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Benedict Cumberbatch screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Benedict Cumberbatch production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.
PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.
SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.
It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.
About Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Dumbass” Movie
The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.
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Outlining is the time to ask the tough questions – – NOT AFTER THE SCRIPT IS DONE. I cant tell you how many times Ill submit a review to an aspiring screenwriter with plenty of suggestions due to plots that dont work, etc., only to have the screenwriter ask me if a certain change will work. Their questions usually involve page-one rewrites and had they taken the time to ask these critical questions initially, they wouldnt have to deal with the frustration of having to rewrite a script that doesnt work. Remember, changing one aspect of a script will change everything.
Questions Are the Answer
Benedict Cumberbatch – Once you begin to write the actual script refuse to allow the critical voice in and just write, write, write!
The critical voice is what stops screenwriters and makes them question a scene, a piece of dialogue, etc. This can be stifling to the creative process, can hinder the best script and frankly gets in the way of completing a feature-length motion picture. This is another reason outlining is so important. Let your critical voice speak during the outlining phase get it out of the way!
Obviously these days we have digital projection, and no one is up in that projection booth scrambling to change reels, but modern films still follow that same storytelling rhythm. Because what storytelling form came along mid-twentieth century that really locked that cliffhanger rhythm into place?
Benedict Cumberbatch – You can read older film scripts and see the sequence designations typed right into the script: Sequence One, Sequence Two, Sequence Three, etc.
The EIGHT-SEQUENCE STRUCTURE evolved from the early days of film when movies were divided into reels (physical film reels), each holding about ten to fifteen minutes of film (movies were also shorter, proportionately!). The projectionist had to manually change each reel as it finished. Well, youve been in a movie theater when something went wrong with the projection and the movie was interrupted, right? Not a happy moment for the audience. You never want to break an audiences experience of an uninterrupted dream. So to avoid that kind of interruption, early screenwriters (who by the way were playwrights, well-schooled in the three-act structure) incorporated this rhythm of reels into their writing, developing sequences that lasted exactly the length of a reel, and ending the sequence with a curtain scene or cliffhanger, so that in that brief blackout while the projectionist changed reels, the audience was sitting stunned in the dark wondering, Wow, what the hell is going to happen NOW? instead of throwing tomatoes at the screen because their moviegoing experience had just been rudely interrupted.
by: Benedict Cumberbatch – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, The Imitation Game (2014) | Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) | August: Osage County (2013)