All action in the film will fit into one of the following sequences:
From her college dorm room in Maryland, Kristi interacts with her friends through a Radiohead message board.
Kristi flies to California to meet her friends and make new ones at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Kristi and thousands of other fans watch Radiohead perform live at the Festival.
Kristi returns to Maryland and reunites with her friends online.
These sequences will be heavily supported and tied together by interviews with Kristi and the people she meets, including - possibly - the members of Radiohead. The sequences will also be tied together stylistically through a unique combination of video and audio effects which will emphasize the often artificial boundaries we draw around what we objectively believe to be true and false. As we color in these artificial boundaries, a picture develops. We will show how Kristi's picture - of her friends, the band, and herself - develops over the course of a single weekend.
We will use color and movement in digital photos, video, and animation to illustrate the changes which occur in one individualÕs perception of her world. Within the medium of digital video, will explore the following visual styles:
1. The visibility of our characters, prior to meeting in person, is minimal. You will come to know Kristi through her voice and words, pieces of photographs and hand-drawn animation. Just like her online persona, she will literally be a representation of herself. You wonÕt see her until the other characters do.
2. The filmmakers are present throughout the film. Since the film is essentially about us as much as it is about our leading character, it makes sense that the filmmakers are present throughout the narrative, even if only minimally, through the use of a second camera and behind the scenes action.
3. The theme of communication connects our characters to each other. Internet communication essentially removes the two main obstacles that traditionally keep people apart: time and distance. We will represent this absence of time and distance, and the theme of communication in general, through the use of text, color, and movement on the screen.
In this film, we will explore the distinctions which are drawn between what is 'real' and what is 'unreal.' We will portray these distinctions through the unconventional use of sound.
1. The words of our characters are most often written or seen, rather than spoken or heard, but that does not make them any less authentic. Although we will conduct extensive interviews with Kristi, we will not necessarily include these interviews in the form of pure voice over. We will instead use a combination of text, audio, and imagery as KristiÕs voice, until she meets her friends in person.
2. The filmmakers are the narrator(s). Our film is a vehicle to tell this story, but it is also a documentation of our own experience. We are not only following KristiÕs journey, but sharing her experience along the way.
3. Music is an essential part of the structure and content of our film. Music is what brought our characters together. It is what draws them to meet in person in California. This story wouldnÕt exist if not for the music of Radiohead, and therefore their music will be a crucial component of our film. We feel that the following three musical elements (or some combination thereof) would provide an ideal soundtrack to our film:
Rare and unreleased tracks: These are the songs that our audience and our characters, the most devoted fans, know and love. They identify with these songs and feel connected to them on a personal level.
The Coachella performance: Kristi and her friends are traveling thousands of miles to see this performance together. It represents both the beginning and, possibly, the end of their short-lived experience together.
Loopholes: The loophole competition provided a direct link between the music of Radiohead and the creative talents of their audience. Radiohead's music and art both inspires their fans and engages their imaginations, encouraging them to be more than consumers of Ôentertainment' and to actively respond in turn through the creation of their own work. In this sense the relation between the band and its audience is more akin to conversation than to passive consumption. Our film is also a product of this creative conversation, and we feel that the loophole submissions and winners would be a fitting soundtrack.