Rick and Morty writer’s room
I wanted to figure out how does the process of writing a Rick and Morty episode look like, and here’s the information I could assemble.
They have 3 boards in the writer’s room:
1. Brainstorming board
They start by brainstorming episode ideas and writing them down on the board.
These are general high concept story ideas that look like this:
2. Story Circle board
Then they work on a rough story outline. They use Dan Harmon’s story circle that represents the simplified version of Campbell’s Hero’s journey, and looks like this:
You can read more about it in the awesome series of articles about the story structure that he wrote, here you can read about the process of breaking a story in more details, and here Dan explains this process using a Community episode as an example.
Sometimes, there are several circles for different characters or storylines.
If you look closely, you can see that they also have a print out of Campbell’s monomyth on their board.
Here’s how the breakdown of the “Close Rick-Counters” episode look like:
Finally they create an outline of the episode, these are just 2 acts broken down into scenes for A and B stories.
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