NAME: The Trip
DESCRIPTION: This transmedia project is based on the encounter the Kissinger Twins had with Jack Torrance while on holidays in the American Samoa. The 80-year-old man claimed to be the mastermind behind one of the biggest hoaxes of the 20th century: the landing on the moon. His elaborate story inspired the duo to start a new project around it, The Trip. Eleven chapters take us through the mysterious life of Jack Torrance. Glitchy public domain footage illustrate the story while the music by Smolik emphasizes the immersive experience. The Trip is available on multiple formats. The interactive film was designed to run smoothly on desktop computers and the iPad. The other formats include a 10-minute movie available on VHS, as well as a vinyl and CD of the soundtrack by Smolik and large scale photographs.
AMUSEMENT RATE: The Kissinger Twins were never able to find back Jack Torrance, adding even more mystery to an already quite opaque story. We will never know if he was a mad man or of a forgotten genius but he did play a central part in shaping this great project. The transmedia approach adopted by the two directors lets the viewer experience the movie in many different ways. The various formats are also slightly ironic. They indicate a critical posture towards technology (the movie presented as a VHS) which goes along Jack Torrance’s view on our modern society.