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Jordan GrahamMr. BorreroEnglish 1102April 9
th
, 2012The PitchDear Executives,
My name is Jordan Graham and I’m creating a concept
for a movie called
 America isborn.
The concept is based on the later stages of the Revolutionary war leading up to the Britishsurrender at Yorktown. When the British started taxing America, we started a war with theCrown to try to gain independence as a country. This created a war that lasted years, and
 America is born
is about the last stretch of battles that influenced the outcome. I want to create astory of revenge, endurance, and honor, which are all aspects of war. Tragedy will also be a bigpart of the story to give it some quality.
 America is born
is about a young American whose housewas raided by the British, and then joins the continental army when he later finds out his familywas murdered. He will battle alongside some of the most memorable commanders until standingalongside George Washington at the surrender of Yorktown. Hopefully the audience can get asense of the effects of war, and will feel very involved in the story, giving it an emotional aspect.The opening scene will be very peaceful setting, in Charleston, SC, 1781. As the sun issetting, Jack Daniels is eating dinner with his family. The camera switches to a group of redcoats
walking through the fields about a mile away. Eventually, Jack’s father sees them from a
distance out the window, and tells him and his mother to go out the back door and run. They did
 
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what he said as he went upstairs to get guns for him and Jacks two older brothers. Jack and his
mother ran as fast as they could to his uncle’s home. Little did he know, his dad and two brothers
had been killed by the British soldiers who then burned his house down. He begged to go back totry
to find them, but his Mom wouldn’t let him. He was so angry and sad he didn’t know what to
do, so the next day he left without saying anything to his mom and planned on joining the army
with a friend he knew was joining. Jack’s friend was Nathan Matthews,
and the two of them and
 Nathan’s father all set out with some Patriots to join the Army with General Abraham Buford,
who was commanding the war in the south.The first battle came quick, at Waxhaw Creek, SC. The continentals got slaughtered,Nathans father being one of the first to die. They both got out alive, but the effects of war werealready overwhelming both of them. They had heard that they were getting a new commander inthe south, General Horatio Gates. He took them to their second battle where poor tactics causedthem to lose, and there commander fled in embarrassment. Washington then sent down NathanielGreene and Daniel Morgan to command the war. Jack and Nathan met up with them in presentday Charlotte, and then split up in two groups, Jack and Nathan going with Daniel Morgan. Heproved to be a very smart but tenacious general in his first battle, where they defeated the British
at the battle of Cowpens. This boosted Jack’s confidence and made him want to keep fighting.
But after this victory, t
he continental army lacked money to pay soldiers, and didn’t even have
enough supplies. A lot of them protested, Nathan being one of them. He left Jack, and wouldeventually be recruited into the British army as a loyalist.The war was not the same without Nathan, since that was his only friend. But Jack madeother friends quickly who encouraged him to keep fighting. After a long wait for supplies, theyfinally got them and went straight to battle at the Guilford courthouse. During the battle, Jack 
 
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shoots and kills Nathan, unaware it was him until after he shot him. Even though the British losttwice as many men, the continentals ended up retreating to save soldiers. Jack was in completeshock because of what had happened. His father and brothers were killed, he left his mother, andnow he had just killed his only friend. Despite the tragedy, Jack was starting to feel a part of the
army, and didn’t want to quit. By this time, he was well acquainted with Nathaniel Greene,Washington’s favorite General. Once C
ornwallis and the British set up at Yorktown, Washingtoncame down and set up all of his army around Yorktown, along with his French reinforcements.
Jack fought alongside Greene and Washington for days. Washington’s son Jacky was fighting in
his first battle ever when he got camp fever and died. Eventually Cornwallis surrendered toWashington with Greene and Jack Daniels along his side.The purpose of this concept is to engage the readers in a story based on a true event thathappened on the same grounds as we on today. Along with engaging the audience with theconcept, I want them to become aware of how our country gained independence, and who wasinvolved. A lot of the battles in the south surrounded the Charlotte area, which is very interestingfor people who live here. In all, I want my reader to be able to say that
 America is born
is veryeye-opening and emotionally touching.While the range of audience is pretty broad, there are some specific groups of people thatthis concept is aimed for. The audience will be mostly men over 18, since the concept is veryviolent. A lot of men that are associated with war, or have been will definitely be interested inthis, along with people that are interested in American history. Because of the action andstoryline, there will also be a lot of additional audience just looking to satisfy their need with asolid action movie. Overall, I think that the concept will have a successful range of audience.

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