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.


  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.

  2. Nicely executed.

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

  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.

  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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