Sequential Underground #21 – Writing Before the Script

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Shawn likes to start with bits of dialogue or random plot ideas in his sketchbook. Seth makes lists and outlines with pen and paper before he hits the computer to type his script. Dan doesn’t really script at all — he dives right and works from brain to page. And Nick relies on Google Docs to help him maintain a mild organized chaos of ideas for his stories.

Ideally, Dan would like to do more traditional scripting. Seth is a big proponent of full script, while Shawn is a big proponent of working Marvel-style. Nick likes to work in a prose/script hybrid style (inspired by the Avengers: The Initiative scripts of Dan Slott).

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5 Responses to “Sequential Underground #21 – Writing Before the Script”


  1. 1 Brian John Mitchell

    I really like the outdoor sounds on this episode.

    I think the idea of a really tight script turns the visual artist into just a robot & no longer a collaborator. But that might just be how I work. I have occasionally given people photo references if I think they need them.

  2. 2 nick marino

    yeah the bird sounds totally make it better, right? Shawn had his window open and i was gonna ask him to close it but it sounded so peaceful and natural that i figured we should just go with it.

    i like your loose scripts. for me, that works. but i’ve given medium-to-loose scripts to some artists who think that’s an invitation to change the story around on me without even asking! so i always ask artists what type of script they prefer (full, loose, Marvel-style) before i give them one.

  3. 3 Brian

    Good episode. Interesting to hear how all of you work.

    Hey Dan, I didn’t realize that you had sent reference to Barry for some of the scripts. Did he draw it the way you thought he would?

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  5. 4 Dan

    Yeah, whenever I included reference with the script, either photo reference or something I would quickly sketch out, Barry always made sure to use it. For the most part, I didn’t have strict direction, but there were a few scenes where I needed a certain detail to be specific and in those cases, he delivered every time.

  6. 5 nick marino

    I sort of hate giving artists my thumbnails because: 1. I feel like I’ve already created an strict expectation and if they don’t nail it exactly I’ll be disappointed, and 2. I worry that my thumbs suck and they’ll just get more confused.

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