Screenwriter Profile: Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon is one of the most inventive writer/directors working in Hollywood today. He’s known for his strong female characters, his love of monsters, and the clever way he mashes genres together to create compelling, highly entertaining stories. Joss is the creative mind behind such cult classic TV shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and he’s the screenwriter of such films as The Avengers, Toy Story, and The Cabin in the Woods, as well as an unproduced version of Wonder Woman.

One of the great things about Joss is that he only does projects that he loves, whether their big budget super hero movies or micro-budget indies that he shoots in his own house. Check out Joss Whedon’s ten rules of screenwriting to take your writing to the next level. 


Avengers: Age of Ultron (written by) (filming)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series) -2013-

In Your Eyes -2014

Much Ado About Nothing (written for the screen by) – 2012

The Avengers (screenplay) / (story) – 2012

Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous (Video) – 2012

The Cabin in the Woods (written by) – 2012

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (Documentary) – 2011

Dollhouse (TV Series) 2009-2010

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (TV Series) – 2009

This American Life Live! (TV Movie) (written by) – 2009

Dollplay (TV Series) (creator) – 2009

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (TV Mini-Series) – 2008

Serenity (written by) -2005

Angel (TV Series) -1999 – 2004

Firefly (TV Series) -2002-03

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series) -1996 – 2003

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (story) – 2001

Titan A.E. (screenplay) – 2000

Alien: Resurrection (written by) – 1997

Toy Story (screenplay) – 1995

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (written by) – 1992

Parenthood (TV Series) (written by – 3 episodes) -1990-91

Roseanne (TV Series) (written by – 4 episodes) -1989


Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.

Nowadays, I’m really cranky about comics. Because most of them are just really, really poorly written soft-core. And I miss good old storytelling. And you know what else I miss? Super powers. Why is it now that everybody’s like “I can reverse the polarity of your ions!” Like in one big flash everybody’s Doctor Strange. I like the guys that can stick to walls and change into sand and stuff. I don’t understand anything anymore. And all the girls are wearing nothing, and they all look like they have implants. Well, I sound like a very old man, and a cranky one, but it’s true.

When you’re making a movie, you gotta Amp it up, you gotta go to a greater scale and everything is gonna be a little grander, your hero is gonna be more ‘heroicaler’…. Yes that’s a word….. now….

If somebody comes up to me, it’s because they’re moved by something I’m moved by. I’ve never taken a job I didn’t love … So when somebody’s coming up to me, or they’re writing, they’re in the same space I am in. I write for fanboy moments. I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. I write to do all the things the viewers want too. So the intensity of the fan response is enormously gratifying. It means I hit a nerve.

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