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Strange World Writer details the differences between writing for animation and live action

strange world is the next Walt Disney Animation Studios film that will bring together Raya and the last dragonthe writing and directing team of Don Hall and Qui Nguyen. ComicBook.com recently had the chance to chat with the duo, and Nguyen explained how it was different working on Raya and how strange world is truly “a personal story for Don”. Besides writing animated feature films, Nguyen has also written for live-action projects, including those for Netflix. The society and SyFy incorporated. During his conversation with ComicBook.comNguyen talked about writing for different mediums.

“Well, I think the difference between writing scripts, let’s say live action, usually…you go to the studio, you pitch in and they’re like, ‘Yeah, do this movie. You write it, then the director comes after. In the animation, the impetus came from Don, Don brought me. “I’m not really writing the script which is perfect. I’m going to sell and pitch to Don and say, ‘Don, could you approve of that.’ I’m basically writing footage which, I have to admit, I’ve been working a little hard on, because I know there’s also an amazing team of story artists I can collaborate with, so I’ve just the basic idea.”

Nguyen added. “I work with them. I vignette my scene, they have fun on it. They even put some of their own lines in there and then I pick it up and then I zhoosh it, so it all feels like a story. It’s a much more back and forth, a much more collaborative process than just writing the script and giving in and running the script it’s literally working with Don, working with the story artist and then the animators throughout , then with Jacques [Gyllenhaal] and Lucia [Liu] and our actors in the room, they’re also getting better in the booth, so it’s a much smoother collaborative process than just writing it and animating it.”

“Yeah. There’s no finished script yet,” Hall added. “The movie’s done. There’s a finished script. After that point, everything is, like we said, it’s just very malleable. It’s very collaborative and we swap stuff back and forth and that’s where it works the best I think its the credit [Nguyen] was able, even though his background is in other types of writing, including playwriting, to come here and fully embrace the process and the process has fully embraced him in such a beautiful way. Even since, it was years ago, working with the story team from the very beginning, but it was very obvious that we all had kind of a hive mind of what this story is about. Not that it was prescriptive in any way, but we all knew what we were looking for and so everything, it just felt, it was just a really, really magical collaboration.”

strange world opens in theaters November 23. Stay tuned for more from our interviews with the creators behind strange world.