I have copyrighted all 84 scripts of COME FLY WITH ME with the United States Copyright Office under Registration #PU 3-928-424
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The script of the trailer is pending
TEASER: BC 19, Mary is 4 years old – SYRIAN PALACE: Some of Herod’s subjects complain about him to Caesar. Caesar sides with Herod so, to avoid being tortured to death for complaining, they commit suicide. MARY’S NAZARETH HOME: Little Mary giggles with her papa, Heli, then listens as her parents bemoan living in fear all the time under King Herod.
ACT ONE: BC 18, Mary is 5 years old – SANCTUARY TO GOD PAN: Herod goes to an out-of-the-way part of his kingdom to lay out plans to build a temple to the god Caesar. When one of his guards complains, Herod has him speared through and secretly orders the remainder of the guards who heard the complaint be imprisoned when they return to Jerusalem. MARY’S NAZARETH HOME: Little Mary asks why she can’t see her friends at the synagogue any more. Her mother, Sarah, explains Herod will not allow meetings of large groups because he is afraid people are planning his downfall. Innocent Mary replies, “Is he afraid of falling down?”. When Sarah adds that he has spies everywhere and even puts on a disguise like a mask to spy himself, Mary responds, “Can we have masks too?” ROME PALACE: Herod seeks Caesar’s permission to execute his two teen sons for trying to take over his throne. Caesar says no, “Give them a party.”
ACT TWO: BC 17, Mary is 6 years old – MARY’S NAZARETH HOME: Mary holds her baby sister and says she’s going to have children when she grows up and will never let anyone hurt them. Her grandpapa asks daughter, Sarah, why she named her Mary which means bitterness. Papa Heli complains that Herod wants to kill his own sons. Mary volunteers to go to Jerusalem and be a friend to Herod’s sons. As always, the answers are “You’re too young” and “We’re all helpless to do anything about Herod.” BC 9 – Mary is 14 years old – JERUSALEM: By night, Herod sneaks into David’s and Solomon’s tomb to steal their gold. Two soldiers catch fire and die. MARY’S NAZARETH HOME: This typical teen comes twirling into their courtyard after babysitting because “children are so much fun.” Papa Heli quizzes her about patrolling soldiers bothering her. “No one pays attention to someone like me.” A girlfriend comes by and tries to get Mary to join their protest march against Herod. Mary warns Judith, “We’re too young”. She recalls seeing Herod’s bright new temple in Jerusalem and suggests he might have turned nice. And besides, she met a young man when they were in Jerusalem last year. His name is Joseph.
ACT THREE: BC 8 – Mary is 15 years old – JERUSALEM PALACE: In the middle of the night, Herod meets with his advisers and tells them to get more spies to follow his two young sons and their friends. “Torture their friends to get confessions.” BC 7 – Mary is 16 years old – BEIRUT, JUPITER TEMPLE: Herod obeys Caesar by lining up a neutral jury. He again accuses his two sons. They defend themselves, are found guilty, then are strangled to death in his presence. When Caesar learns of it, he says, ”It is better to be Herod’s pig than his son.” MARY’S NAZARETH HOME: Mary is in another tither about heartless Herod. She goes to their roof to beat the dust out of family rugs. Suddenly, Joseph shows up in a funny encounter with her father and grandfather. When they call up to dust-covered Mary that Joseph has arrived from Bethlehem, she screams. Father Heli takes Joseph for a walk while the women clean up and Joseph proposes awkwardly. Heli shows him a run-down house for sale at the end of the street and carpenter Joseph buys it.
ACT FOUR: SEPHORUS: Heli, a mason, makes carpenter Joseph his young partner and they go see a house he is building. While there, a new wall falls on a nearby worker and Joseph single-handedly lifts ceiling beams and the wall off the injured man. Heli brags, “That’s my boy”. MARY’S NAZARETH HOME: The men arrive right after the rabbi and they have the big betrothing ceremony, bridal dress and all. Days later Mary studies plans for her big wedding. The family decides to go for a walk but Mary stays home, so father Heli warns her to bar the gate. Alone she goes up on the roof. ANGEL GABRIEL APPEARS dressed in street clothes and our feisty Mary threatens him. Here is her side of their conversation:
“How do you know my name?….You’re not kidding me. Who are you? Just leave before I scream….Besides, how did you know I was getting married? Leave, or I’ll scream….I know God is with me all the time. He’ll protect me from you unless you really are an angel. Which I doubt…. What kind of special way? Not that I believe you…. But a boy? How can you know that?….Jesus? My husband will be Joseph. I plan to name my first son Joseph….Great? How great?… No. This is some kind of dream. I’m having a big wedding and…Okay, I believe the prophets. But I do not believe you…. No. You’re not fooling me. Just who are you, anyway?… I’m watching you. And I still have the bat I clean rugs with. It’s in my hand. I’m pretty strong, you know…. I can count as well as you…. But I’m a virgin. How can I have the baby?… God’s Spirit? His Holy Spirit helped David write his psalms. He does other things too?…Celestial?… I am willing to do whatever God wants. Somehow I believe. Everything you said. It will come true. Finally it will come true…. Me, Lord? Me?”
True story is emphasized with subtitles of dates and places through the action.
Today’s young people like to participate and do things on their i-phones. The audience gets to vote on the ending of each episode.
Actors in their 20s. Most of the primary actors will be in their twenties. After all, Jesus had just turned 30. (See above list)
21st-century vocabulary in robes. To help young people connect with first-century Bible-based episodes, 21st-century vocabulary is used.
B-Plots in every episode bring out an ethical point. The twelve “aides” interact in subplots in every episode.
Today’s young people have world views. The unique dress of the 12 aides will help viewers keep track of who is who (and encourage international distribution).
• Format: Procedural 1-hour TV Drama sprinkled with special effects for the supernatural and a little humor.
• Genre: Historic based on a true story. Supers indicate place, year, and little Mary’s age during each event.
• Style: Highway to Heaven (features a different character each episode) and The Pilgrim’s Progress (can be animated)
• Rating: PG-13
• Interactive: Website gives background for each episode, quotes original sources, etc. for viewer participation ( https://comeflywithme-tv.com )
• Theme Music in the powerful majestic and ethereal style of Mozart’s Coronation Mass to remind viewers these ORDINARY people doing ordinary things are part of the greater scheme of things they can only imagine. https://youtu.be/suUQAxvI80k
FIRST-CENTURY WORLD: King Herod reigns terror on his kingdom. Riots everywhere.
CAST: Many are under age of 30 according to average age in the first century. Jesus is a carpenter and muscular lumberjack (no lumber yards back then). God is a swirling mist in which Jesus stands when talking with him before his human birth.
ENTIRE SERIES NAME: COME FLY WITH ME (84 EPISODES)
Season1 – BETHLEHEM
Season 2 – HEARTS AFIRE
Season 3 – DREAM MAKER
Season 4 – FOLK HERO
Season 5 – FLOOD GATES
Season 6 – PROMISE KEEPER
Season 7 – SHADOW OF DEATH
Season 8 – COME FLY WITH ME
FREE SHOOTING SITE: It would be impractical to film on location because people would have to move there for eight years (if the series runs for its entire 84 episodes). Some shooting sites cost up to $1200/day. The city of Casa Grande has granted free and indefinite use of its 230-acre desert park. For pictures, look here.
FREE FIRST-CENTURY TOWNSITE: I am working on building a first-century townsite (which can also be an ancient Indian village for other filmmakers) through a civil engineering major at Arizona State University.
FREE PUBLICITY: The city of Casa Grande wants publicity for the filming site. They will put up signs on I-10 (two miles away) and also include blurbs about the site in state and national tourist booklets. “Come see where Come Fly With Me is being made. Bring a picnic basket.
TAX CREDITS: Arizona used to offer tax credits to the film industry. Matthew Earl Jones, Arizona State Film Commissioner, is working with the Commerce Department and the governor to try to get it reinstated.
DISTRIBUTION: Churches are bursting at the seams in Eastern Europe. The president of Ukraine requested a Bible be given to every student and teacher in the nation in order to lower the crime rate. The same is going on in Bulgaria and elsewhere in the former atheistic Soviet Union. In the US, is a new trend of faith-based movies.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Katheryn Maddox Haddad spends an average of 300 hours researching for each biblical historical novel, including ancient historians, archaeological sites, and other original sources to ensure authenticity. With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and history and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, Katheryn Maddox Haddad also has a master’s degree in management and public relations.
She also draws on her broad background as social worker, foster mother, missionary to Korea, and business professor at Rochester College in Michigan to create fresh, insightful, and exciting ways to portray Bible characters.
She is author of over sixty-five books, both non-fiction and fiction. For many years, she has been sending out every morning a daily scripture and short inspirational thought to some 30,000 people around the world.
She spends half her day writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as textbook. She has taught some 6500 Muslims through World English Institute. Students she has converted to Christianity are in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Somalia, Jordan, and Palestine. “They are my heroes,” she declares.
She is a member of the Arizona Production Assn, Arizona Independent Film Assn., Phoenix Screen Writers Assn, Arizona Film & Media Coalition, International Christian Media Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also an energetic public speaker.
Film Website (new): https://comeflywithme-tv.com/
Book Website (500 subscribers): https://inspirationsbykatheryn.com
Newsletter (3200 subscribers, open rate of 40%): http://bit.ly/1xKBK4B