Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jonah Hex - Straight From the Horse's Mouth - Grant McLaughlin


1 – Night time. An establishing shot in front of large farmstead. A sign above the entrance road reads “MacDougall Farm”. There's a regular looking farmhouse. One of the lights is on. People can be seen within. Without, there are two men walking towards the house.

MAN 1: Long ride today.

CAPTION: I used to run with some pretty shady folk. Didn't think much of it.

2 – The “camera” has moved closer to the house, as have the two men. However, the panel isn't centred on the house, it's actually off to the side a bit. A barn is visible beyond it.

MAN 2: Worth it for that stallion.

CAPTION: Wasn't too great of a varmint myself.

3 – The camera has continued beyond the house, now centred squarely on said barn.

CAPTION: All that changed the day I found myself on the wrong side of Jonah Hex.

4 – Interior of the barn. A group of animals (cows, chickens, pigs, horses, etc.) crowd around a certain horse with some scar marks around its front legs (hint: it's the one you're thinking of). They all look quite astounded. The horse looks weary (or as weary as a horse can). The following word balloons don't have to be associated with any particular animal, it's mostly to represent how excited they are about this story.

ANIMAL 1: You don't say!

ANIMAL 2: What happened?

ANIMAL 3: What did he do to you?

5 – Close-up of the horse. He still looks weary, maybe even doubtful. No dialogue.

6 – Same panel as panel 5.

HORSE: You wouldn't believe me if I told you.


Yeah, this just happened.  One day I might write a serious script again, but at this rate, don't count on it being anytime soon.

4 comments:

  1. This made me laugh hard. The opening, including that brilliant slow pan, is right out a Hex comic, then the ridiculous ending goes somewhere I-dunno-where. I cannot even imagine what your original script must have been about.

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  2. Nicely executed.

    The panels and captions pull you in before you dodge and swerve with the closing panels.

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  3. If this wasn't so well crafted it wouldn't work, but the pace and pull in are so damn perfect I can't help but love it when you pull the carpet out from under me. Cool page.

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  4. I'm not going to lie, J.D., I didn't have an idea for my script before your "Why?" post went up, but the moment I saw it, I knew that I needed to tell a tale from that horse's perspective. I'm glad to see that it was well received. Thanks, gents.

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