Beth Grant screenplay – Actress | Producer | Director, Donnie Darko (2001) | Speed (1994) | No Country for Old Men (2007)
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Beth Grant screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Beth Grant’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 Beth Grant 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 Beth Grant 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 Beth Grant’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, Beth Grant 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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However, when Act I is 15 pages long or Act II is only 40 pages long or Act III is 5 pages long (Ive seen an Act III as short as 2-pages long) then theres bound to be a plot problem that could have easily been avoided by outlining.
Besides obvious plot holes, character problems, etc., I can easily tell a screenwriter didnt bother to outline from the handling of the 3-Act Structure. I think its silly to assign certain pages to specific plot points, like plot point I must fall on page 30 and plot point II must fall on page 90.
Beth Grant – Avoid Problems With the 3-Act Structure
Ask questions. Even if you dont have an immediate answer youll be surprised when later you suddenly realize how to make a plot element work, or how to nail down a scene or beef up the dialogue. Let the creative portion of your brain provide the answers for you! Dont feel like you have to get the script done now because the concept is too hot to wait. If its that hot, itll sell no matter when you get it done. The goal is to get it done right the first time by asking the important questions BEFORE the writing process begins.
If youre new to story breakdowns and analysis, then youll probably want to go straight to the STORY BREAKDOWNS section of this workbook (Part Three) and watch several, or all, of those movies, following along with my notes, before you try to analyze a movie on your own. But if you want to jump right in with your own breakdowns and analyses, this is how it works:
Beth Grant – So I want to get you familiar with the eight-sequence structure in film first, and well go on to talk about the application to novels.
So chances are, youre already doing it too. But if your story somehow isnt grabbing anyone who reads it, check first to make sure youre having climaxes at regular intervals. (I mean, writing them. You know.) Because your reader or audience has also seen and read tens of thousands of books and movies and TV shows, and they unconsciously expect these regular climaxes. I am going to say this again because its critical that you get it: If you arent giving them climaxes at the expected intervals, theyre going to get antsy and think you, the author, are doing something wrong. And quite possibly give up on the book, or walk out on the film.
The eight-sequence structure actually translates beautifully to novel structuring, although as novelists we have much more leeway on the time front and you might end up with a few more sequences in the end. Even so, most novelists use this rhythm unconsciously, because after seeing thousands, tens of thousands, of movies and TV shows, we just cant help ourselves. Just like with the three-act structure, the eight-sequence rhythm is in our DNA.
by: Beth Grant – Actress | Producer | Director, Donnie Darko (2001) | Speed (1994) | No Country for Old Men (2007)