Silence of the Land by D Scott Mangione | Script Revolution

Silence of the Land



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In 1834 Texas, a wealthy Mexican landholder is threatened by Anglos. He must defend his family and property from the Texas Rangers and Texas government to avoid abandoning his land.
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SILENCE OF THE LANDS – By D. Scott Mangione
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Genre: Western Drama.
This is a solid and compelling story with good tension, good stakes, and strong sympathetic characters the audience can root for, especially Domingo and his wife. I’ve read too many romances that can’t avoid being corny but this is a strong and spiritual relationship. I felt for Bernada when Domingo left home, when she was beaten up, and when she had her baby. The villains have believable convictions for doing their evil deeds.
You are a good storyteller, and it feels like it was a labor of love for you, personally.
I like the intimate scenes. For example: when the father and sons are looking at the night sky. The relationship between Lorenzo and his son reminds me of the relationship between Jacob and his sons in the book of Genesis. Especially on page 13 where he effectively gives Domingo his blessing. I love the land granting scene on Page 7; very ceremonial. I love the scene where Richard throws dirt at Domingo’s feet. I like the confrontation with Rafael where Lorenzo’s killer is revealed. Good scene where Rafael is ‘resurrected’ along with Domingo’s soul. By that point in the story, I was completely invested in the characters.
I love the descriptions like “the massive party room supported by pillars of Cyprus and oak crossbeams.” I love the graphic imagery of Hank tortured and tied to a cross on page 45. That is quite a brutal and effective scene.
The dialogue is engaging and believable.
I usually feel bookends are unnecessary but, in this case, they create a fitting end to the tale and nicely complement the story. This is going to be a very expensive period film.

Submitted: May 13, 2018
Last Updated: April 15, 2019

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The Writer: D Scott Mangione

I have come to realize that there is a little bit of me in every screenplay I write. My first life-changing experience was the opportunity to learn the Navajo language and spend two years living among the Native Americans in the Navajo Nation. I spent the next fifteen years of my life playing keyboards with pop and country cover bands which gave me the opportunity to experience most of this great country of ours. I wrote many songs during this time and was the lead songwriter for three studio-recorded albums. I was able to earn a bachelors degree in education and biology from UTSA and a masters degree in curricular and instructional development from UNLV. I got married and was blessed with... Go to bio

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