Cool stuff: Scriptwriting for animation

Mike Dimartino

Mike Dimartino discusses the process behind creating a script for Avatar: The Legend of Korra.

I was house sitting for a friend this weekend and decided to take the opportunity to catch up on several shows I’ve fallen behind on. I’m a HUGE fan of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender, but didn’t exactly fall in love with Avatar: The Legend of Korra. I felt The Last Airbender created this wonderful world that is slowly revealed to you throughout the show, and up until the very end, they stuck to the rules they had created. Korra feels a lot more rushed, and to a certain degree more sloppy, when it comes to the writing, but it still has some incredibly well told stories.

With that in mind, you should check out a post by Mike DiMartino, a writer at Nickelodeon who worked on both The Last Airbender and Korra, about the creation of the script for a single animated episode of Avatar. At very least it’ll help you feel less shitty when you realise that it takes a full time writer about three weeks to create the first draft of a 22 minute episode.


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