Below, The Fourth Dimension film brief as written by project director Eddy Moretti, executive vice president of Vice Media, Inc.  

Dear director from another land, here are your instructions:

  • This film must be the best film you have ever made.
  • It should blur the line between what is real and what is fake.
  • We must never know “the truth.”
  • We need to be shown things we have never been shown before.
  • We need to go places that we may not have been before.
  • You need to take us to a different world, an unknown world.
  • You cannot be afraid. Be bold.
  • The hero needs to be bold. Bold in an unexpected way.
  • The hero also has to be flawed.
  • The hero must never appear to be a “hero.”
  • The hero must have greatness thrust upon him or her.
  • The hero must have a missing tooth.
  • The hero tells bad jokes. But they’re good.
  • The hero needs to believe in something so deeply that nothing else matters.
  • The hero needs to be independent.
  • Eccentrics are good.
  • People with “too much character” are good.
  • People who live outside the mainstream are good.
  • People who look a different way are good.
  • People who move a different way are good.
  • Stray dogs are good. They can be really meaningful.
  • There needs to be music playing within the scene.
  • Someone must sing a song that is completely made up.
  • There needs to be a character named “Mickey House.”
  • There needs to be love.
  • Someone should wear tap shoes.
  • A stuffed animal needs to make an appearance.
  • You must try to make this film look very beautiful.
  • The director must direct one scene from the film with a blindfold on over his or her eyes.
  • We will choose that scene.
  • We will film the director while he or she is directing that scene.
  • We must hear someone tell a great story.
  • The story must be something that has actually happened to the writer/director in real life, something that they have never revealed to anyone else.
  • A character must say “Don’t worry, I’m sure you will survive.”
  • We need to see what the sky looks like where you are filming.
  • This is really important: you must refer to the “Fourth Dimension.”
  • And you must show us a glimpse of this “Fourth Dimension.”
  • It should challenge our commonly held assumptions of what the “Fourth Dimension” is.
  • Director, your audience must walk away while transformed, transfixed, excited and even afraid of their own potential as human beings.
  • Catch lightening in a bottle.
  • Give us magic. Director, you cannot fail. We’re all behind you.