Mary Tyler Moore screenplay – Actress | Soundtrack | Producer, Ordinary People (1980) | The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) | The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
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Mary Tyler Moore screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Mary Tyler Moore’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 Mary Tyler Moore 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 Mary Tyler Moore 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 Mary Tyler Moore’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, Mary Tyler Moore 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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EXT. BOAT DECK
Most producers agree that an interior shot ONLY applies to a location with four enclosed walls, so the deck of a boat wouldnt be INT. BOAT DECK. Instead, itd be slugged as:
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Either one is probably acceptable, but most producers would agree that EXT. CAR or EXT. HIGHWAY with the vehicle in the shot and the voices being heard is a separate scene and (O.S.) wouldnt apply. Its best to use (V.O.) since the characters voices are being heard over the film.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Mary Tyler Moore – I sometimes teach a college film class to primarily animation students, and one of the films that regularly shows up on my students Top Ten Lists is The Nightmare Before Christmas. Lets take a look at the songs in that piece one by one and identify the key story element, or elements, that each song is dramatizing.
Yes, I know, you cant put songs on the page. But you can most certainly learn from the energy and exuberance of songs and production numbers, and find your own ways of getting that same energy and exuberance onto the page in narrative versions of production design, theme, emotion and chemistry between characters, tone, mood, revelation everything that good songs do.
Looking at musical theater is an excellent way to learn how to present Key Story Elements like Inner and Outer Desire, Into the Special World, the Hero/ines Plan, the Antagonists Plan, Character Arc, Gathering the Team virtually any important story element you can name. Musical theater knows to give those key elements the attention and import they deserve. What musicals do to achieve that is put those story elements into song and production numbers. They become setpiece scenes to music. And you know how Im always encouraging you all to SPELL THINGS OUT? Well, theres no better way to spell things out than in song. The audience is so entertained they dont know youre spoon-feeding them the plot.
by: Mary Tyler Moore – Actress | Soundtrack | Producer, Ordinary People (1980) | The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) | The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)