Wesleyan University’s 181st Commencement on Sunday features Joss Whedon 1987 graduate, film and television director, writer and producer, delivering the commencement address.
Whedon is an award-winning writer, director and producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and the 2012 superhero blockbuster, The Avengers.
The son and grandson of television writers, Whedon grew up in New York and studied film at Wesleyan University in Middletown.
According to IMDB, after relocating to Los Angeles, Whedon landed his first TV writing job on "Roseanne", and moved on to script a season of "Parenthood". He then developed a film script which went on to become Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992).
Then, according to IMDB, Whedon earned screenwriting credits on such high profile productions as Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Toy Story (1995), for which he was Oscar nominated. He also worked as a 'script doctor' on various features, notably Speed (1994).
Whedon directs the sequel to "The Avengers." He's best known for helming the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" TV shows, as well as the film "Serenity."
"The film, shot in October 2011 at Whedon’s own house over the course of less than two weeks, is set for a June 7 theater release, but we finally get a taste of what it will look like. It’s shot in mostly black and white, with the trailer set to an upbeat, jazzy tune, and we can see some of the promised all-star cast, many of whom Whedon has put in his other films and shows."