Analysis of Bad Boy

Executive Summary


Genres: Thriller, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Comedy, Adventure

Setting: Contemporary, Indiana, USA

Overview: The screenplay demonstrates a noteworthy level of originality and creativity in its premise, character development, and exploration of themes. While certain elements could be further refined to enhance their impact, the screenplay's overall approach to storytelling and its ability to evoke strong emotions make it a standout.

Themes: Survival, Companionship, Trauma and Healing, Isolation and Loneliness, Betrayal

Conflict and Stakes: The primary conflicts in this story revolve around Gary's struggle to survive and protect those he cares about, as well as the conflict between Cameron's violent tendencies and Gary's loyalty. The stakes are high as Gary and Kat's lives are in danger, and their actions could have a significant impact on their own safety and the safety of others.

Overall Mood: Suspenseful and somber

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

  • Scene 1: The mood in this scene is lighthearted and playful as Gary focuses on playing fetch with a tennis ball.
  • Scene 15: The mood in this scene is tense and unsettling as Gary discovers the bloodstains in the basement and the fingernail painted rose.
  • Scene 25: The mood in this scene is intense and suspenseful as Gary and Kat try to escape from Cameron in the barn.

Standout Features:

  • Unique Hook: The unique hook of this screenplay is the perspective of the dog, Gary, as he navigates through various challenges and forms a bond with Kat.
  • Major Twist : A major twist in the screenplay is the revelation of Cameron's violent tendencies and the danger he poses to Gary and Kat.
  • Distinctive Setting : The distinctive setting of the cornfield and the farm adds to the suspense and creates a visually striking backdrop for the story.

Comparable Scripts:

  • A Dog's Purpose
  • Marley & Me
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Old Yeller
  • Lassie


Explanation: The screenplay for 'Bad Boy' showcases notable strengths in character development, plot, pacing, dialogue, and symbolism. However, it would benefit from addressing inconsistencies in pacing, providing clearer resolutions, developing Cameron's motivations more fully, exploring Kat's trauma and relationship with Gary in greater depth, and eliminating redundant dialogue. With these areas addressed, the screenplay has the potential to be a compelling and engaging feature film.

USP:This script offers a unique perspective by placing a dog, Gary, at the center of the story. Through Gary's eyes, the audience experiences a journey of resilience, loyalty, and the power of companionship. The script's originality is enhanced by its atmospheric and evocative writing style, which creates a sense of intimacy and emotional connection with the characters. This script stands out from others in its genre by exploring themes of isolation, redemption, and the dark side of human nature through the lens of a dog's perspective. It will captivate its target audience with its compelling storytelling, relatable characters, and the heartfelt bond between Gary and his owner, Cameron.
Market Analaysis

Budget Estimate:$10-15 million

Target Audience Demographics: Adults aged 18-54, fans of suspenseful dramas and stories about the bond between humans and animals

Marketability: The screenplay has a compelling and unique premise that can attract a wide audience, and the themes of loyalty and survival resonate with viewers.

The screenplay explores dark and suspenseful themes, which can attract fans of psychological thrillers and dramas.

The screenplay has the potential to generate buzz and critical acclaim due to its unique blend of genres and exploration of the bond between humans and animals.

Profit Potential: Moderate to high, as the screenplay appeals to a wide adult audience and has the potential for strong word-of-mouth and critical acclaim.

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Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's voice in this screenplay is characterized by its focus on solitude and isolation, emotional depth, and the power of companionship. The writing style is simple, yet evocative and atmospheric, drawing the reader into the characters' inner worlds.

Best representation: Scene 1 - A Glimmer of Hope. Scene 1 is the best representative of the writer's voice because it effectively combines simple, evocative language with a focus on solitude and isolation to create a powerful and atmospheric opening to the screenplay.

Memorable Lines:

  • Cameron: I’m never gonna let them put us back in a cage. Ever. (Scene 29)
  • Cameron: All I wanted was to be a good boy. (Scene 15)
  • Cameron: Who am I? (Scene 11)
  • Gary: Because, unlike Cameron, he’s a fucking good boy. (Scene 39)
  • Cameron: I’m a good boy. A good boy. (Scene 40)

Writing Style:

The writing style of the entire screenplay is characterized by its ability to create emotional connections, explore themes of love and belonging, and capture authentic emotions and realistic dialogue.

Style Similarities:

  • John Green
  • Greta Gerwig
Other Similarities: The screenplay also exhibits similarities with other screenwriters/authors in terms of descriptive language, focus on rural settings and characters, use of suspenseful and mysterious elements, and exploration of psychological horror and twisted relationships.
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