Shailene Woodley screenplay – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Divergent (2014) | The Descendants (2011) | The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
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Shailene Woodley screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Shailene Woodley’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 Shailene Woodley 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 Shailene Woodley 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 Shailene Woodley’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, Shailene Woodley 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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Shailene Woodley – O.s. we hear an owl HOOT.
In my young adult thriller The Space Between, I have a lot of dream sequences; its a main line of the book. So I did a dream sequence pass actually, I did several to make sure that I was building what I wanted to build in that line of the story. When you look at just those scenes in isolation from the rest of the book, you will find connections and resonances that you cant see when youre reading the manuscript as a whole. Plus it doesnt seem as overwhelming as rereading the entire book yet again.
Shailene Woodley – But when Im talking about subplot passes I dont just mean character subplots.
Try thinking like an actor. Its a cliché, but part of the craft of acting as well, that every minor actor thinks of their character as the star of the show. This is a useful mindset when youre doing character passes. Of course, you dont want to do that for every character; that convenience store clerk who has one line, even if its a colorful line, should be treated as the scenery he is.
You can improve any book or script by doing a pass through of each subplot: the love plot, the villains plot, the rivals plot, the main allys subplot (oh man, do I wish more films would do an ally subplot pass ). Meaning, just take the scenes with that particular character and see how that plot builds and climaxes and arcs just on its own. There is no way that you wont find more layers to a character, interesting plants and payoffs, great dialogue even, by looking just at that one subplot in isolation.
by: Shailene Woodley – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, Divergent (2014) | The Descendants (2011) | The Fault in Our Stars (2014)