The Laramie Project
Check out this Behind the Scenes promo video on the making of the project. Video created by Jason Bui.
Watch the official trailer for The Laramie Project
Stills from the film. Shot on my Canon 90D.
The Laramie Project is a play written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.
In late summer 2020, Kentridge Players (a theatre company in Kent, WA) reached out to Torres Productions, LLC. to produce, shoot, and edit a feature length cinematic adaptation of the play. Although typically performed on the stage with a cast of eight portraying multiple roles, director Jennifer Grajewksi had the vision to shoot it essentially as a faux documentary with a cast of about 40 individuals (some high school students, some adults from the community). We would bring performers into the theater one at a time and shoot out every individual character. Then, in post, I would assemble all of the separately performed interviews into one cohesive narrative project.
This was the first narrative project I took on during the Covid-19 pandemic and so learning how to safely and thoughtfully create something of this scope was a huge challenge, but given the circumstances I am incredibly proud of the project we were able to create and as cinematographer for the film, I am very happy with the visuals of the project.
In October 2020, Kiro 7 News in Seattle did a story on the project, reporting on the logistics as well as the intention behind our team wanting to make our adaptation of The Laramie Project. The final production streamed on ShowTix4U October 15, 2020 to October 25th, 2020. Due to licensing restrictions, the film is not publically available at this time.