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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Melissa Sue Anderson’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 Melissa Sue Anderson 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 Melissa Sue Anderson 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 Melissa Sue Anderson’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, Melissa Sue Anderson 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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This tip is to help aspiring screenwriters look like the pros. Heres a list of items that pros do consistently:
Extreme Screenwriting has noted over the years that professional screenwriters have one thing in common, regardless of the genre they write or if they write for TV or Film and that one thing is consistency!
Melissa Sue Anderson – Consistency
If youre considering not using FADE IN at all, this is a mistake. FADE IN identifies the script to a reader as material written specifically for the big screen. Without FADE IN, the reader might confuse the material for a radio, stage play, MOW, etc.
Ive tried to focus mostly on plot points or premises instead of just gags or bits that is, these are actual story elements that can help you build a story if you use them wisely. And these elements will often overlap with the key story elements weve been discussing: that is, the CALL TO ADVENTURE in a love story might be a case of FATE INTERVENES; THE PLAN might be to PRETEND WERE MARRIED; THE HERO/INES GHOST might show up at the MIDPOINT and radically shift the dynamics of the story, and so on.
Melissa Sue Anderson – The following are some scenes and setups that are very typical in romance and romantic comedy. You can do a similar list of specific elements for any genre, and I highly encourage you to do so its another way to master your craft.
Im going to share some of those with you now, because whether or not you write romance or romantic comedy, youll almost always have a love plot in your story, so its useful for writers of all genres to be aware of common love story elements.
I really had that driven home for me as I was writing Writing Love (Screenwriting Tricks II). I made a master list of ten love stories in different subgenres (in this case not always my favorites, because I wanted to have a broad range of romantic stories for analysis and discussion) and broke them down in depth to find the key story elements specific to that umbrella genre. And oh, did it turn the lights on for me.
by: Melissa Sue Anderson – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Little House on the Prairie (1974-1981) | Happy Birthday to Me (1981) | 10.5: Apocalypse (2006)