AirSWAT – The Web Series – Chapter 2

With the idea firmly in place and a large well of jokes my friends and I have created over many years of acting like morons, we were off to writing.  That is to say, I was off to writing, and quite a lot.  The night after we officially created AirSWAT I went home and began to write the first episode.  I was prolific in writing the ongoing adventures of Irish and the Car-Bombs.  Within a few hours I had a first draft of the episode along with rough outline of two others.  Within a week I had written five episodes; within a month, thirteen.   After three months, our finished script had 25 episodes at 128 pages, practically a feature-film length script.

I vaguely recall the actual writing process.  I would sit at my computer, open my notebook and pick a concept, place my hands on the keyboard and then . . . I’d wake up five hours later, one hand chained to a goat eating a watermelon and the other holding the freshly scripted episode.  We all have lost track of time when engaged in an activity that we enjoy, but I seemed to be losing my sense of time.  Eighteen pages would take less time than it took for the water to heat up in my shower, while one particular joke would last for the NBA playoffs. To use terminology that I understand, it was like being drunk and listening to a jukebox.  It seems to take forever for it to get to your song but when it does, that bluegrass rendition of “Never Gonna Give You Up” is over before you know it.

What was that?  “But Nic, weren’t you dead-ass drunk while writing most of these?”  I’ll thank you very much not to burst the Artistic Genius Savior image I have going on here.  I wrote the whole thing enraptured by the spirit of the Lord and fueled by the power of the Elder Gods!  Dare you defile my glory with the insinuations of inebriation?!

In truth, I did not write the whole thing.  Pete wrote a good chunk and Mark wrote some, and their episodes were the best in the script.  The only reason I ended up writing so much is that I’m crazy and I was the more experienced writer at the time.  One of the others would have an idea for an episode and before they knew it I had swooped down, taken the idea and written a thesis with it.

But in retrospect it’s incredibly easy to write webisodes.  You have no set time length so you can stop whenever you want to, and there is no censor involved so sky’s the limit with the content.  The people we were writing about were basically heightened and exaggerated versions of ourselves, so we also had a very strong grasp of the characters.  I believe the fact that we knew these four guys so well made it easy to write.  Place them in any situation and we wouldn’t worry about what everyone would do because we already knew what they would do.

It also helps when the characters you are writing about are borderline idiots.  If you ever get stuck you can have something stupid and random happenOHMYGOD LOOK IT’S A PUPPY!!!!!!!!!

Like that.

All in all, the writing and revising the script was the most enjoyable time in the whole experience.  It was nothing but laughter and good old fun, and once we were finished we felt even more inspired.  We had a script, and the script was good.

Now we just had to film the lil’ fuckers.