Interactions/Timeline/Updates

Interactions

The piece will involve 3 main interactions: whisper, touch/hugs, eye contact/slow dance. Each interaction reflects the evolution of a relationship from

Whisper

  • breaking the ice with someone,
  • letting go of the fear of being close with someone
  • becoming vulnerable.

Touch/hugs

  • Becoming intimate with someone
  • The excitement of touching someone/feeling their energy
  • Simulating passion

Eye contact/Slowdance

  • The inevitable intensity of being in a relationship
  • Knowing when a person is the one you want to be with, no matter how long apart
  • Seeing no one but that person

Whisper

The whisper chain opens up a playful door for the audience. It will begin with actors in the audience, of whom the rest of the audience will be unaware they apart of the show. This is meant to open people up; it’s less about what they are whisper, or even if they are whispering and more about opening up/connecting with people around them.

Interactions

The piece will involve 3 main interactions: whisper, touch/hugs, eyecontact/slowdance. Each interaction reflects the evolution of a relationship from

Whisper

  • breaking the ice with someone,
  • letting go of the fear of being close with someone
  • becoming vulnerable.

Touch/hugs

  • Becoming intimate with someone
  • The excitement of touching someone/feeling their energy
  • Simulating passion

Eye contact/Slow dance

  • The inevitable intensity of being in a relationship
  • Knowing when a person is the one you want to be with, no matter how long apart
  • Seeing no one but that person

Whisper

The whisper chain opens up a playful door for the audience. It will begin with actors in the audience, of whom the rest of the audience will be unaware they apart of the show. This is meant to open people up; it’s less about what they are whisper, or even if they are whispering and more about opening up/connecting with people around them. The whispers may continue as long as the audience chooses, reflecting how love is infinite, lingering, and sometimes fades away.

Touch/hugs

The second interaction builds from the first where the goal is for the audience to “pass” their touch through hugs or other ways to people around them. It will potentially also involve a whisper to tell the next person to hug the next person. This is meant to connect people in the audience more and pass good vibes to each person. How often do we take the time to hug people around us? How often do we even hug or show physical affection to our loved ones, let alone strangers.

Eye contact/slow dance

The last interaction will be Babe’s climatic element. In addition to the actors we are using for the first two interactions, we will have specific people who will be choreographed to find their counterpart in another point in the space. Half of the actors will go and find their other half (both actors), while the other half will then go and find random people in the audience to dance with. It is meant to show the power of eye contact–

  • locking gaze with someone around the room
  • When you find your “other half” in a crowd of people
  • To lose yourself in a moment

Timeline

Time: How long? Screen
2s Black
4-5s Black with Warning
2s Black
5s Little Babes pop up across the screen
3-5s Babes Enlarge and explode pink over the screen
5s All pink, filtering audience
10s Faded videos popup mapped to heartbeat
2s Return to all pink (absorb)
3s “Whisper” All pink/ voiceovers begin
27s 3-4 “Whisper” audios + audience whisper chain commences
5s All pink/no voiceovers (absorb)
3s “Touch” All pink/voiceovers start
42s 2-3 “Touch” audios + audience touch chain commences (whisper interaction possibly continues)
5s All pink/no voiceovers (absorb)

*2 minute mark

Storyboard sketches:

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Building Concept “

Last Friday Katie and I went to IAC to test some things we have been working on. Since the previous week, when we presented our 3-minute proposal, our biggest challenge is less about what to render on the screen, and more about how to create this interactive, and communal experience within the audience. It’s trickier than we thought to create an experience in front of arguably the biggest screen most of us have ever seen, and then have them not focus on it. It’s not that we want the screen to be turned off, but it’s more that we want to raise the question, why are so attached to this screen, or why do we want to be attached?

I’m sure there is a safety aspect as well. Screens are like our comfort blanket. They guide us through our day, informing us about the weather, current events, and what your friends are up to.  They also protect us from awkwardness in elevators, and unwanted conversations in bars. If we put away our little screen, we typically just open our larger screen, and sometimes an even larger screen. Sometimes we have three open at once: mobile, laptop, TV. And then we take you to a space with an even larger screen, arguably the largest screen we have encountered in our day. Will this be just another passive experience, where you stare numbly at a screen while you eat food off a small plate and sip on white wine? Or will this be an experience that makes you think about the space you are in and if you are really interacting with the people around you?

We brought two bottles of essential oils with spray bottle with us to IAC. We explained to Mimi that we didn’t really have anything to show, but rather wanted to run through some ideas we have been discussing. Katie and I spent a few hours talking about what love means to each one of us and how it is such a universal powerful, of which we see in thousands of movies and books since the beginning of time. We got in this idea about giving the audience something after Mimi mentioned that what if thought about other ways you feel or express love. What about touching? Or smelling? From this we started thinking about the five senses seen through love. How do we hear love? Feel it? Taste it? Smell it? And See it?

Going along with this, we thought about how we would start this interaction in the audience. Basically, how we would we teach the audience how we wanted them to move and interact in the space. We decided that a powerful way to start would be through whispering. How we would execute this is by planting a few people within the audience, who would just be friends/people we trust to do this who would initially start the interaction. The whispering itself would be no different than the game telephone. The difference of course is that the ending is unclear and also possibly elusive, just like love.

As the story continues throughout the 3 minutes, there are triggers of the rest of the senses, ending with Sight.

3 Minute Video Prototype

We are currently in the fourth week of Big Screens. My partner, Katie Temowski and I have been working hard building our concept, collecting our visual inspirations, and beginning to craft out a narrative. We have just completed our first 3 minute prototype for our experience.

Aim

Create an experience for the audience that encourages interaction, community, and love.

Our focus for this experience is really all about the audience. We want to send an overall message to the audience that says It’s good to feel the feels. There are a few elements that are special for our experience: voice overs, text, and colors.

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