May 10, 2021

Ed Harris screenplay subject of prison petition

Ed Harris screenplay – Actor | Producer | Director, Apollo 13 (I) (1995) | Appaloosa (2008) | The Truman Show (1998)


Ed Harris screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Ed Harris’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 Ed Harris 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 Ed Harris 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 Ed Harris’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, Ed Harris 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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-Low-Budget Recommendation: Avoid big stunts. How do you get around this? There are several possibilities. For explosions, just write BIG BOOM and show the character’s reaction, as opposed to showing the actual explosion. For car chases, keep to under 2 minutes or come up with something less cliché than a car chase, like a unique foot chase.


Ed Harris – BIG STUNTS

-Alien Worlds are like the period piece where everything has to be changed. See notes and Low-Budget Recommendation listed above. Exception: Monster flicks where the producer can put an actor in a suit. That’s cheap compared to special effects.

(While we’re on the subject, I highly recommend, again, Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey and John Truby’s Anatomy of Story for in-depth discussions on archetypal characters such as the Herald, Mentor, Shapeshifter, Threshold Guardian, and Trickster/Fool.)

Ed Harris – In this scene (or sequence), there is often a character who serves the archetypal function of a THRESHOLD GUARDIAN or GUARDIAN AT THE GATE, who gives the hero/ine trouble or a warning at this moment of entry. It’s a much-used but often powerfully effective suspense technique that always gets the pulse racing just a little faster, which is pretty much the point of suspense. At the very least, a guardian at the gate will give the hero/ine conflict in a scene.

One technique filmmakers use to really make the Into the Special World moment special is CONTRAST. Take some time to think about what your hero/ine’s ORDINARY WORLD looks like, and what is different and maybe even magical (even in a dark way) about the SPECIAL WORLD. (Much more about this in Chapter 25, Expanding on Key Story Elements.)

This step might come in the first act (it’s sometimes the Sequence One Climax), or somewhat later in the second act, but it’s generally the end or beginning of a sequence: think of Alien (the landing on the planet to investigate the alien ship), flying down to Colombia in Romancing the Stone, flying to Rio in Notorious, stopping the car for the night at the Bates Motel in Psycho. It’s often the beginning of an actual, physical journey in an action movie; in a ghost story it is entering the haunted house (or haunted anything). It’s a huge moment and deserves special weight.

by: Ed Harris – Actor | Producer | Director, Apollo 13 (I) (1995) | Appaloosa (2008) | The Truman Show (1998)