Saved My Bacon
It’s 1913 and a big city reporter travels out to the country to meet The World’s Greatest Pig.
There will always be a place in storytelling for rural tall tales. Big Fish did it quite successfully. And it’s easy to see why. There’s something about combining the honest simplicity of “down-home rural folk” with fanciful humorous stories that simply works. (And really beats Deliverance when it comes to telling country stories by the campfire…)
Saved My Bacon comes straight from that pedigree (Big Fish… not Deliverance.) Featuring only two main protags, it follows the story of Milo the Reporter who’s come to interview Farmer Davis… a simple man with an extraordinary pig. The result is pure Mark Twain – a sweet narrative, with a very effective ending.
Running only 5 pages long, this is a perfect script for anyone interested in telling a solid, amusing tale. As long as you have access to Wilbur for the shoot…
About the writer: Tim Westland, co-writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Chasing the Dead, received first place for Balls Out in the NNYM 15 page contest. A moderator at Moviepoet, he’s an outstanding writer with an eye for the details. His IMDB page can be found here.
Budget: The vast majority of this script is low budget. Two protags, one room and a single rural exterior shot. The one – er – stumbling point is that you have to get a pig – and do a little FX for its legs. But when you get that, this one’s golden!
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