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25th Mar '17 6:11:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/Halloween5TheCurseOfMichaelMyers'' - the man in black's identity was constantly changing due to producers not knowing whether or not he would be a blood relative of Michael Myers.

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* ''Film/Halloween5TheCurseOfMichaelMyers'' ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers'' - the man in black's identity was constantly changing due to producers not knowing whether or not he would be a blood relative of Michael Myers.
22nd Mar '17 4:03:17 PM Jacob175
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* Hidenori Kusaka does this in regards of ''PokemonSpecial'', as he has to write along side of whatever games just come out. What really makes him impressive, however, is that he doesn't work for Game Freak yet the series has a sheer amount of generation-spanning ArcWelding and [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]]. Fans joke that he can see into the future.

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* Hidenori Kusaka does this in regards of ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', as he has to write along side of whatever games just come out. What really makes him impressive, however, is that he doesn't work for Game Freak yet the series has a sheer amount of generation-spanning ArcWelding and [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]]. Fans joke that he can see into the future.



* Creator/AkiraToriyama of DragonBall fame has admitted that he made up the story as he went along. The fact that this worked is quite impressive, but led to numerous plot holes and inconsistencies.

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* Creator/AkiraToriyama of DragonBall Franchise/DragonBall fame has admitted that he made up the story as he went along. The fact that this worked is quite impressive, but led to numerous plot holes and inconsistencies.



* The original writers of ''[[TheFlash Impulse]]'' admitted they were writing by the seat of their pants in the first trade. Given the character, this is quite appropriate.

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* The original writers of ''[[TheFlash ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash Impulse]]'' admitted they were writing by the seat of their pants in the first trade. Given the character, this is quite appropriate.



* There was a fanfic called [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11849009/1 Ghost of a Chance]], a WesternAnimation/TeenTitans & WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom AU fic. Written by the writers of the Assassin's creed Novelizations, the fic was originally started with an intent to practice being creative after all the restrictions they placed on themselves in writing "truly historically accurate" adaptations of the first 5 assassin's creed games. In fact, part of the reason they stopped novelizing was because they felt their extensive research into society, events and character development outside the gameplay was sapping their writer's energy. So, they started this crossover with an idea for a scene: Jazz is telling Robin to, "Tell Danny I'm alive" and they planned to just run with what happens from there. However, when they reached chapter 10, they came to a horrible realization. When they brought in TheJusticeLeague into their story, they realized they were going to have to start referencing the wider DC universe much more heavily instead of just the titans universe. This proved problematic as they were casual fans of both shows, but were [[CripplingOverspecialization utterly underpracticed when it cames to all the intricacies of the wider DC universe]]. And after coming down from the assassin's creed stories, they chickened out, and instead began trying to wrap the fic up as fast as they could. Thus several potential plot threads were rushed through or expositioned to death in order to reach an ending where they could take a deep breath and relax again.
* The writer of Fanfic/{{Intercom}} has stated that when they first started the fic, she was just interested in getting down on paper a fic where Riley could hear her emotions before anyone else so she wouldn't feel overshadowed in the process. InsideOut hadn't even been released when she started it! Thankfully, by the time chapter 3 was released, the author had seen Inside Out, and thus began "fine tuning" her universe so as to better match up with the movie, and to eventually have a planned ending in mind (or so she claims). Funny enough, one WMG on her tvtropes page accuses her of not actually being in control of the story, but instead relying on fans to do the work for her, which is what this trope is almost about. Then again, since every 3rd WMG, reviewer comment and headscratcher ends up used or addressed in story, it's quite possible that this trope is still in effect, and we just have a case of a LyingCreator.

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* There was a fanfic called [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11849009/1 Ghost of a Chance]], a WesternAnimation/TeenTitans & WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom AU fic. Written by the writers of the Assassin's creed Creed Novelizations, the fic was originally started with an intent to practice being creative after all the restrictions they placed on themselves in writing "truly historically accurate" adaptations of the first 5 assassin's creed five Assassin's Creed games. In fact, part of the reason they stopped novelizing was because they felt their extensive research into society, events and character development outside the gameplay was sapping their writer's energy. So, they started this crossover with an idea for a scene: Jazz is telling Robin to, "Tell Danny I'm alive" and they planned to just run with what happens from there. However, when they reached chapter 10, they came to a horrible realization. When they brought in TheJusticeLeague the Justice League into their story, they realized they were going to have to start referencing the wider DC universe much more heavily instead of just the titans universe. This proved problematic as they were casual fans of both shows, but were [[CripplingOverspecialization utterly underpracticed under-practiced when it cames came to all the intricacies of the wider DC universe]]. And after coming down from the assassin's creed Assassin's Creed stories, they chickened out, and instead began trying to wrap the fic up as fast as they could. Thus several potential plot threads were rushed through or expositioned to death in order to reach an ending where they could take a deep breath and relax again.
* The writer of Fanfic/{{Intercom}} has stated that when they first started the fic, she was just interested in getting down on paper a fic where Riley could hear her emotions before anyone else so she wouldn't feel overshadowed in the process. InsideOut ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' hadn't even been released when she started it! Thankfully, by the time chapter 3 was released, the author had seen Inside Out, and thus began "fine tuning" her universe so as to better match up with the movie, and to eventually have a planned ending in mind (or so she claims). Funny enough, one WMG on her tvtropes page accuses her of not actually being in control of the story, but instead relying on fans to do the work for her, which is what this trope is almost about. Then again, since every 3rd WMG, reviewer comment and headscratcher ends up used or addressed in story, it's quite possible that this trope is still in effect, and we just have a case of a LyingCreator.



* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'': The original plan was to reveal that the virus had spread worldwide. Midway through shooting, they opted to change things to keep the virus more ambiguous. Since the film was shot almost entirely in-sequence, this is the reason for Sgt Farrell's dialogue theorising the quarantine. The sequel confirms his theory.

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* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'': The original plan was to reveal that the virus had spread worldwide. Midway through shooting, they opted to change things to keep the virus more ambiguous. Since the film was shot almost entirely in-sequence, this is the reason for Sgt Farrell's dialogue theorising theorizing the quarantine. The sequel confirms his theory.
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** Matt, his partial AuthorAvatar, does this in-universe in ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''.

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** Matt, his partial AuthorAvatar, does this in-universe in ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''.''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''.



* The famous cliffhanger at the end of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Best of Both Worlds, Part I]]'' was due to the Star Trek TNG writers not knowing if Patrick Stewart would return as Picard or not, forcing them to pause there and then write Part II by the seat of the pants once they found out about Stewart. Luckily, this turned out extremely well and the two-parter is still considered one of the entire ''Trek'' franchise's all-time greatest moments. Not so luckily, this encouraged the writers to ''keep on doing it'' at the end of each season on every ''Trek'' show from then on, which naturally had increasingly diminishing returns.
* ''Series/NYPDBlue'' was often written on set during filming due to head writer David Milch's drug use. "OK, you [Sipowitz] say this, and then you [Simone] say this in response." Actors wrote down their lines on scraps of paper in the squad room. JimmySmits and other actors quit over the hectic scheduling.

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* The famous cliffhanger at the end of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Best of Both Worlds, Part I]]'' was due to the Star Trek TNG writers not knowing if Patrick Stewart would return as Picard or not, forcing them to pause there and then write Part II by the seat of the pants once they found out about Stewart. Luckily, this turned out extremely well and the two-parter is still considered one of the entire ''Trek'' franchise's all-time greatest moments. [[FranchiseOriginalSin Not so luckily, luckily]], this encouraged the writers to ''keep on doing it'' at the end of each season on every ''Trek'' show from then on, which naturally had increasingly diminishing returns.
* ''Series/NYPDBlue'' was often written on set during filming due to head writer David Milch's drug use. "OK, you [Sipowitz] say this, and then you [Simone] say this in response." Actors wrote down their lines on scraps of paper in the squad room. JimmySmits Jimmy Smits and other actors quit over the hectic scheduling.



4th Mar '17 11:57:15 AM Prinzenick
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* According to one of the head writers of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', Charles M. Howell, each of the 52 half hour episodes only had one week to prepare a script for them. Despite this, they ended up going four months over schedule.
4th Mar '17 11:55:06 AM Prinzenick
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** He also added that some of the Adult Swim shows have some of the tightest deadlines in the industry, with entire half hour episodes having to be complete in a ''single day''.

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** He also added that some of the Adult Swim Creator/AdultSwim shows have some of the tightest deadlines in the industry, with entire half hour episodes having to be complete completed in a ''single day''.
4th Mar '17 11:52:22 AM Prinzenick
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* Animator Kurt Wiley said that the Australian animated series ''Crocadoo'' had an insanely tight production schedule, almost as bad as the aforementioned Joe Oriolo Felix cartoons--they had one week to complete each episode. And unlike the six minute Felix cartoons, these were entire half-hour episodes!
** He also added that some of the Adult Swim shows have some of the tightest deadlines in the industry, with entire half hour episodes having to be complete in a ''single day''.
27th Feb '17 5:05:44 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* This was the case with much of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. Different interviews with writers across the series reveals that many things about the series' plot was more or less constantly in flux and changed around quite a bit as members of the writing team were added or left (most notably the lead writer for the first ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Drew Karpyshyn, left around half-way through the production of [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]] and was replaced by Mac Walters). According to interviews in the interactive documentary about [[VideoGame/MassEffect the third game]], ''Final Hours'', the (quite controversial) ending was not decided upon up until a few months before the game's release.

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* This was the case with much of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. Different interviews with writers across the series reveals that many things about the series' overall plot and some bits of lore was more or less constantly in flux and changed around quite a bit as members of the writing team were added or left (most notably the lead writer for the first ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Drew Karpyshyn, left around half-way through the production of [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]] and was replaced by Mac Walters). According to interviews in the interactive documentary about [[VideoGame/MassEffect the third game]], ''Final Hours'', the (quite controversial) ending was not decided upon up until a few months before the game's release.
26th Feb '17 10:56:11 AM nombretomado
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* HunterSThompson not only did this, he made it the essence of Gonzo journalism: Your notes, more or less unedited, ''are'' the finished product. He would frequently spend hours or days locked up in his room with a typewriter, a whole bunch of paper, and half a ton of drugs and booze, hammering away furiously to send a long, rambling, yet somehow incredibly cogent piece off to ''Rolling Stone'' or whatever other publication he was writing for at the time. He famously declared his most famous work, ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' to be a ''failed'' experiment in Gonzo journalism, as he had edited it too much.

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* HunterSThompson Creator/HunterSThompson not only did this, he made it the essence of Gonzo journalism: Your notes, more or less unedited, ''are'' the finished product. He would frequently spend hours or days locked up in his room with a typewriter, a whole bunch of paper, and half a ton of drugs and booze, hammering away furiously to send a long, rambling, yet somehow incredibly cogent piece off to ''Rolling Stone'' or whatever other publication he was writing for at the time. He famously declared his most famous work, ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' to be a ''failed'' experiment in Gonzo journalism, as he had edited it too much.
19th Feb '17 9:00:06 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Martin O'Donnell, the composer for the Creator/{{Bungie}}-era ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' games, tends to not write or compose music for projects until late in development, once the story, cutscenes, and level design have been finalized. The reason for this is because he doesn't like to waste work; writing music for levels or cutscenes that will get cut out or rearranged will either mess with the flow of a piece or become pointless effort. Fast writing has worked for him in the past; the iconic ''Halo'' theme was written and recorded the same day it was sent to Bungie for E3 2000, and much of the acclaimed music for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' was described by him as "starting last minute".

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* Martin O'Donnell, best known as the composer for the Creator/{{Bungie}}-era ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' games, tends to not write or compose music for projects until late in development, once the story, cutscenes, and level design have been finalized. The reason for this is because he doesn't like to waste work; writing music for levels or cutscenes that will get cut out or rearranged will either mess with the flow of a piece or become pointless effort. Fast writing has worked for him in the past; the iconic ''Halo'' theme was written and recorded the same day it was sent to Bungie for E3 2000, and much of the acclaimed music for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' was described by him as "starting last minute".
13th Feb '17 10:08:29 PM thatother1dude
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** Well, that "explains" the three mooks that somehow were up in the belfry after Joker destroys the staircase.
13th Feb '17 10:04:59 PM thatother1dude
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* While Creator/EiichiroOda of the ''Manga/OnePiece'' fame certainly doesn't do this all the time, he may actually be doing it more often than his fans - who almost worship him for his use of ChekhovsArmory - realize. He has admitted that some things were made up more or less on the spot:
** Vivi wasn't supposed to be the series' most well-known princess and honorary Straw Hat at first. She was just supposed to be a generic, short-lived ArcVillain even though TheReveal about her being a princess came few chapters later, meaning that Oda made that up rather spontaneously. This is was her face completely changes design between two scenes, going from harsh and sharp-eyed to soft and [[GoodEyesEvilEyes wide-eyed]].

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* While Creator/EiichiroOda of the ''Manga/OnePiece'' fame certainly doesn't do this improve plot all the time, he may actually be doing it more often than his fans - who almost worship him for his use of ChekhovsArmory - realize. He has admitted that some things were made up more or less on the spot:
** Vivi wasn't supposed to be the series' most well-known princess and honorary Straw Hat at first. She was just supposed to be a generic, short-lived ArcVillain even though TheReveal about her being a princess came a few chapters later, meaning that Oda made that up rather spontaneously. This is was why her face completely changes design between two scenes, going from harsh and sharp-eyed to soft and [[GoodEyesEvilEyes wide-eyed]].
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