Deliverable #1: Film/Vignettes

To demonstrate this alternate reality we decided to give people an introduction to our society and a scenario of who they are and we film their reactions and perceptions about their life in this reality. It allows these people to think critically about the society we made as well as create ideas and perspectives more naturally rather than acting from a script.

These are the three scenarios we came up with below:

INTRODUCTION

INDEX the alternate reality

You live in a world similar to ours, an alternate reality based on the Roald Dahl quote:

“Every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

A society that perceives people internally, with thoughts formed through intention and will, rather than externally from their mannerisms and appearance.

HOW IT WORKS

In this society everyone wears a thin bracelet that has two sets of 10 lights. One set of lights measure a person’s positive or negative thoughts while the second set displays a person’s positive or negative intentions. The wristbands also affects people chemically. It induces something of a ‘magnetic push and pull’. If a person is good, you are more attracted to them (pull), if a person is bad you are less attracted to them (push). This system is called The Index, or Index

SOCIETY

Society is split into four major caste systems. 1. Good with Good Intentions 2. Good with Bad Intentions 3. Bad with Good Intentions 4. Bad with Bad Intentions

Before you are 18 it is your opportunity to learn the rights and wrongs of society. Once you are 18 it is your duty to get a wristband. When you are 18 you are responsible for yourself, you are your own guardian. You receive it when you’re younger if you a commit a serious crime or it has been ruled by a Jury or Judge. You also receive it if your younger and become emancipated.

You may be judged on intentions if you have committed something “wrong and bad” or “right and good” in a court of law.

SCENARIO #1

You’re a week away from your 18th birthday. In one week you have to start wearing Index. You’ve decided to try all the things you’ve always wanted to before you get your ‘scales’

  • What did you do?
  • What do you want to do?
  • What was your bucket list?
  • What couldn’t you do?
  • What are you afraid of about the Index?
  • What do your parents think of the Index?
  • Do you have any friends who already have it?
  • How’s do you think your relationships will change when you do get it?
  • How do you feel about seeing some of your older friends’ index, have you had awkward experiences?
  • What do your older friends say about it?
  • Are you going to celebrate getting the Index?
  • What do you think about the index?

SCENARIO #2 Part 1

You were highschool sweethearts and decided to get married 6 months after you both received your index. You’ve been married for a year and everything seemed fine before, but now you’re struggling with the index. You find it hard to watch your wife’s intentions, it no longer seems genuine when she speaks to you. You even sometimes get jealous that she usually always seems have a higher ‘goodness’ score.

  • How do you feel about your wife?
  • Do you like knowing her intentions?
  • How does it affect how you’re intimate with her?
  • What do they do that bothers you the most that you can’t hide?
  • What do you wish you could not see? What do you hate knowing?
  • How was it different before the index?
  • Do you go to couples counseling?
  • Do you think you think you could ever have kids?
  • What would you change about the index ?
  • Do you think you’re wife judges you because of your lower index number?
  • What do you think about the index?

SCENARIO #2 Part 2

You were highschool sweethearts and decided to get married 6 months after you both received your index. You’ve been married for a year and everything seemed fine before, but now you’re struggling with the index. You find it hard to watch your husband’s intentions when he speaks to you and after work he finishes a day of work. You even sometimes are disappointed that he usually isn’t as good as you’d hope he would or could be.

  • How do you feel about your husband?
  • Do you like knowing his intentions?
  • How does it affect how you’re intimate with him?
  • What do they do that bothers you the most that you can’t hide?
  • What do you wish you could not see? What do you hate knowing?
  • How was it different before the index?
  • Do you go to couples counseling?
  • Do you think you think you could ever have kids?
  • What would you change about the index?
  • What do you think about the index?

SCENARIO #3

You are a judge. You do good with good intentions, but you used to be a bad person with good intentions. You changed your life around and became a judge. You constantly question your work between what’s right and what’s wrong and you often argue with other judges about what’s right and wrong. You are critical of the index system, but you know of nothing else, it’s how you’ve always lived. You often argue with other judges about right and wrong.

You are currently involved in a case where someone has committed a crime, but had good intentions. In your day to day work it’s a fairly small case. A mother stole $30 food at the local trader joes to supply her three kids with their first meal in two days. She robbed the store by sneaking the food into her clothing and walking out.

  • How have the police been investigating, are you satisfied with the investigation?
  • Did you look into her past? What did you find out?
  • How do you plan on ruling
  • How do you feel about rulings with good intentions?
  • How do you feel about rulings with bad intentions?
  • Do you agree with the system? What do some of the other judges say?
  • What angers you most about the judicial system?
  • Do you think the society is too strict or not strict enough on people with good intentions?
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