Interview: Blood Widow writers Chad Coup and Ian Davis Simon Fitzjohn June 4, 2014 Editor's Choice, Interviews 1 Comment 3937 Chad Coup and Ian Davis co-write the new horror movie Blood Widow (which weâ€™ll review on this site in the next few days) together. But just what does co-writing a movie mean? And how many arguments does it take before a writing duo finish a draft? We find out! MR: Had you both written together before? How did the collaboration come about? Chad: I had written small shorts beforehand, but I found that collaboration is something I really liked. You can have someone aware of any potential mistakes you may make before your work gets ahead of itself. Ian: Blood Widow is the third script we wrote together. We co-wrote and shot an unreleased, micro-budget cop drama first. After that, we co-wrote a comedy script that we hope to produce one day, should the opportunity arise. When the opportunity for Blood Widow came along, it seemed natural to continue the partnership. MR: Were you always on the same page, or were there some tiffs along the way? Chad: I canâ€™t think of any major roadblocks. My challenge was to make sure both of us understood and respected the conventions of the horror slasher sub-genre. Iâ€™ve watched a few more horror movies than Ian has, so I had to explain myself every once in a while. Ian: We agreed most of the time, as far as I recall. The only big disagreement that sticks out to me is how to handle the cell phone situation. We brainstormed a lot of complicated scenarios in which the characters, for whatever reason, couldnâ€™t call for help. In the end, somewhat ironically, once we were on location, cell service was practically nonexistent. MR: How does co-writing work â€“ are you working alongside each other on computers, or are you sending pages back and forth to each other from your respective homes or offices? Chad: It was a little of everything. Ian and I are co-workers for our day jobs and we couldnâ€™t always get to work in the same room. I prefer working in the same room, but itâ€™s much faster, sometimes, to see a completed scene without being there for each individual stage direction and line of dialogue as it they are written. Ian: For the first draft, it was a trade-offâ€”I write a scene, Chad writes a scene, and then weâ€™d meet up and discuss what was written. The second draft was very much side-by-side, line-by-line, and the third draft was more of that with the addition of Jeremiah Buckhalt (the director) sitting in on the process. MR: Chad, what do you think Ian brought to the script? What was something he added to it that you give him one-hundred percent credit for? Chad: Ian has a pretty natural ear for dialogue. I found this out during the first table read. My dialogue that ended up in the movie was pretty clunky at times, but we were already hurried during pre-production and it didnâ€™t get totally smoothed over. During ADR and re-writes, more of Ianâ€™s stuff came through, including the 5-minute prologue sequence, and it was then I realized that I was more suited to other strengths. The cast also improvised and paraphrased a bit, which was a good thing. MR: Ian, same question for you. What did Chad bring to this script? Something he came up with that was absolutely genius? Ian: Chad is all about the structure and pacing of a scene, as well as the movieâ€™s vision as a whole, while Iâ€™m much more about the character side of things. While Chad might set up a really awesome action sequence, my contribution would be to figure out how to get the characters into that sequence in a way I thought was interesting and engaging. MR: Did either of you spend much time on the set? How great is it seeing your words come to life? Chad: I had to take on duties as producer early on, and that meant I was there for most all pre-production meetings, location scouting, set construction, striking sets, hauling building materials, getting snacks for the crew, cooking hot meals, and getting lighting gearâ€”and that was just the necessities. When I was there seeing scenes being shot, it made me very self-conscious about what I could do better. The script was written months before principal photography started, and there was no time for a whole lot of changes, since we were already pressed for time, and we all had so much to do. Ian: Since Chad and I work together, when weâ€™re not doing movie stuff, I had to hold down the fort while he took a month off to be on set every day. I made it out evenings and weekends, and enjoyed every minute I was there. It was incredibly exciting and quite humbling to see it come to life. MR: How would you sell Blood Widow â€“ is it old school slasher fun? Something more satirical? What films would you compare it to? Chad: I believe itâ€™s a very old school slasher, and directly pays respect to the classics, and we just do something a little different when it comes to the masked killer. We donâ€™t consider it satirical or self-referential, but it was important to hold to established traditions for us, but also have enough in there to make it stand out. Narrative-wise, it has the pace of the first Friday the 13th, but the Blood Widowâ€™s backstory is delivered in a way that resembles â€œBillyâ€ in the original Black Christmas. Ian: Hereâ€™s a sample logline: Itâ€™s a modern take on the classic slasher that isnâ€™t afraid to have a few laughs. MR: Are you guys writing anything else â€“ either together or separately? Chad: I know there is interest in a sequel to Blood Widow, and there is a treatment. I would like to explore all kinds of stories and genres, and Iâ€™d like to collaborate as much as possible. Ian: Weâ€™ve definitely got a good thing going with this collaboration, so whether itâ€™s a sequel or something completely different, weâ€™ll definitely be working together. Â One Response Let's Build July 12, 2014 It was alright….