Michelle Williams screenplay – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, My Week with Marilyn (2011) | Blue Valentine (2010) | Take This Waltz (2011)
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Michelle Williams screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Michelle Williams’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
Michelle Williams – 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 Michelle Williams 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 Michelle Williams 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 Michelle Williams’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, Michelle Williams 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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If a screenwriters considering using a flashback for back-story information, first try to figure out if theres a way to convey the information either visually or via dialogue in the current story. If so, do it and steer clear of the flashback. Or make sure the back-story information pushes the plot forward.
Michelle Williams – Another problem with using a flashback to fill in back-story information occurs when the information could have been covered in the main plot. If we need to know Uncle Joes cousin was a convicted felon, do we need to see him in prison ten years ago? Cant Aunt May tell us? Cant we see a prison tattoo and get it?
Its tempting to use a flashback to fill in back-story information. Its an easy and quick way to get the necessary information into the script. A problem often occurs because during the flashback the main plot has stopped while the information is being provided. Imagine being in an airplane and the pilot announces hes stopping the plane mid-air to refuel. Sound crazy? Hell crash the plane. Thats what happens to the plot, its forward momentum stalls and can easily crash the entire story.
This is of course a visual, but Im including it for the screenwriters (and some authors do it wonderfully on the page Helen Fielding being a good example). Since the early screwball comedies, romantic comedy heroines have been falling over. This can be tiresome, but good physical comedians/comediennes can make it sublime Lucille Ball, Katharine Hepburn, and Meg Ryan perfected the art.
Michelle Williams – PRATFALLS
The hero or love interest scathes the heroine, or vice-versa, and knowingly or unknowingly hits the nail squarely on the head about what the hero/ines problem is (While You Were Sleeping, and there are several good zingers in Leap Year).
THE AWFUL TRUTH
by: Michelle Williams – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, My Week with Marilyn (2011) | Blue Valentine (2010) | Take This Waltz (2011)