When I first looked at the programme for SXSWi and saw that Joss Whedon would be on a panel I was delighted (actually ‘delighted’ may be too tame for excited I felt about it), and programmed it into my schedule straight away.
When I was 16 Buffy the Vampire Slayer first came out on Television, and I remember watching that first episode at a sleep-over with a friend at the time. As time went on I grew up with Buffy, Angel and then eventually when I got to University I watched Firefly, Serenity and more recently, Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog and Dollhouse.
Joss Whedon, created TV series that I grew up with and still enjoy now and for me he is my favourite writer and director, not simply for nostalgia but because everything he has done (in my opinion), has been great.
Joss Whedon’s writing, directing and creating can be seen in the following (a full list of his accolades can be found on the IMDb website):
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Alien Resurrection
- Toy Story
- Dr Horrible’s sing along blog
And more recently:
- A cabin in the Woods
- Much to do about nothing
- Avengers Assemble
Whedon in his on stage interview at SXSW with Adam B Vary, was current and future focused as he talked about A Cabin in the Woods (scheduled to be released in the UK on the 13th of April 2012), and Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog which were written at the same time. He talked about how they were a change in career to write exactly how he wanted to write and direct and how A Cabin in the Woods was filmed during a time that he has planned to take a holiday with his wife (his wife encouraged him to do the film at that time apparently!).
He also talked about being asked to direct the new Avengers film and how he is directing it how he wants to and making it a little less Hollywood and more ‘real’ feeling by sometimes using shots which don’t quite match up.
Whedon, was brilliant, amusing and sounded a little like a Buffy episode in the way that he spoke and I could have listed to him for longer.