Magic Shadows Inc & Meaghan Oppenheimer to make Catholic/Jewish movie

Magic Shadows Inc

Magic Shadows Inc & Meaghan Oppenheimer Catholic Filmmakers…

Meaghan Oppenheimer

In Woodland Hills, Magic Shadows Inc & Meaghan Oppenheimer are looking to bring Tobit, a modern comedic Jewish family adventure spec by professor/scribe Robert Carradine. The Pic will be produced by Magic Shadows Inc, through his Amsterdam Ink Society, along with Meaghan Oppenheimer and Adam Sandler’s Entertainment Group.  They will be represented by Agency For The Performing Arts and Tobit.

Robert Carradine 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: at Happy Madison

Gross-Weston Productions Inc & Tom Welling

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that film stories have to be highbrow in any way, and I enjoy entertainment as much as the next guy. There are some very entertaining scripts that I wish I had written, such as Rain Man, Cocoon, and Citizen Ruth. Entertainment and a kind of spiritual truth about the human condition are not incompatible entities.

A script says something about the character of the person who wrote it—what “mode of thought” resulted in the story on the page. If it’s a story filled with racist and sexist stereotypes, if it’s mean-spirited and degrades the best human qualities—well, I think that says something about the writer. I know this writer is not someone I’d like to have dinner with.

In Zen, poetry is not considered to be the words written down on paper but the mode of thought in the mind of the poet. I think we screenwriters can learn something from this insight.

Sure, money—a lot of it!—gets made by screenwriters. And I’ll give you all the advice I can about how to make some of it—some of which I ignore myself because my values are different. For example, I am from L.A. and will not return for all the money in LaLaLand, despite strong professional advantages to living there, about which more later. But there are other reasons, even more noble reasons, for being a screenwriter, for becoming a screenwright.

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Jennifer Lerch offers the following tips for creating strong characters that spring to life:

Your hero and antagonist(s) especially need to be drawn strongly.

Good actors can create “character” even from bad scripts—but don’t use their skill as a crutch. On the contrary, write such strong characterizations that even poor actors can get the character across.

Reveal character by showing us how other people react around the person and what other people say about the person.