Beat Llc & Ashton Sanders considering Catholic film
Beat Llc & Ashton Sanders form new Philippines and Hollywood partnership…
In Manila and Los Angeles, Beat Llc & Ashton Sanders are looking to make Tobit, a modern comedic Catholic family adventure spec by professor/scribe John Schneider. The Pic will be produced by Beat Llc, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Ashton Sanders and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group. They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.
John Schneider Tobit Writer
TITLE: Tobit (script download)
The Book of Tobit (/ˈtoʊbɪt/)[a] is a 3rd or early 2nd century BCE Jewish work describing how God tests the faithful, responds to prayers, and protects the covenant community (i.e., the Israelites). It tells the story of two Jewish families, that of the blind Tobit in Nineveh and of the abandoned Sara in Ecbatana. Tobit’s son Tobias is sent to retrieve ten silver talents that Tobit once left in Rages, a town in Media; guided and aided by the angel Raphael he arrives in Ecbatana, where he meets Sarah. A demon named Asmodeus has fallen in love with her and kills anyone she intends to marry, but with the aid of Raphael the demon is exorcised and Tobias and Sarah marry, after which they return to Nineveh where Tobit is cured of his blindness.
The book is included in the Catholic and Orthodox canons but not in the Jewish; the Protestant tradition places it in the Apocrypha, and by the Anglican communion recognises it as part of scripture for purposes of edification and liturgy. The vast majority of scholars recognize it as a work of fiction with some historical references.
MOVIE PREMISE: Tobit is an observant Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam. He lives correctly, giving alms and burying the dead. In spite of his good works, Tobit is struck blind. Concurrent with Tobit’s story is that of Sarah, daughter of one of Tobit’s distant relative, whose seven successive husbands are each killed by a demon on their wedding night. When Tobit and Sarah pray to God for deliverance, God sends the angel Raphael to act as intercessor. Tobit regains his sight, and Sarah marries Tobit’s son Tobias. The story closes with Tobit’s thanksgiving and an account of his death. This is actually a Jewish short story possibly dating from Persian times in some Bibles is the book of Tobit, named after the father of its hero.
GENRE: Religious drama, Jewish drama, drama.
SETTING: Amsterdam, Neatherlands
MARKET: USA, International
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The screenwriter of a Frank Capra comedy was watching a TV interview with the great director. An awestruck female reporter was heaping truckloads of praise on a passage from the writers script, and Frank explained the scenes charm by saying, Thats the Capra touch. The reporter went on and on, gushing about various parts of many other Capra movies. In each case, the directors comment was, Thats the Capra touch.
This reminds me of a story:
All the same, screenwriters love to remind directors how important writers are.
Its not the screenwriter who is responsible for spending tens of millions of dollars on a product that will turn a profit for investors. Its the producer, who hires the director as creative boss to make the movie. The screenwriter is low (very low, actually) on the chain of command. Its the reality, folks.
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Maybe s/he does so reluctantly, as the sheriff in High Noon refuses to leave town with his new bride in order to meet his fate against the outlaw coming to get revenge. The heros call to action says something about the heros characterand it is something we admire, although at this stage of the game this does not have to be a big issue.
Check one more time the flow of actions from hook to complication to heros decision here. If theres a sense of the inevitable in this flow, even though the moments of the hook and complication have an element of surprise in them, then you have the hero where you want him/her: moving into action, committing to reaching a goal. Looking back at these early moments of the story, theres almost a sense of fatethe hero is destined to take this adventure because this particular sequence of actions dropped into his/her lap.
This is the moment when the hero makes a decision the consequences of which are revealed through the rest of the movie. Youve already given considerable thought to this moment in your paradigm chart and possibly in your step outline.
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