still be able to function in society without the restrictions.

That way, I can visit this place and just soak up the creative energy (and squirt gun).
@Jobo: I think there are quite some. I at least know 4 or 5.

And no job would be a bit boring. And well, my muse wouldnt shut up anyway. Writing and creating is definitley the thing for me, although it sometimes makes you want to bang your head against the wall. But yes, being without money worries would be cool for once.
Oh, but having no job wouldn't mean doing nothing. One day I'd be reading up on the works of some random philosopher, the other day I'd buy a scriptwriting book and study the mechanics. I'd also start with at least three new degrees at university (political science, philosophy and Dutch, probably), go to filmschool and would try several careers - but only for a couple of months, while the fun and newness was still there.

Of course, whenever I felt like it, I'd also keep writing as a freelancer (because sometimes writing = fun and not having to do it helps with the fun-part). And I'd visit many, many places amd meet as many interesting people as I could and would basically do whatever I wanted, whenever I felt like it :). So, in short, catherine's idea is kind of made of win.

But, because none of this can ever happen, I'll remain working as a science journalist. If one does need to have a job, I can't quite think of any one I'd like to do more.
My dream-job would be to do what ever I want and still be able to function in society without the restrictions.
korkster | July 10, 22:06 CET


That really says it all, kindred spirit here.

I love how dilettante-e it is on this thread.
My dream job is a job I get up in the morning and look forward to doing it most days. So, GVH, it sounds like you are pretty lucky to me.

My grandad worked almost as long after he retired as when he was employed, because he loved doing what he did (he was an entymologist). My dream job is any job that I like that much. I thought that was being a scientist, but I am not sure anymore (but that may be end of thesis blues talking!)

Also, on topic, I really like the photo. It's kind of like how I imagined it might be, but with more sunlight!

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