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19th Sep '17 1:33:57 PM cwickham
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** Series X had all six scripts written and ready to go... but then the production found out they wouldn't be able to do any location filming (it being a choice between that and having a live audience for the studio records). Episodes 5 & 6 couldn't go ahead without the location filming, and they were both scrapped and had to be replaced with new episodes, written ''whilst the other four were being filmed''. Only half of the new episode 5, "Dear Dave", was able to be filmed in front of an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, shoot new scenes with greenscreen and splice it altogether.

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** Series X had all six scripts written and ready to go... but then the production found out they wouldn't be able to do any location filming (it being a choice between that and having a live audience for the studio records). Episodes 5 & 6 couldn't go ahead without the location filming, and they were both scrapped and had to be replaced with new episodes, written ''whilst the other four were being filmed''. Only half of the new episode 5, "Dear Dave", was able to be filmed in front of an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, shoot new scenes with greenscreen and splice it altogether. At the time the cast were being ''interviewed for the making-of documentary for the DVD'', they ''still'' weren't sure if they were going to be able to film everything.
17th Sep '17 12:30:34 PM cwickham
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* The concluding episode of ''Series/RedDwarf VI'' was extremely rushed, and in fact on the night it was filmed before the live audience it still wasn't entirely complete, meaning the writers had to type the script directly onto autocues for the cast.
** Writer Doug Naylor repeatedly dithered over what the ending to Series VIII should be, having had to scrap his originally planned finale as the budget had run out. The ending they went with was so rushed the director had to step in to play a part using a costume nicked from another series; this replaced another ending which the cast were purportedly in costume, ready to film, when it was scrapped.
** Series X had all six scripts written and ready to go... but then the production found out they wouldn't be able to do any location filming (it being a choice between that and having a live audience for the studio records). Episodes 5 & 6 couldn't go ahead without the location filming, and they were both scrapped and had to be replaced with new episodes, written ''whilst the other four were being filmed''. Only half of the new episode 5, "Dear Dave", was able to be filmed in front of an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, shoot new scenes with greenscreen and splice it altogether.
*** To compound this, the ending of episode 4 required a chimp, who would be played by an actor in a costume. Nobody realised that there were limits on how many hours he could work inside the chimp suit until the day of filming, meaning the original ending had to be thrown out and a new one written more or less on the spot.
9th Sep '17 6:49:28 PM 108names
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* Compare [[Creator/MarvelComics "The Marvel Method"]] from the same era: One writer would plot a story, an artist would draw the comic, then another writer would do the dialogue, often having to explain things all by himself. This is why Marvel was able to put about half a dozen or so comics each month even though the stories were devised almost exclusively by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Marvel used this system as late as the 80's.

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* Compare [[Creator/MarvelComics "The Marvel Method"]] from the same era: One writer would plot a story, an artist would draw the comic, then another writer would do the dialogue, often having to explain things all by himself. This is why Marvel was able to put about half a dozen or so comics each month even though the stories were devised almost exclusively by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Kirby, Steve Ditko.Ditko and (it is claimed) Stan Lee. Marvel used this system as late as the 80's.
6th Sep '17 7:12:49 PM Malady
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* The cast of ''Podcast/WritingExcuses'' have often talked about the difference between being a outliner vs. a discovery writer. DanWells, author of the ''[[Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller John Cleaver Trilogy]]'' is a self-confessed discovery writer, but Creator/BrandonSanderson is very much an outliner.

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* The cast of ''Podcast/WritingExcuses'' have often talked about the difference between being a outliner vs. a discovery writer. DanWells, Creator/DanWells, author of the ''[[Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller John Cleaver Trilogy]]'' is a self-confessed discovery writer, but Creator/BrandonSanderson is very much an outliner.
27th Aug '17 8:38:53 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' went into pre-production without a script that the filmmakers wanted to use. Creator/BrianDePalma designed the action sequences but neither David Koepp nor Robert Towne were satisfied with the story that would make these sequences take place. Towne ended up helping organize a beginning, middle and end to hang story details on while De Palma and Koepp worked on the plot. Towne rewrote scenes literally between takes during filming.

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* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' went into pre-production without a script that the filmmakers wanted to use. Creator/BrianDePalma designed the action sequences but neither David Koepp Creator/DavidKoepp nor Robert Towne Creator/RobertTowne were satisfied with the story that would make these sequences take place. Towne ended up helping organize a beginning, middle and end to hang story details on while De Palma and Koepp worked on the plot. Towne rewrote scenes literally between takes during filming.
19th Aug '17 8:50:41 PM Psyga315
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* This is how ''WebAnimation/RWBY'' tends to do some of its plot. While some things were set from day one, such as [[spoiler:Pyrrha's death]], others, like the Maidens, were thought up at different points of production.
19th Aug '17 11:57:00 AM CASCHero
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* Hiro Mishima of ''Manga/RaveMaster'' and ''Manga/FairyTail'' fame has admitted he doesn't always plan out of his arcs, sometime starting with the concept and going from there. This is the reason why some of his story elements can feel a bit disjointed in certain arcs.
13th Aug '17 7:44:42 AM DaibhidC
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** When writing ''Disceworld/TheThiefOfTime'', he knew that Ronnie Soak was [[spoiler: the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse]], but he only worked out what his actual ''name'' in that role was at about the same time as Lu-Tze.

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** When writing ''Disceworld/TheThiefOfTime'', ''Disceworld/ThiefOfTime'', he knew that Ronnie Soak was [[spoiler: the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse]], but he only worked out what his actual ''name'' in that role was at about the same time as Lu-Tze.
13th Aug '17 7:43:22 AM DaibhidC
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** When writing ''Disceworld/TheThiefOfTime'', he knew that Ronnie Soak was [[spoiler: the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse]], but he only worked out what his actual ''name'' in that role was at about the same time as Lu-Tze.
11th Aug '17 9:12:58 AM GrigorII
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