What is Confessional?
Confessional is a pilot series filmed for HBO. It is a social experiment for the modern age where real people share their stories with an artificially intelligent being. Our objective is to explore the way people interact with technology.
What exactly is the booth?
The booth is a man-made structure that we created. It has four walls and a bench that can seat two people; you may choose to enter alone or with one other person. An artificial intelligence program designed to listen to your emotional responses will be waiting as you enter. A microphone will be above you and cameras will be located behind the walls.
What if I am not comfortable answering a question?
You can refuse to answer a question at any time. We wish to maintain a comfortable and safe environment for all participants.
I want to share my story, but I do not wish to incriminate myself or any other parties.
Your confession will remain completely anonymous; you will be identified only by a first name. Names of friends, family, coworkers, etc. can be omitted or changed to protect their privacy. This is your story, you choose what you wish to reveal.
Once I have entered the booth, will I be on the show?
Not every story will be chosen to appear on the pilot. We are looking for interesting, gut-wrenching tales so be sure to come prepared with some unique experiences.
Will I be paid for this?
Entering the booth alone does not guarantee payment. If your confession is chosen to appear on the show you will receive an honorarium.
OK, I’m onboard, now what do I have to do?
The first step is to click Request a Confession on the Get Involved page above. Select which dates, times and locations work for you, be sure to check all that apply. Once you have submitted, we will be in touch to schedule a time to meet you. This meeting will determine whether or not you are the right fit for the show. If chosen, we will schedule you in based on the dates, times and locations you selected.