Thing a day



A Few More Scenes

It’s been fun to deconstruct the screenplay of The 23rd Letter and present scenes out of order, and it’s been fantastic to see Patrick visualize and bring the words into pictures.

I don’t want to give away the ending, you’ll have to wait for the graphic novel and the film, but let’s just say it’s groundbreaking, and involves the whales, a volcano, and an earthquake, among other earth-shattering events!

Here are a few other scenes:

  1. A mysterious and possibly magical monkey frees Dexter from the ship’s hold where Shiyama’s cultists have imprisoned him.
  2. Dexter and Shiyama duke it out in the desert outside Jerusalem, in the midst of the war.
  3. Lola meets an old Turkish man who takes her into Israeli waters by piyade (a small boat).

I salute all the creative Thing a Day contributors!

Stephen Billias


Dexter and the Rabbi

The “inciting incident” of the screenplay of The 23rd Letter is the moment when a mysterious rabbi confronts Dexter on the New York subway and tells him he must find the missing letter, which has been stolen and is in the possession of evil people.  Dexter is skeptical. At the end of the scene, as Dexter is getting off, the rabbi makes ALL SOUND FALL AWAY. The #2 IRS Express races into the station on the center tracks, but NOISELESSLY. It’s as if the station has suddenly been submerged in water. Dexter reaches up to clear his ears, but it doesn’t help, he’s a prisoner in a mad mime’s nightmare. People are shouting and shoving, trains are pulling in and out, but he can’t hear anything except the  Rabbi’s smooth, insistent voice, from the open subway door: “What you are searching for is a sound.” The doors close silently. The #1 Broadway Downtown pulls out. Sound returns slowly. Dexter is stunned!

Patrick’s challenge as an artist is to visually represent the absence of sound.  He’s talked about a couple different ways he might do that. It will be interesting to se what he comes up with!



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