Pursue the Possibilities…©


July 2008

Javier Serrano’s Oscar dream: to be honored as the first Hispanic to win Best Director.

A message from the Founder
July is here. I cannot believe how fast this year is going; I remember it was just like yesterday when I was celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with family and friends. But, I simply cannot argue the fact that I am pleased because July is here: my birthday on the twenty-third of this month. Once a year, I compose three “Special Edition” newsletters. One, in February, to honor the birth of Monte Pictures, and secondly, to honor the annual Academy Awards. Thirdly, in July, to honor my birth month since I am the creator and founder of Monte Pictures I deserve several recognitions for my contribution, dedication, and my hard work that goes into each monthly newsletters. Also, I want to take this opportunity to inform you on some great news. I am introducing Josh Roybal in this “Special Edition,” we’ve been composing a new script called “Crybaby,” in the next issue of Monte Pictures a short synopsis will be available. I am extremely honored to be working with Mr. Roybal; I call his contribution, “a star in the making.” So, I hope you enjoy this month’s issue and like always: I wish you and your family great health. - Javier Serrano

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How to write a Screenplay…. The fundamental rules to writing a screenplay are quite simple: first you need a story; secondly, you need to establish characters; thirdly, you need to write 90 to 120 pages minimum; and lastly, the most important rule of writing a screenplay is to make your movie cheap. Below is an example from my screenplay “Breakaway,” I hope you will write your story into a screenplay and you never know I may be the one to purchase your movie. Also, very important, the font must be Courier or Courier New and the size must be 12 no smaller or larger. FADE IN: INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT Olivia, early twenties, lies in the bed. SNORING, nearby, it is her husband; she reaches over to her nightstand. Her right eye is swollen; a LARGE bruise circulates her eye. INT. BATHROOM – NIGHT Olivia turns on the light and closes the door lightly without making a sound. She opens the medicine cabinet and reaches for ointment to stop the swelling. INT. CHILDREN’S ROOM – NIGHT Olivia enters her children’s room and immediately hurries to the closet. Two packed suit cases wait. She walks to the bed and uncovers the blanket. A boy, eight, and girl, six, lie in the bed dead asleep. OLIVIA (Shakes the little girl) Elaine? Wake up, its mommy. ELAINE Mommy, what’s happening? OLIVIA Sweetheart, we have to go. Wake your brother for me while I get your shoes. Seconds later, Elaine grabs her pillow from underneath her and hits her brother over the face.

Daniel Radcliffe Was born on July 23, 1984. You may recognize him in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. He has cumulated his earnings of more than $50 million dollars (US) for five Harry Potter films.

2002. Directed by Julie Taymor. Salma Hayek embarked on a seven year journey to visually adapt the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo onto the big screen. Hayek was absolutely stunning and ravishing in this bio film, which I had felt it was underrated by the Academy Awards, however, it won six Academy Award nominations. I felt that if Salma Hayek would of performed in Spanish, the native tongue of Frida Kahlo, she would have won the Oscar for Best Actress, what Marion Cotillard had done five years later in French for her performance in “La Vie en Rose” (2007). I have to say the film is a mess. What makes this film difficult to watch and understand is for every minute in the film it equals a year to three years of Frida Kahlo’s life. But, Director Julie Taymor expresses more onto the screen which are the creativity, originality and, of course, the gorgeous colorful arts of Mexican cultures and paintings. The story sets in the time when Frida was badly injured in a bus accident which left her temporary paralyzed in a body cast for several years. She takes up a crafting in painting and sketching. She eventually learns to walk again and stabilizes herself to work in order to pay for her medical expenses. She meets Mural Painter Diego Riviera, where she soon becomes his bride, unaware of his addiction as being a womanizer. Frida’s life is soon spun out of control from Diego’s affairs, her depression, alcoholism, amputation on the right leg, medical debt. In her last entry of her diary she writes, “I hope my exit is enjoyable and I shall never return.”

Alison Krauss was born on July 23, 1971. Unfortunately, unrecognizable in the public-eye, but well received in the music industry. During her career she has won 21 Grammy awards – more than any female artists to date.

Kerri Strug landed her vault on a sprain ankle in the Summer Olympics on July 23, 1996, winning a gold medal in the Team all-around – marked the first ever US women team to win a gold medal.

A must see! Angelina Jolie is pitched perfect in this film. James McAvoy is becoming a Better actor each time coming. “A thrilled ride filled with adrenaline. I loved it,” Javier Serrano.

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Hotel Rwanda
Directed by Terry George. Hotel Rwanda is a historical drama film about a hotel assistant manager named Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) during the gruesome time of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. The film was shot on location in the Capital city of Kigali, Rwanda; unfortunately, the Sabena Hotel des Mille Collines, the accurate hotel to which was home to more than 1,200 refugees of the war in Rwanda was unavailable at the time of filming. The film is known as the African “Schindler’s List”. “Perhaps the most Inspirational performances by Don Cheadle (Rusesabagina) and Sophie Okonedo (Tatiana Rusesabagina) to ever be filmed, “ Javier Serrano, of Monte. I was extremely disappointed at the Academy Awards when both Cheadle and Okonedo were shut out of Oscar wins in 2005. Heath Ledger stars as The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” Ledger’s last performance on screen. The film final budget of the production is at $180 million dollars the most expensive Batman film to date. “The Dark Knight” opens in theatres in the US on July 18, 2008.

The Pianist (2002)
Adrien Brody became the youngest Oscar winner for Best Actor in a Leading role for his mesmerizing performance as Wladyslaw Szpilman in “The Pianist”.

Directed by Roman Polanski. The story is set in the time of WWII in Poland. Szpilman (Brody) is a Polish composer, his career is interrupted by German oppression. His greatest masterpiece is his survival.

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