1. I will start with photographs of kids playing in a schoolyard, and with ambient noise of laughter, talking, and other recess sounds. Eventually the noise will turn into silence and then music (dramatic) with a picture of a group staring at an odd one out. Then I will start speaking the story in the form of answers to questions. I will indicate that this takes place in Paris rather than say it anywhere.
Storyline: So what?
1. Through the absurdity and hilarity of questions posed to me by French kids about being a New York City kid, I became self-aware about my identity as an American. I have a soundtrack in mind for the background.
2. At first I answered the questions honestly, perplexed by the ridiculous questions. Over time, I had fun with these questions because they were directed only at me, even though I was being asked about New York City as a whole, and occasionally, about the United States as a whole.
3. The piece will have a pivot point when I start answering questions ironically. I will edit the set of accompanying images for this section, and instead of a real picture of New York, I will place a red apple on top of the Empire State Building. I will repeat some of the same images with small edits. The music for this section will be quick-paced, playful, and a little crazy, with a jazzy undertone. I may add sound effects.
4. Towards the end, the storyline will change to my reflections (with more showing than telling, hopefully) about being an American versus a French person.