Just One Night
Scene 5 - A Whole
ENTRYWAY TO PRISON RECEPTION AREA. The camera is facing a large metal door.
The door slides open to reveal Tom and his prison escort. Tom begins ...
So I'm in prison, and I've
got some big adjustments to make. You know, my attorneys
give me my Converse all-star sneakers, because Gucci shoes - you
can't wear those in prison. No Cartier watches, no Armani suits.
They just don't go with the place. So anyway, I go to the prison
and you go through one big gate, then through another big gate, then
through this metal door. [The door clangs
shut behind him and the officer proceeds to unlock another door that
leads to the shower area.] - you know, everything you know and
love in the world, everything you can control, everything you've
looked to for help is on the other side of that door - and you're
in a foreign land. I was scared. So was every other guy who
came in when I came in. Scared. No matter how big or how tough
they were on the outside. Forget that. It's a time to be afraid.
officer opens the door and escorts Tom though to ...
SHOWER AREA. The camera is framed on a medium wide shot in front of the
shower area. Tom walks into frame ...
What do you think is the
first thing they do with you when you go into prison? They
give you a little green bottle. [Tom holds one
up as an example.] And they disinfect you. Imagine that.
They disinfect you so that you don't pollute the prison population.
walks into the shower area and the camera follows ... ]
They put you in this big
shower area - there's people moving around, coming and going, and
you're over there with nothing on, scrubbing up. And then they fingerprint
you and then they give you a nice outfit like this. Not quite Armani but
I'm looking pretty good in it, right? They give you a number
[He points to the number on his shirt.] - Tom Boyle, 22466.
That's who I am. Tom Boyle, 22466.
walks past camera out of shower area - camera swivels to follow - shoots
next scene with Tom on other side of bars in corridor.
R&D CORRIDOR OUTSIDE SHOWER AREA.
Now I'm not going
to give you a big story on prison life - the stuff you always see.
It's not like the movies. Prison is about misery and loneliness.
widens to show real Tom) Misery and loneliness
every day of your life. And you do what you're told.
They tell you when to get up, they tell you when to eat, they tell
you what to eat, they tell you who to live with. They give you a
job, you do the job - if that's cleaning toilets, you do it.
Because you want to do what you're told, because if you don't, they
put you someplace worse than where you already are. And you can't
even imagine being someplace worse than where you already are.
So I do what I'm told. I'm not a tough guy.
walks out of frame ...
CORRIDOR OUTSIDE CLASSROOM. Tom is standing in doorway to classroom,
leaning against the doorjamb. We can see other inmates through the
glass window facing the blackboard. Note: This is a new scene
and may or may not be used in the final cut, depending on time.
After a while, I got lucky
- I got a good job in education, teaching other inmates. You
know the average age of my class? 18, 19 years old.
Young guys who didn't finish high school because they got themselves
in some kind of jam. And my classes are full. So I started
to see that maybe I could help some people. And other people
have helped me. I ended up living in a place where most of
these guys are doing time like: life, 10-20, 20-40 - huge numbers, and
this is their home. And fortunately for me, and I mean that,
I'm grateful to these men - they've taken me in and showed me how
to handle myself and how to get by. And through that, I've
been able to be safe and make it. They took care of me.
to black and then up on ... Scene 6
- For Better or Worse