Hey guys. Just got out of listening to the TeamFourStar podcast. They mentioned that for one of their gags (the second "Muffin Button" joke), they had an almost entirely different delivery in mind than how it turned out in the episode due to footage restrictions.
-I was always under the impression that they watched the episode, saw a scene and thought "what can we do with this?".
So, main question I wanna through up there is to the Abridge and Parody writers out there;
Do you script your project after watching footage, and try to work with what you have, or before watching the episode and trying to fit the visuals the the script as best you can?
I find that the initial usually calls for a lot less re-writes. You know what's available, so you just need to figure out how to screw with it. The latter on the other hand seems to allow much more creativity. If you want Yusuke to be fighting a bull like a matador in the 2nd round of the Dark tournament, you're going to have to work hard to deliver that cleanly.
My first two projects were both conversation-based, so it really wasn't that hard to suit the video to the jokes aside from the flap synching.
For Durarara, I watched the episode first, didn't put too much attention to the tools at hand, and just wrote sort of whatever. It was hard to suit up and a lot of it got cut.
For Ben-To I watched the footage about 3x over. Every time I look at the script, everything seems to fit, but writing it felt a lot more confining and in effect, a lot less fun.