We at Wired are engaged in what we think is a pretty cool experiment. We’ve just started a blog called Storyboard, and on it we’re documenting, in near-real-time, the process of conceiving, writing, editing, and designing a feature for our November issue. We’re posting pretty much everything–internal emails, rough drafts, edit memos, PDFs of layouts, marked-up page proofs, etc.It starts with an idea, of course–a bunch of dudes gathered around a table talking–and then comes the pitch, and in a few days time, you should see the rough draft.
The other cool thing? The story in question is a profile of Charlie Kaufman, the brilliant screenwriter behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich. He’s got his directorial debut coming out in October, and gave us unprecedented access. So anyone who’s interested in his work may enjoy seeing how this piece comes together.
If you ever wondered how a magazine article is made, or if you're a fan of Wired, this is a great opportunity to see some of the most brilliant minds in tech journalism working with award-winning magazine designers to make it all come together. (Check out The Process, creative director Scott Dadich's blog, for updates on the design front.)
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