David Fury Chat
Our very own member WeirdArchives managed to pose some very interesting questions to Buffy writer David Fury in a chat that was scheduled on 4/19/00 by Raven of Fandom. The following is published
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: What are your feelings about the present trend of
the modern adaptations of Shakespeare, such as the upcoming
version of HAMLET set in present day Wall Street?
davidf: I think the various approaches to the material keep it alive
and fresh for modern audiences. They're pretty cool. And its not
like the originals go away.
weirdarchives: Naturally. Would Sarah consider nude scenes if
you wrote the script?
davidf: I think she'd consider firing my a** if I wrote her a nude
scene. Sheas been a good sport about the ones we include in her
love scenes, but she doesn't have to do it. So she wont. Can
you blame her?
weirdarchives: What series are you hoping to free-lance for if
given the chance, such as FARSCAPE or GOOD VS. EVIL or even
LEXX. Id always wonder what a writer such as yourself or Joss
would do with the characters on FARSCAPE.
davidf: Honestly, I've never seen any of those shows. Not sure
Joss has either. Despite my BUFFY pedigree, I'm really more of a
comedy writer. Buffy affords me the opportunity to do comedy,
drama, romance, teen coming-of-age stuff, horror... All in one
episode! I don't think there's another show on television that
gives a writer that kind of playing field.
weirdarchives: A question about how a Buffy script is created: is
there anything you and the guys do to help break the dreaded
Writers Block and if the scripts a collaboration, who gets the top
davidf: When a story's not readily breaking, Joss generally
disbands us... No use killing ourselves if the juices aren't flowing.
Sometimes he take us out to lunch, to get us away from the
office... Hell even treat us to film matinees (we all saw SOUTH
PARK in the middle of a Thursday afternoon)... Often, Joss will
come in the next day with the answers to whatas blocking us.
That's always a treat. As for billing? It goes by seniority of title.
Supervising Producer before Producer, Co-Producer before Story
Editor, etc. The titles go like this in ascending order: Staff Writer,
Story Editor, Executive Story Editor, Co-Producer, Producer,
Supervising Producer, Co-Executive Producer and Executive
weirdarchives: All right, I've always been wanting to ask
this...Is Alyson that wild as she appears to be or is that like a
front of sort?
davidf: Wild? Our sweet, innocent Aly? No comment.
weirdarchives: Any chance the Dark Willow will make a return? I
have the feeling Alyson loves the Leather Corset.
davidf: Love to see her again. Were toying around with one
story that would include her. Just have to wait and see. (And
don't we all love the corset?)
weirdarchives: A question about the present season...are you
disappointed on the fans` reaction to Adam? I was hoping Prof.
Walsh would be the `Big Heavy` considering her background?
davidf: I understand the fans` reaction to Adam. He wasn't the
charismatic bad guy weave come to expect on BUFFY. I
personally had trouble writing him. But Adam is meant to represent
cold science and technology, in the face of all the mystical
mythology. In that way, I think he served his purpose. As far as
Maggie... you may not have seen the last of her...
weirdarchives: Is there any insider gags you feel proud of, such
as the Upside Down Chips?
davidf: I don't think any of us feel proud when we slip in inside
jokes. There's always a sense of shame that were leaving
everyone else out of the joke. Please forgive me, all of you.
weirdarchives: Are there any villains you wished were further
explored? I kinda thought Mr. Trick should have survived well into
davidf: There were great hopes for Mr. Trick, but the character
just didn't seem to live up to its potential. Love to see Dru back,
especially with Spike neutered. The First from AMENDS. And, hey,
how bout those fish guys from GO FISH.
weirdarchives: About the vampire mythos...a friend of mine
complained that the vamps could be recorded on video yet not
reflect on mirrors. In the British series ULTRA VIOLET, the vamps
couldn't even use telephones because their voices couldn't be
davidf: BUFFY`s vampire mythology serves the stories rather than
the stories serving the mythology. They can be seen on video or
in photos because we needed them to be seen to serve a
particular story. We do, however, try to remain consistent.
weirdarchives: I heard Sarah once considered writing a Buffy
script. Has any of the cast wanted to contribute?
davidf: Nicks expressed interest in directing. Haven't heard of
any of the actors with a writing bug.
weirdarchives: Any comments about the present problem with
eBay selling preview tapes? I smell lawsuit in the water.
davidf: I don't really have an opinion on the subject. Ill leave
that to the lawyers.
davidf: Thanks, everybody. I always appreciate talking to fans of
the show. You're the best. Take care and keep watching the skis.
Um... skies. (yeah, I know, its from the SIMPSONS - I'm an
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