TITLE: Unsolicited Material
PREMISE: Writers and screenwriters have encountered this roadblock of a phrase many times before: “no unsolicited material” but when a wily and eccentric old African American screenwriter discovers a new Hispanic talent he is no longer willing to tolerate Hollywood’s closed doors. An improbable team maneuver to pitch a movie to a Hollywood heavy.
GENRE: Drama, Hollywood drama
MARKET: USA, International
WRITER: Alan Nafzger
OTHER INFORMATION: This is a compete and ready to shot screenplay.
A character driven “Hollywood” story.
Logline: An improbable writing team, an eccentric African American man and a teen Hispanic male, get a chance to pitch a movie to a Hollywood heavy.
Characters: Joseph de la Cosa (81) holds a grudge against the Hollywood establishment. Juan Rodriguez (19) is a tire repair specialist who listens to everything Joseph says.
· Internal Conflict – disgruntled and jaded writer fights to conceal this from his young mentee.
· External Conflict – failed screenwriter vs. the big studios.
· Internal Conflict – debates use of the emulation method vs. produce unique scenes.
· External Conflict – young nearly illiterate teen vs. the film industry.
Macro Conflict: East Los Angeles vs. Century City
Micro Conflict: Minority screenwriters vs. Film Industry Executives
Morgan Freeman? Playing the role of Joseph Jefferson can make an actor legendary. He is a very jaded screenwriter. However, he is fighting an internal struggle to keep his young friend from this same fate. Primarily the character of Juan Rodriguez is that of an impressionable young man.
Film Goals: Layers of fun and inside jokes about screenwriting make this story great fun for writers. But it also has a serious side, a story about trying to make a movie true to life turning into a life that mirrors movies, a kind of philosophical joke. My goal in writing this film is to make it more complex than a single viewing reveals.
Originally posted 2019-08-28 12:25:58.