Goldsmith Entertainment Co & Eileen Davidson to make Catholic/Jewish movie
Goldsmith Entertainment Co
Goldsmith Entertainment Co & Eileen Davidson Catholic Filmmakers…
In Los Angeles, Goldsmith Entertainment Co & Eileen Davidson are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Dax Shepard. The Pic will be produced by Goldsmith Entertainment Co, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Eileen Davidson and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group. They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.
Dax Shepard 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)
GENRE: Religious drama, Jewish drama, drama.
SETTING: Amsterdam, Neatherlands
MARKET: USA, International
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So what we are leading to in this section of the screenplay is what David Trottier calls the crisis, which leads directly to the showdown.
Your task of writing keeps getting harder. In the last half of Act Two, you have to move your hero into the jaws of defeat, so that Act Three introduces a ticking clock (if at all possible) and a final confrontation where victory is secured against great odds. In other words, the hero gets what s/he wants (in most cases).
And then comes Act Two. Once youve gotten through the first half of Act Two, you surely know the game has changed considerably. Lew Hunter is right, this is the blue-collar grunt work of screenwriting! This is where you give upor you learn how to write a screenplay. If the first act is the honeymoon in the bridal suite, Act Two is the honeymoon in hell.
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Today there is no excuse for incorrect format because there are free software programs that guide you. The best is Celtx, available for both PC and Mac (and even Linux), so you need to download it unless you already have a screenwriting program like Final Draft. You can get Celtx at http://www.celtx.com.
One reason screenplay format can become so confusing to students is that there are few available examples of what should be done. Published screenplays are not written in the format used for spec scripts, which are scripts written on speculation and then marketed after they are written. This is what beginners write. Published scripts are shooting scripts, which are different in several ways as a result of being the product of a collaboration between writer, director, producer and perhaps actors.
Spec Scripts v. Shooting Scripts
Todays format is a more general master scene approach to film storytelling, in which most often only the basic visual locations of the scene are included in the script.