Writing for Gooseberry

25 April, 2014 |  19 Comments | by Ton Roosendaal

Writer Esther Wouda and director Mathieu Auvray meet in a Paris Laundromat to discuss the writing process of the Gooseberry Project.

19 Responses

  1. knightgregory says:

    all the best guys!
    writing is hard because of all the limitless tangents one
    can go on to explore the story.
    this was a fun little video.

  2. JG Loquet says:

    Big fan of Esther’s work on Sintel, and of her approach to screenplay writing. All my support, hopes and best wishes for this new project !

  3. Thomas says:


    thanks for this great interview and movie! I like the style of the movie and your way you think.
    but let me make one remark. please make the project gooseberry to something really special by making it as open as possible. Openness is in my opinion the most wonderful challenge of this project and it means for me a complete different way of thinking from which we all could benefit very much, especially in the all creative industries.

    To go public with great ideas, well balanced thoughts, with the best work we are able of, with almost or finished results, that is the common usual way. It is in some way for the own ego the most suitable one. Because as I do (and maybe many of you to) I don’t want to be charged for my mistakes, failures or unfinished work which I could have been avoided or hidden from the public. If I make something not as good as I want, I try not to show it to anyone. Everyone should get the best picture of me and my work…. but is this openness? Is it the best way to learn and profit from each other?
    So please do not only show the professional good side of you and your work-!- make your unfinished thoughts public; show your bad ideas; tell everything you know, what you like on the project, what you don’t like, what you had to accept because of some reasons and so on. Gooseberry might be the chance to change a bit of our traditional way of thinking where everyone has to put himself into the best light and every good idea and good work needs to have one creator (which than can be proud of his work) … let’s make it an open project. A project were incompleteness and failures are public and common. No one should blame anyone for work in progress – it is our chance to work together. Make the project so open that in the end every part of the project is the result of many many creative minds. Of course you are the one writing / directing it – so it is your responsibility to make the best out of it. I do not think or say the community can create a story or movie in some kind of democratic process – but I do think that the community should discuss about every part of this project. So that everyone can give ideas and solve problems. And therefore it is of highest importance to put all incomplete work and thoughts public.

    Secretiveness to keep the eagerness of potential customers high and to suppress competitors this is the usual and very common way in our industries. But there is no need and use of this in the gooseberry project, in my opinion.
    Please choose the other way. Make it open! Put the manuscript public as it is today. Change it every day. Enjoy or maybe also hate the discussion and critiques that will come from the blender (gooseberry) community.

    The above said is not only meant for the writing part of gooseberry. It should account for every part of the movie. I believe openness and respect of each other – these two make us benefit from this project so much more.

    I hope some can follow my thoughts – I am not English native
    What do you think?

  4. Hansen says:

    Laundromat. WHY.
    But, I really appreciate an up-close interview with these two propeller-heads as they cook up the script.

    • salas says:

      It may be an add for washing machine !! Maybe they had samsung or sim in their sponsor !

  5. Light BWK says:

    Being a screenplay writer myself, I know the feeling they are experiencing.

    In the early stages, all is unknown, very scary, white canvas, much headache. Later when a skeleton is built the fine tuning happens. This stage will start carving the overall feel and mood of screenplay, lot of rewrite, should this be first shown or later, same message different sequence will produce different level of emotion impact.

    To get 120 pages, it feels like you are writing 200+ pages with the extra 80+ pages discarded in either draft or fully written form. One thing any screenplay writer has to do, staying honest with the grand vision. Sometimes subtle things will change the whole movie feel. Always keep that in balance.

    Screenplay is the art of inducing emotion, almost like engineering with nuts and bolts in very specific shapes and sizes to produce a moving part, just like Howl’s Moving Castle, just need some script magic. ;D

  6. Lis says:

    I really hope to see more of this:) it’s such an interesting project. And if you think about the story taking place not only in different worlds but in different dimensions as well, it fits really good with the various animation styles. Michel the sheep cruising through the multiverse:D

  7. irishsober says:

    That was good to know. What about a thunder clap campaign for the project.

  8. Jason says:

    I love this project, especially that short vigniette doc introducing the writers. Great job-Super Great collaboration!

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