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Pitch Revised

Pitch Revised

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Jordan GrahamMr. BorreroEnglish 1102April 9
th
, 2012The PitchDear Executives,My name is Jordan Graham, and I am the creator for a concept for a movie called
 America is born.
The concept is based on the later stages of the Revolutionary war leading up tothe British surrender at Yorktown. When the British started taxing America, we started a warwith the Crown 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.
From the late 1760’s to the early 1770’s Britain was constantly trying to tax America f 
orthe goods they were buying. For example, you probably are familiar with the Boston tea party,when Britain taxed tea and other imports, which resulted in the colonists raiding British shipsand throwing all the tea into the ocean (Boston Tea Party, 1773). These taxes are the initial
 
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problems that lead to the revolutionary war. The war was very slow for about 6 years, until itmoved down into the southern colonies, specifically South Carolina.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 didwhat 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 to
try 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,
a close friend that he hadbeen homeschooling with for a couple years. They were the same age, and had always talkedabout fighting in a war. Jack went and found his friend and told him and his father what hadhappened to his family. Nathan and his father were shocked, but furious, and immediately set outwith some Patriots to join the Army with General Abraham Buford, who was commanding thewar in the south.The first battle came quick, at Waxhaw Creek, SC. The continental army had just camefrom the north to continue the fight in the south, and were eager to fight. The continentals gotslaughtered, Nathan
s father being one of the first to die. They both got out alive, but after seeing
 Nathan’s father die,
the effects of war were already overwhelming both of them. Nathan was in
shock, and didn’t seem like the same person anymore. The loss at the Battle of Waxhaws put the
continental army in a major social depression; taking away some of the armies hope.
 
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They had heard that they were getting a new commander in the south, General HoratioGates. He took them to their second battle where poor tactics caused them to lose, and therecommander fled in embarrassment. Washington then sent down Nathaniel Greene and DanielMorgan to command the war. Jack and Nathan met up with them in present day Charlotte, andthen split up in two groups, Jack and Nathan going with Daniel Morgan. He proved to be a verysmart but tenacious general in his first battle, where they defeated the British at the battle of Cowpens (The Battle of Cowpens 1781)
. This boosted Jack’s confidence and made him want to
keep fighting. But after this victory, the 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 leftJack, and would eventually 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 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 thearmy
, and didn’t want to quit. By this time, he was well acquainted with Nathaniel Greene,Washington’s favorite General. Once Cornwallis and the British set up at Yorktown, Washington
came 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 Battle of Yorktown 1781).

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