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Scapegoat:
The Passion of Judas Iscariot
Scapegoat is a full-length screenplay, written by filmmaker Christopher Julian, about the last years of the life of Jesus, from the point of view of Judas—in this version, a young and idealistic teenager. The script is decidedly non-Christian, and putting a different spin on the history, religion and politics of first-century Palestine.

Along with his company, Digitalworks, and a team of other filmmaker colleagues, Chris Julian has begun pre-production on the project. In Sept. 2010, the team recorded dialogue for the entire script at a recording studio, with the help of a dozen talented actors. Editing of this audio material will be combined with music, sound effects and pre-production art & storyboards to assemble a "moving screenplay" — a working rough cut of the entire project. Also tentatively in the works is to produce a live-action trailer in the Summer of 2012.

The project team is seeking other like-minded people to join the production, in terms of planning, cast and crew. Interested individuals may contact info@scapegoatfilm.net.
 
 
    
Pre-Production Reel 2:00
Pre-production sketches & paintings by Chris Julian.
Music composed by Catherine Grealish.

Screenplay
Logline: The young and impressionable Judas Iscariot must choose between the traditions of his heritage and the charms of a strange new teacher, who is slowly falling in love with the youth. "The Greatest Story Never Told" — until now.

In prior versions of this website, a pdf of the screenplay was available. Now that the project has sparked greater interest, there is an increasing need to guard the written materal against mass distribution, beyond what is presented in this website.

If you are interested in reading the full version, the script is available by request only. Thank you for understanding the need to protect intellectual property.


      
Synopsis
The adolescent Judas Iscariot lives a sheltered life under the thumb of his strict father, working to become a Temple Priest. But when he comes to the aid of a stranger, Jude is whisked away into a harsh and unwelcoming world beyond his ken.

This stranger in need slowly becomes a popular teacher among the common folk, but hides the truth about his own dark and dangerous inner world. Jude is the only one privy to the haunting visions of the future which begin to drive his mentor to madness. As their odd connection unfolds into a deeper passion and love, both of their lives begin to crumble.

Ultimately, Jude must choose between the traditions of his heritage and the love for his mentor and hero, and hope that he is able to save the situation for everyone.

Contact us at info@scapegoatfilm.net

The Scapegoat screenplay and all related images and text are © 2000, 2003, 2010 by Christopher Julian.
chris @ christopherjulian . com (remove spaces for valid email)