Scott Preston Photography Inc. & Matt Barr considering Catholic film
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Scott Preston Photography Inc. & Matt Barr form new Philippines and Hollywood partnership…
In Manila and Northridge, Scott Preston Photography Inc. & Matt Barr are looking to make Tobit, a modern comedic Catholic family adventure spec by professor/scribe Nick Robinson. The Pic will be produced by Scott Preston Photography Inc., through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Matt Barr and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group. They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.
Nick Robinson 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 The vast majority of scholars recognize it as a work of fiction with some historical references.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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In the rhetoric of screenwriting, less is almost always more. But this creates a great challenge to the screenwright to select words carefully. Rely on a few well-chosen details, expressed economically, rather than filling the page with descriptive language.
Now that is taking out the chain saw for a rewrite! Which is why one of my Golden Rules of screenwriting is, The chain saw is your friend.
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This is the way a fiction writer uses language, not a screenwriter. Keane rewrites this to:
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Similarly, the self in your script gets hidden and usurped by your characters. In a sense, you become every important person in the story. Your own emotional life in all its variety and nuances runs in their veins. Your characters lives are real because they are about the most real thing you know, or should know: yourself.
This is not to sayrepeat, not to say!that your script should wear your heart on its sleeve. As a writer, you want to be a magician: you want to manipulate the audience and not let them discover how you did so. Structure is disguised by flesh: the foundation of a script is only readily apparent when nothing else, not the characters or the story, interests us, and in the most structured good scripts we get carried away by the people and their stories, so much so that we only discover the foundation of structure when we come back and look for it.
Even if you do not know that you are writing your own personal story, that is what you are writing. Your own heart and your own hand make every script you write only that: your own.
If a screenplay is truly personal and genuinely integrated, it does not matter what the script is about.