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Elle Macpherson screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Elle Macpherson’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 Elle Macpherson 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 Elle Macpherson 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 Elle Macpherson’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, Elle Macpherson 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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The use of misinterpretation, reversals and subtext make any script, regardless of genre, look professional. But the comedy genre often takes these techniques to a new level to create laughter. This is done by including physical humor. Watch films that star Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler as perfect examples of how this is accomplished. Go through the scenes in your comedy and see if there are ways to include physical humor along with the other techniques. Adding physical humor can take your comedy to a LOL level.
Next, be sure to let tragedy strike! In the film Identity Thief the thief confesses she has no identity. Its a heartbreaking moment where we learn she was raised in foster care, shoved from place to place with a variety of names. She doesnt know who she is and its tragic. The best comedies know how to handle tragedy by maintaining dialogue and visual punch-lines that keeps the genre from shifting to a drama. It’s a gentle balancing act, but you don’t have to be a circus performer to pull it off – just study how it’s done in films and repeat the technique in your work.
Elle Macpherson – Visual punch-lines work the same way. Theres a big dramatic moment, then something visually funny happens. In the film Click the hero’s dying. He says an emotional good-bye to his family, then gives his ex-wifes new lover the finger. Tragedy or drama situations should be followed by comedy; that’s the key to a successful comedy script.
Great comedies tend to border on tragedy. The trick is to give us the tragic (emotional) moments, but keep the LOL comedy going. Often screenwriters make the mistake of creating a dramatic scene that doesnt end with comedy; the result is an attempt at comedy that reads like a drama. Heres a simple rule to avoid this problem: Always follow a dramatic moment with a dialogue or visual punch-line. For example, in the film While You Were Sleeping theres a big emotional scene at the end where Bullocks character confesses that she was never engaged to Peter. Its a tear-jerker, but at the end of her confession she turns to Peter and says, Oh, by the way, Im sorry about your carpet. This is the dialogue punch-line. Its based on a previously setup scene where she accidentally dumped blue-tinted water on his white carpet. It allowed the screenwriter to give the character an emotional-tragic moment while maintaining the comedy genre.
– Another kind of midpoint occurs in The Silence of the Lambs: the Quid Pro Quo scene between Clarice and Lecter, in which she bargains personal information to get Lecters insights into the case. Clarice is under a ticking clock here, because Catherine Martin has been kidnapped and Clarice knows they have only three days before Buffalo Bill kills her. Clarice goes in at first to offer Lecter what she knows he desires most (because he has stated his desire, clearly and early on): a transfer to a Federal prison, away from Dr. Chilton and with a view. Clarice has a file with that offer from Senator Martin she says but in reality, the offer is a total fake. We dont know this at the time, but it has been cleverly PLANTED that its impossible to fool Lecter (Crawford sends Clarice in to the first interview without telling her what the real purpose is so that Lecter wont be able to read her). But Clarice has learned and grown enough to fool Lecter, and theres a great payoff when Lecter later acknowledges that fact.
Elle Macpherson – But I can see the point of view that in Raiders, the Midpoint is a two-parter: Indys discovery that Marion is still alive is a big twist (personally, I think thats a subplot twist, and it happens in Sequence 5).
This scene is quiet and involves only one person, but its mystically powerful note the use of light and the religious quality of the music and Indy is decked out in robes almost like, well, Moses staff and all. Indy stands like God over the miniature of the temple city, and the beam of light comes through the crystal like light from heaven. Its all a foreshadowing of the final climax, in which God intervenes in much the same way. Very effective, with lots of subliminal manipulation going on. And of course, at the end of the scene, Indy has the information he needs to retrieve the Ark. I would also point out that, as in Raiders, the Midpoint is often some kind of mirror image of the final climax. Its an interesting device to use, and you may find yourself using it without even being aware of it.
– Another interesting and tonally very different Midpoint happens in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Im sure some people would dispute me on this one (and people argue about the exact midpoint of movies all the time), but I would say the Midpoint is the scene that occurs exactly 60 minutes into the film, in which, having determined that the Nazis are digging in the wrong place in the archeological site, Indy goes down into that chamber with the pendant and a staff of the proper height and uses the crystal in the pendant to pinpoint the exact location of the Ark.
by: Elle Macpherson – Producer | Actress, The Edge (1997) | Batman & Robin (1997) | Sirens (1994)