Just One Night
Scene 1 - Who's
CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL. Tom is being escorted through the high school doors
to a police cruiser that is waiting to take him back to the prison. Trooper
Rod Forey is accompanying him. As the two exit the high school, Tom begins:
My name's Tom Boyle
and I'm a convicted felon - serving 4-8 years in the NH State Prison.
Sometimes, they let me out for a few hours so I can tell my story,
mostly to high school kids, but sometimes adults. I talk about who
I am, how I grew up, and most important, how the choices I made led
me to where I am.
two arrive at the cruiser. Forey opens rear passenger door and assists
Tom as he ducks down out of sight as he gets in. Cut to ...
GRAPHIC SEQUENCE. Run graphic, then dissolve back to ...
BACK SEAT OF POLICE CRUISER. Tom is facing camera. Whenever he looks away
towards window it is assumed that we will cover that section with B-Roll
until his gaze returns to the camera.
I grew up in Pembroke,
New Hampshire. [He turns to look out passenger
side window.] Middle class family, mom and dad married,
3 brothers and sisters, not a wealthy family, we didn't have a lot
of toys or bikes but we had what we needed.
[He turns back to camera.] And a pretty happy upbringing.
We did okay. Went to bishop Brady high school and Brady was a good
place for me. [Turns back to look out window.]
I was one of those guys - I like to say I'm a B student in life that
works hard, makes good choices, and generally gets A's or A minuses.
[He turns back to the camera.] I graduated from Bishop Brady
10th in my class. [Gesturing with
his hands.] I like to say - there's 9 real smart people
and then me. That's the way it was.
to UNH B-Roll with voiceover ......
After high school, I decided
to go to the University of New Hampshire. College was a great place
for me, all sorts of new ideas and different people from all over
the country and the world and it opened my mind to possibilities that I
didn't see growing up in small-town Pembroke. And I did all
right in college. I studied hard. I'm one of those guys
who started classes at 8:30 in the morning which is unheard of at
college. All of my friends were rolling out of bed at 12 o'clock,
one, and I was done my classes for the day. See, I was making
the right choices.
OUTSIDE PRISON GATE. Cruiser drives into frame. The gates open and they
drive through. Cut to ...
INSIDE PRISON GATE. Forey exits cruiser and escorts Tom from the car to
the reception area entrance.
PRISON YARD. Camera walks backwards in front of Tom.
Now I wasn't one of those
preppy guys. I had the long hair, the beard, ripped jeans,
moccasins, backpack, a guitar. I had my fun, but I did well at UNH.
I graduated with a couple of degrees. Economics and business.
I made good choices, stayed out of trouble, and graduated with high
marks. After graduation, I showed up on my dad's doorstep and
said ‘hey Dad, how are you doing?' And he said ‘I'm doing fine,
how are you doing?' And I said ‘I'm trying to find myself,'
and Dad, the ex-Marine, kind of looked at me and said ‘Get a job.
That's a start.' So I did. I cut my hair and shaved my
beard and got some gray slacks and a blue blazer and I was ready
to go. I ended up taking a job working for the state legislature.
So I started wearing suits and ties and thought that was pretty cool.
PRISON YARD. Tom turns and says....
A couple of years later,
I joined my father and brother in a business they had just started
up. And we shipped our product out of the garage and my bedroom was
the office and the dining room was something in between. And the business
grew. [Tom starts walking over to chair and sits.]
It grew into something that was successful. We made some money,
and we hired people and those people had a good quality of life because
we made good choices. And I became successful.
goes out of frame]
to B-Roll of BMW with voiceover ...
RAZOR-WIRE FENCE. Tom sits in a patch of grass.
I made more money than
I ever thought I would make. Driving a BMW, house in the country
on 15 acres in Vermont, wearing Armani suits, traveling in the Caribbean
on my vacations. And along the way, I married my college sweetheart
and we had two beautiful children. And we lived in the country and
life was very, very good.
ends - camera returns to Tom.
But all that changed
just a few years ago. I remember the night. February 17th.
It all changed, and it changed abruptly, all in Just One Night.
And not for the better. All those good choices, all that
effort, all that responsibility, gone. Like that. I'd
like to tell you about this night, in hopes that maybe you could see this
from where I am. So maybe you could understand how this could just
to black and then up on ...
2 - Accidents Will Happen