May 10, 2021

Marisa Tomei screenplay subject of prison petition

Marisa Tomei screenplay – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, My Cousin Vinny (1992) | The Wrestler (2008) | In the Bedroom (2001)


Marisa Tomei screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Marisa Tomei’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 Marisa Tomei 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 Marisa Tomei 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 Marisa Tomei’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, Marisa Tomei 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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Any directorial transition between scenes is out-of-style. Most producers don’t seem to mind whether a screenwriter still uses these or not, but almost all agents and managers frown upon their use.


Marisa Tomei – Here are a few Format Styles that are currently out-of-style:

Ten years ago it was standard to put (CONTINUED) at the top and bottom of every single page in a screenplay. This is no longer done. This format style has gone out-of-style. Using it today will make your script look outdated and will rank you an amateur!

But I’ve been watching a lot of classic movies lately (God bless Turner Classic Movies!), and the more I look at this story beat, the more I’ve realized that while the Inciting Incident and Call To Adventure are often the same scene, they are just as often two completely different scenes. And it’s useful to be aware of when and how they’re different, so you can bring out the particular qualities of each scene and know when to combine them and when to separate them. Here are three classic examples.

Marisa Tomei – This beat is also often called the CALL TO ADVENTURE (from Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces, summarized by Christopher Vogler in The Writer’s Journey), and that’s the phrase I actually prefer; it’s just more — more.

You can do this to some extent by setting mood, tone, genre, hope and fear, and an immediate external problem, but I also strongly suggest that you get to your INCITING INCIDENT as soon as possible. Especially if you are a new writer, you cannot afford to hold this back. It can make or break your submission, so find a way to get it into the first few pages or at the very least, strongly hint at it.

I would like to emphasize, for new writers, that SOMETHING HAS TO HAPPEN, IMMEDIATELY, that gives us an idea of WHAT YOUR STORY IS ABOUT.

by: Marisa Tomei – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, My Cousin Vinny (1992) | The Wrestler (2008) | In the Bedroom (2001)