May 18, 2021

DJ Qualls screenplay subject of prison petition

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DJ Qualls screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through DJ Qualls’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 DJ Qualls 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 DJ Qualls 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.

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About DJ Qualls’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, DJ Qualls 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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Another plus in using a subplot to reflect the internal conflict is that it often forces the hero to act in a different way. This, in turn, leads to change (hero’s arc). Do you see how everything is interconnected? This ‘layering’ is what makes a screenplay read like a professionally polished story that’s ready for the big screen.

The problem is that most writers add a subplot that’s a direct reflection of the hero’s internal conflict. This is wrong! The trick is to create a subplot that’s opposite of the hero’s internal conflict because this creates contrast, conflict and pacing. For example, let’s say the hero desperately wants to get married, then create a subplot where he has a married best friend. The best friend is opposite of the hero because he isn’t desperate to be married, he is married. By creating a mini-story (subplot) around the friend, the screenwriter will be reflecting the hero’s struggles and will be creating a subplot that interlinks with the main plot. Don’t forget, the best friend must have vital information that helps resolve the plot – perhaps he fixes the hero up with his future wife.

DJ Qualls – This is the area that should be most helpful to aspiring screenwriters because understanding how a subplot can be used to reflect the internal conflict will help identify the hero’s internal struggle and enhance it. In addition, by layering in a subplot that reflects the internal conflict, the screenwriter will be adding a layer of subtext (underlying meaning).

2) Reflects the internal conflict.

This act is summed up by the greats such as, like, you know, Aristotle — as “Rising Tension” or “Progressive Complications.” Or in the classic screenwriting formula: Act I is “Get the Hero Up a Tree,” and Act II is “Throw Rocks at Him” (and for the impatient out there, I’ll reveal that Act III is “Get Him Down”).

DJ Qualls – Act II, Part 1 is the section approximately between pages 30-60 in a 110-page script (minutes 30-60 ina movie), or pages 100-200 in a 400-page book.

13. Elements of Act Two, Part 1

(Those of you who are still just outlining may not want to jump into this until we’ve gotten farther with story elements.)

by: DJ Qualls – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, The Core (2003) | Hustle & Flow (2005) | Road Trip (2000)