Exclusive Preview: The Write Environment with Damon Lindelof (LOST)
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present a preview of the new DVD series called The Write Environment, a series of one-on-one interviews with very talented and recognizable writers from your favorite television shows. Created and hosted by screenwriter Jeff Berman, who co-founded UnitedHollywood during the writers strike, I highly recommend these DVDs for any aspiring writers who are interested in and inspired by television and pop culture. Not all are available for purchase yet, but all DVDs will be sold via the official Write Environment site and Amazon.
Tomorrow I will review the interviews with Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse) and Phil Rosenthal (Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond). And I hope to provide reviews in the near future of the interviews with Tim Kring (Heroes), Doug Ellin (Entourage) and Sam Simon (The Simpsons).
The interview was shot like an intimate, well-produced home video and gives us a very cool glimpse into Lindelof's office; the comfortable space of his actual writing environment, surrounded by Lost props and various pop culture toys and posters.
Without giving away too many details, I can tell you that Lindelof discusses both his writing process and details about his vision for Lost from conception (the pilot) through completion (the last episode of Season 6). He talks about how the serialized storytelling and character-driven elements of comic books influence him and also gives advice to those who seek careers as writers.
This may be old news to some, but Lindelof is writing scripts for the Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk comics and is producing the new Star Trek film (directed by Lost co-creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams), in addition to writing and producing episodes of Lost.
I believe that aspiring writers and Lost fans alike will really enjoy this 48-minute DVD; it is well worth your $10.99. Lindelof touches upon the island as a character, the end game and mythology of the show and even Jack's infamous Thailand tattoo episode.
You can pre-order this DVD right now; it will be released on November 26, and would make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!