Jemaine Clement wrote:"When we do write [our own scripts] we're quite analytical about it. You choose all these lines really carefully and then when you act it's like it doesn't matter and we don't memorize them and we sort of do something which sort of comes out a lot like the script. I guess the acting is an extension of the writing." Asked if the writing gave a structure to the scenes, he replied, "Yeah, we take the writing a lot more seriously than the acting."
Asked about episodes of FOTC written by Taika Cohen and Duncan Sarkies, he said, "We storylined them. So we give them a storyline and they hand in their first draft and then we give them notes on that. And then we do the last re-write."
James Bobin wrote:The first thing we have done both seasons is write down all the ideas all 3 of us have, and they can be song ideas or story ideas, and then stick them on boards. You may have seen the New York Times article with the photo of us at work and noticed all the index cards. That is a fairly late stage in the process where we have 10 favourite episodes, 3 or 4 possible episodes and a bunch of spare ideas on different boards.
James Bobin wrote:As a director I always like to get takes from the script that I'm happy with before we move on into improvisation as I think a lot of the scripts have some nice phrases or wording that are only going to be funny if they are said in a certain way and exactly as written; Keitha's speech about her parentage in Unnatural Love being a good example, as with Dave's description of a puppy being born from Sally Returns last season; and with Murrays dick Medicine line to Jemaine from Murray Next Level; they were all written so well they don't need any help with improv.
Beth Thrutchley asks - Is there any silliness in the scripts that Bret and Jemaine have refused to do? They commit to their parts so ferociously that I am curious if there is some line they have not been willing to cross.
James Bobin replies - Not really. I don't think it would be funny if it even began to make either of them uncomfortable as they are so easy going - so we've never really come across this.
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