Laia Costa screenplay – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Victoria (II) (2015) | Only You (2018) | Life Itself (2018)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laia Costa screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Laia Costa’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 Laia Costa 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 Laia Costa 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 Laia Costa’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, Laia Costa 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.
Contact Laia Costa:
Laia Costa website: https://www.amazon.com/
What if your location is ordinary – say the home of a husband and wife? Maybe their relationship is the issue. In the classic film Sleeping With the Enemy the couple live in a beautiful beach house and their relationship is definitely the core issue, but what stands out the most about the location isnt the houses ocean view, its the fact that the husband controls every aspect of the house. Every can, container, and bottle in every cabinet is lined up and alphabetized. Every towel must be hung perfectly straight. This control creates a tone, mood and atmosphere of tension that gives us a memorable location – not just another beach house.
Some screenwriters believe this is the directors job or the set designers job. Before the script sells there is no director or set designer attached- – theres only you, the screenwriter! This makes it your job to sell the story and if its a scary movie like The Ring, then youd better scare the crap out of the reader or all the locations in the world wont matter.
Laia Costa – Remember the scene where the characters enter the barn? By maintaining the tone, mood and atmosphere of the story, a simple barn now becomes a haven of mystery, intrigue, danger and suspense. This is done deliberately by creating an ominous atmosphere.
First, notice there are no bright, sunny days in this film. The tone is dark and is maintained throughout the story, which gives each location an eerie feel. Note the library scene; this isnt a bright, public library. Its a dark, Gothic library.
For example, when my thriller The Price was bought by Sony, the executives pitched it to the studio as:
Laia Costa – Whether youre a screenwriter or novelist, I highly recommend you try the same exercise: make yourself come up with three story ideas a week, and try to make some of them high concept. Youll be training yourself to think in terms of big story ideas. You dont have to sell out. Im always telling the stories I want to tell, about the people I want to write about, but Im also always conscious of how a great hook will give my stories broader appeal and reach. Its always helpful to think in terms of how a movie producer would sell the story.
One of the best classes I ever took on screenwriting was solely on premise. Every week we had to come up with three loglines for movie ideas and stand up and read them aloud to the class. We each put a dollar into a pot and the class voted on the best premise of the night, and the winner got the pot. It was highly motivating; I made my first screenwriting money that way, and I learned worlds about what a premise should be.
So what can we do to start generating more high concept/Big Book ideas for ourselves?
by: Laia Costa – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Victoria (II) (2015) | Only You (2018) | Life Itself (2018)