Block Carter & Julie Graham to make Catholic/Jewish movie

Block Carter

Block Carter & Julie Graham Catholic Filmmakers…

Julie Graham

In Venice, Block Carter & Julie Graham are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Cillian Murphy. The Pic will be produced by Block Carter, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Julie Graham and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group.  They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.

Cillian Murphy Tobit Writer

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.

TITLE: Tobit (script download)

ACTORS: Mel Gibson invovled in Tobit movie!

GENRE: Religious drama, Jewish drama, drama.

TIME: 1920-1040

SETTING: Amsterdam, Neatherlands

MARKET: USA, International

MORE INFO: Happy Madison

Gross-Weston Productions Inc & Tom Welling

When you rewrite, you are looking for many things at once. It can get confusing. One way to bring more order to the task is to prepare for rewriting by doing multiple rereadings, each with a different focus.

Never a Wasted Moment

Movies are motion pictures—pictures in motion. You are writing a blueprint for a story that is going to be told by pictures in motion. Dialogue should support and reinforce that story and not the other way around.

“Italian director Lina Wertmuller … takes a completed screenplay and rewrites every scene without any dialogue. She replaces her dialogue with visual storytelling, using images instead of words. Then she does a final draft of the script, a conglomerate of the most successful images she invented for the story (that replace dialogue now no longer necessary) and whatever dialogue must remain for the story line. In this way she insures that her films will be first and foremost visual experiences.”

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by Max Adams


Of course, there are exceptions to every rule: and in screenwriting, the exceptions often are made in the interest of writing in an entertaining way, while still respecting the incredible economy of the form. A good example of this—minimalist writing that still manages to convey an entertaining writing style—is the opening of Max Adams’ screenplay Excess Baggage (a script that got butchered in development and rewrites; this is from her original script).

In screenwriting, the general rule is “less is more.” Or, to put it another way (the Johnny Cochran School of Screenwriting), “When it doubt, leave it out!”