Octavia Spencer screenplay – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Hidden Figures (2016) | The Help (2011) | Fruitvale Station (2013)
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Octavia Spencer screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Octavia Spencer’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 Octavia Spencer 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 Octavia Spencer 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 Octavia Spencer’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, Octavia Spencer 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 Overlapping Transition
These are a few common techniques to transition scenes so they look professional and commercially prepared. Another is to use a technique Ill refer to as overlapping.
Octavia Spencer – Example: We hear a scraping noise in a house scene then in the opening of the next scene we see a teacher scraping her nails across a blackboard.
We hear a sound at the end of a scene and at the beginning of the next scene we visually see where the sound is coming from.
Now, there were obvious, easily definable problems with some of these unpublished first chapters Im talking about. I think a first chapter carries the whole weight of the book with it. It has to convey mood, tone, genre, foreshadowing, stakes, urgency, main character need and desire, setting, theme (especially, especially, especially theme) and the absolute sense that this is a journey that we want to take. And a dozen other things beyond that. (Note that I didnt mention a great first line. I am not one of the cult of the first line.)
Octavia Spencer – Is there a way to teach it, I wonder? Or is it like perfect pitch: you can fine-tune it, but if you dont have it, you dont?
Ive taught enough now to know that some things about writing can be taught successfully, so I find this question of Voice very interesting, and, like most unknowns scary.
I would not exactly say that all published authors have this skill, or gift not as far as Im concerned. But they obviously have enough of that gift to make other people (agents, editors, readers) give their consciousness up to those stories. And most of the time, annoying as I find some of these authors who shall remain nameless, I would have to reluctantly concede that they have at least that much skill, compared to writers who havent mastered that skill.
by: Octavia Spencer – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Hidden Figures (2016) | The Help (2011) | Fruitvale Station (2013)