Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Update on One More Christmas

I started work on a screenplay titled, "One More Christmas" back in August of 2014 and I am now on Version 5.  Each version I start, I'll do four rewrites; some minor, some major.  For instance, I run like this, 1.a.b.c., 2.a.b.c., so forth and so on.  So being on version five is pretty amazing thing for me. I think that is the highest number of rewrites I've ever achieved on any of my projects.  Is it ready for prime time? Let us hope an pray; because, if not I'll be flipping burgers or locked up soon.  :)  

Title: “One More Christmas” 

Genre: Drama – Romance:  Central Hero, Character Driven, Faith Based, Family Friendly, Love Story.  Overcoming Obstacles, Rural Setting, Strong Male Lead, Teens, Wide Audience, Tragedy, War - Military.

Author:  Steven B. Newman

Logline:  Leo Harper is a wounded warrior who prays for “One More Christmas” with those he loves, with those who live in his heart, in his memories, and in his soul.

Synopsis: Leo Harper is a wounded warrior who learns to reconcile who he was with the reality of his new capabilities. Set with the back drop of “Bode’s Christmas Tree Farm,” the story explores important themes around PTSD and recovery.  It investigates the generational aspects of war and manhood and represents a return to family values.  It is a story about living in the real world, in a world where children are not coddled and spoiled.  The story also brings a strong moral message:  that helping others is a way of helping yourself. 

After becoming a wounded warrior, Leo opens up to Dr. Birmingham about his life and how his mother passed away.  He explains that he was raised by his great grandfather, Vernon Bode, a Vietnam Veteran who lives by the tradition of the Wolf’s Code.  Bode uses the code as a teaching tool after taking on the responsibility of raising Leo and his older brother, Brian.  He shows the teens how to become men and how to treat others with respect and dignity.  He teaches them frontiersman-like self-reliance and more importantly, how to recognize love and what it truly means to be a warrior. 

Leo returns home and begins to balance his expectations for himself against the certainty of his injuries and although he struggles to overcome the debilitation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he finds peace through God, surrounded by family.  He learns that in life, what he truly wants for Christmas simply cannot be bought.  Bottom line, we all pray for one more Christmas with those we love, with those who live in our hearts, in our memories, in our soul. 

Bio:  Steven B. Newman’s perspective as a Veteran brings truth and realism to his writing.  He reveals the heart and spirit of our nation’s greatest warriors and shows them for who they really are; the young men and women who grew up next door and went on to become something extraordinary. Steve is a graduate of Columbia College and a published author.  He currently resides in Midwest City, Oklahoma where he continues writing screenplays and novels about life as a soldier and helping others, especially veterans, achieve their creative dreams.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Burnt Yellow and Red"

To Brig, my wife!
You are the light of my life, my muse,
my Goddess of Dreams!

To my wonderful children:
I hope that all of your dreams come true.
Know that I love you—always!

To all the men and women who have given 
the ultimate measure of sacrifice in the defense of freedom.
In defense of our great nation!
You are more than just a number,
More than just a name etched in stone.

Burnt Yellow and Red is more than a terrific story of the unsung heroes of the Global War on Terror – the warriors of the United States Special Operations Forces.  It tells the story of the heart of these warriors, something that few people outside the brothers on their team ever get to know. While these truly Special warriors are “larger than life”, they also have a love and caring for their families and each other that only those who have gone into battle can ever achieve.  Steve Newman has captured this love and the heart and spirit of these warriors in Burnt Yellow and Red – it is a MUST read for ALL Americans!
Jeff Falkel Gold Star Father, Author  of “The Making of OurWarrior"

Friday, July 25, 2014

Seeking Executive Producers for the Movie! "Kill or Capture."

"Kill or Capture."

A true combat story about a team of Green Berets. Ambushed and surrounded, this small band of brothers take on thousands of heavily armed Taliban fighters. With fearless personal example they inspire their Afghan brothers to fight against overwhelming odds. Not since "Black Hawk Down" has there been such an example of heroism in action. Learn more from CBS News!

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I've written this as a screenplay for the families with input from the team and the encouragement of the Special Forces Community to include the Green Beret Foundation! A vast majority of any funds raised by my efforts will go to the heroic families and members of the ODA. Special thanks to Jenny "Mrs. Boss Lady" Paquette CEO of the GBF and my SF Brothers for their support of my efforts to tell the "True Story" of our nations finest warriors. These stories need to be told, they must be!

A very special thanks to the members of the team for giving me the opportunity to write their story.

Thank you all very much!