Last Sunday (July 13th, date fans) I completed Bitchnapped, my American action-comedy script, and set about doing the first read-through.
Written in the same vein / vain / vane (choose one. No one cares) to films such as We’re the Millers, The Heat, Due Date and The Hangover, the logline reads as follow:
When Jody’s girlfriend is kidnapped because of her incompetent drug-dealing, she must rekindle two long-dead relationships and get to Mexico within 48 hour... in order to rescue the love of her life from a psychotic Mexican drug-lord.
Written for the American market, it still contains a lot of my anarchic comedy and ridiculous characters, but it also has real heart and a lot of action… mostly involving a crappy old R.V. (recreational vehicle, acronym fans!) and guns. Lots and lots of guns.
I can say this now because Jess and I did my obligatory read-through* and Bitchnapped is… actually quite good.
Yep. You heard it here first. Well, you read it here, unless you have one of those devices that read out everything in a scary, robotic voice that will one day become sentient and possess you.
A writer just said their writing was something not shit.
I know, right? Call the Vatican. A miracle has happened. I guess I presumed Bitchnapped would be an ungainly mess because I didn’t plan it – I even said so in my previous Blog posts – but it’s actually not bad at all.
It needs a rewrite (it’s my first draft. Of course it needs a bloody rewrite) but the characters are there, the plot is there and the themes are solid and in place. It does need some scenes trimmed or blasted into space and some of the dialogue is repetitive in places, but overall it’s not the bloated, awful shitbox of cack I had envisaged.
Which is nice.
I previously mentioned my concern over the following:
a.) Is it good?
b.) Is it paced well?
c.) Does it have well-defined characters?
d.) Is actually a giant, confused mess…?
I can’t answer one without my ego-monitor exploding, but it read quickly, the characters were defined and it wasn’t confusing (for the most part!).
Now, just because Jess and I didn’t hate the crap out of it doesn’t mean it’s awesome. That comes when I send it out…
So that’s that.
Bitchnapped 1st Draft done, dusted and read-through. Like I’ve mentioned before, this script took my 6 months to write with no planning, but Dead of Knight took 1 month to write with 2 month’s planning.
Planning – for me – wins.
* Yeah, so Jess signed a contract before we began dating, forcing her to read-through everything I write. Out loud. In front of me. Including this Blog post. And Post-It notes and shopping lists and greetings cards and the occasional rude word I’ll scribble on a piece of paper in church, just to embarrass her.