Espenson drafts - Superstar
Superstar is one of my favourite Buffy episodes. As Espenson makes clear, the idea came straight from Whedon, with the teaser pretty much fully-formed. But even so, the shifts (even subtle tiny ones from draft to draft in the teaser) demonstrate again, the writer's craft and the fraught relationship between structure, form and creativity. Even the development of the stage directions between drafts one and two relating to the opening of scene 11 (presumably to provide the production design team with as much information as possible) illustrate the attention to detail that is required to get an episode (the outcome of which seems inevitable) on air.
Espenson makes some interesting comments about it, some snippets of which are below.
There is no outline for this episode so we start with draft one
Here is draft two
And draft three
For the shooting scripts, check out this link to Amazon and this one for Buffy's 20th Anniversary stuff
Clearly, the show is all about Buffy, so it is interesting to hear from Espenson how a charcter episode like this provides new opportunities to write the principal player:
So what about writing for a relatively minor character, and an actor whose range you';re much less familiar with?