Mission:Escape is an iPhone application that puts you in the shoes of a big screen secret agent in the midst of a heart-pounding car chase by providing an adaptive score and interactive sound effects. Simply put, the app responds to your driving, creating a truly custom experience that has only been seen in video games but has never been adapted to real life in this way.
How It Works
For example, if you are at a stop light, the music is calm and there are only a few sound effects playing. Once you accelerate and get some speed, the music seamlessly transitions from calm to exciting cinematic action music as sound effects of enemies and messages from "home base" start to pour in. If you turn, the music transitions into a different theme and a sound effect is played to simulate a majestic tire-screeching turn. Once you draw to a stop again, after presumably shaking off the baddies, the sound effects transform from explosions, enemy fire and home base orders into a less frantic environment as the score seamlessly and musically comes down to its tranquil state. Every one of the movements done in your car is reflected through sound and an evolution in the music, and this is what gives you the rare opportunity to truly feel inside a thrilling action film.
Even though the app is currently working, the music has been finished, and the essential development has been done, there are still a few things we need to accomplish before we can call this a finished product. Your funding will help us purchase high quality sound effects, record the voice tracks with professional voice actors, get additional audio software to make the score more involving, polish the visuals through a professional graphic design studio, and finish the last steps of programming, which have to do with social network compatibility, graphics integration, and testing.
Even tough there will be no physical interaction necessary for the application to work, we want to share some images of the app with you. The following are the visuals that still need to be polished by a professional graphic design studio (which your funding will help us do), and also included is a visual representation of what's going on "under the hood" of the application itself (modeled in FMOD but implemented through 100% custom coding in XCode).
Being a film and video game composer and a true fan of film scores, my car is permanently loaded with different soundtrack CD's. On one particular occasion, I was driving while listening to the 007:Quantum Of Solace soundtrack. As I drove around the calm Chico, California streets, I noticed I was actually excited about driving, which was odd because I was going about 25 mph. I then realized that I got that slight adrenaline rush from being behind the wheel AND listening to David Arnold's exciting and modern score to Bond's most recent movie. That realization led to a question: What if there was something that could create a custom score to the way you are driving to make that experience even more thrilling and involving? And immediately, I thought of the iPhone; the perfect device to acquire user interaction and turn those actions into reactions. Being a composer and having wanted to create an app of my own, I decided to embark on this exciting journey to create this application.
I'd like to give special thanks to a few people that helped make this video and this app what it is and will be. Thank you Andrea Macias-Jimenez for filming and editing the wonderfully exciting experience demonstration video. Thank you Kaitlyn Hill for helping me film the "interview" part of the video, for putting up with my endless screw-ups while trying to talk to the camera and for being ever-supportive of my crazy ideas. Thank you Fernando Macias-Garza for single-handedly programming the whole app, figuring out how to make every one of my detailed demands work, and for being so patient. Thank you to Adriana Pacheco for letting me borrow her beautiful car for the demonstration video and for being such great support throughout this whole process. Thank you Jesus Sainz and Agustin R. Michel from Undertow Graphic Workshop for the brilliant logo and all the upcoming visuals for the app. And last but not least, thank you to the rest of my family for being such great support and to everyone who has encouraged me to make this happen. Big thank you to all of you!
This application can become very involving. We know that driving is a serious matter, so we urge the users of the app to obey all traffic laws, and be aware of their surroundings and other drivers at all times. This app works perfectly within the speed limit and WILL NOT work better or do more things by driving faster or driving recklessly. In fact, there will be a feature built in that will alert you if you are going above the speed limit and will automatically turn the app off if you keep speeding. There will be options to turn down the volume or turn off the sound effects and voice over tracks if desired in case they become too much of a distraction for a particular user. There will be no need for the user to physically interact with the application or the device after the application has been started, and the the application will only be able to start when the user is stationary.