When I reading the project, I was shocked by what happened in the small town, and after I finished reading, I was moved by the ending. At the beginning of the script, there is a monologue describing the whole event, express what changed after the crime, I think it is Matthew’s teacher. As a director, I am going to let one actor talking on the stage alone to describe the whole event in detail, I am going to use some light that is not very bright to create a depressive environment, the person who is doing that will be wearing a teacher custom, and wearing a glass, he will have a low tone voice, and looked very knowledgeable and calm.
There won’t be any props on the stage. When Amanda went to Linda and wanted to talk about Matthew, they rejected to talk to her about it, and said: “we do not want any more of this, you are not wanted here. ” As a director, I am going to use a door to separate Amanda and Linda’s family. They will talk between the door. Amanda will be wearing fashion cloth since she is from New York, Linda’s family will be wearing very domiciliary.
The next person did accept the interview, but he always talk about other things like introducing the Laramie town, when he came to the past when he was applying for Angel in America scene, his parents told him that they would not come the see him because homosexuality’s wrong. It brought to the mean topic. But he said, he did that scene only because he just want to win. For this scene, I am going to put two chairs on the stage, and just let two put seat on them and talk, at first the interviewee will be very excited to talk about the Laramie town, and then when he start talking about the scene part, he got nervous and start to panic.
He will be wearing working cloth, I did not remember what he do, but he will be wearing cloth that can show that what his job is. The third person is Trish Stager, owner of a shop in town, he know Matthew, and he said Matthew want him to call him Matt instead of Matthew. For this scene, I am going to make a backward scene to show how it is happened, I am going to make an actor Matthew, and create a plot that show he went to the shop and talk to Trish stager.
The fourth person I think is a taxi driver, as a director, I am going to make him sit in the fake car, and talk out of the window. He is going to be a uneducated man, he will be wearing a cheap cloth, but looks very friendly. There are some scenes that I don’t think I will included in my drama, like the one talking about Matthew want to get into political affairs, and he all his big interest is watching CNN and MSNBC and another scene like his smile make people feel good.
I will include the scene where a person who is also a gay talking about his experience, he said that when she first moved to Laramie, she knew it was going to be hard as a gay man, when there is a woman interviewing her and ask her about her husband, she told her that she was a lesbian, she would go to Denver, and go to the gay bars there, and she realized that there are so many people came from Wyoming, but all of them are saying Wyoming is not a place where they can live and they had to get out.
But she said every once in a while, there’d be a guy says he miss Laramie, then he decided that he would try to stay there, and she called the woman who interviewed her and who already know that she is a lesbian. Surprisingly, the woman is Lesbian as well, and she want to see her immediately. And the woman also warned her about the fact that there is other Lesbian in the town who would not be seen with her.
As a director, I will make the woman who is talking about her experience has short hair, and looks handsome, she will be taller than the regular woman, and looks sporty. I will also include the scene where the bartender talking about the process of how Matthew got beaten up, he did not believe what Russell and Aaron-the two boys who beat Matthew up said, they said that it was Matthew came to them first. As a director, I will make two stages, one is the bartender talking about the process, and another is two characters beating Matthew’s character up.
After this scene, some people finally start talking about this crime, right after it, the true witness come along, it was him who rescued Matthew, although it was too late, he said that Matthew was tied with a real thin white rope, and It was wound around the bottom of the pole about four inches off the ground, he describes how he rescued him in details, therefore I will make this plot back to the situation when he rescuing Matthew, I will use some fake blood and put them all over the Matthew’s face and body, and tied him with a rope.
After that there are some defenders of Russell and Aaron, the defender said that he is the landlord, and he saw Russell in the Christmas party, totally drunk but did not change his personality at all. And some defenders talked about how good kid is Aaron, and he has a kid, and although he do not like gays, he was fine as long as the gay people do not come up to him. As a director, I will make the defender looks very innocent in a very fake way, they will dressed up and looks good, but I will make them talk the way that audience do not like.
There are also some plot where some people do not agree with homosexuality, as a director, I will make all the people who do not agree standing on the stage, and talk one by one, and then after a while they became unorganized and higher their voice, make the audience feel annoy and could hear them clear. I will also make some noises when they are talking, the light will be so bright that the audiences feel uncomfortable. After that good people in the town realized that they need to own this crime, and after they do that they felt comfortable and release.
After that it is the gay community gathering, I will make it very encouraging, they will be sitting in a circle and talk kindly, and fearly because it is talking about they are afraid of telling others that they are homosexual, and they are always afraid a pickup truck do a U-turn. They will update Matthew’s condition. There will be a homecoming parade scene where a lot of people around the United States and the fortune of the University of Wyoming football team. Later on, Matthew died, his family again asked to express their sincerest gratitude to the entire world for the overwhelming response to their son.
People started to pay attention to this crime. People are sending Emails and letters, as a director, for this plot, I will make a letter rain, which a lot of letters falling from the sky, one person standing on the stage talking like a reporter on the TV. He will be wearing suite, and it looks like he was be recorded. For the Funeral scene, I will make a lot of people standing on the stage and looked sad and crying. Like the script said, they are all dressed in black, it is too costly for me to make a rain scene, so I just passed that.
For the court scene, I will make it longer than the other scenes because it is kind of important, when Russell and Aaron are defending themselves that when they were driving Matthew home, Matthew started to affend them, so they beat them up. They will be very confident at the beginning, and then after more and more questions to be asked, they finally confess. At the end, I will play a romantic song for the end because it is a kind of good ending. Overall, I like this script, and I would like to watch the movie too. As a director, I am choosing this script because I think it is very educated and interesting.