Mobile Urban Drama - Interactive Storytelling in Real World Environments

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

This article presents methods and tools for producing location-based Mobile Urban Dramas. In a Mobile Urban Drama, the user becomes the main character in a play that is presented as a multimedia production (through audio, images, animations and videos) on the user's mobile phone and in the physical surroundings. The media files are linked via tags (2D barcodes/RFID) or GPS to the real world set as the stage of the drama. The dramaturgical concept is described, and a narrative architecture is introduced. It supports a rich variety of plot graphs implemented in a software framework that supports producing Mobile Urban Dramas. Dramas produced with the framework may span from pure art pieces to structured learning experiences, for example, biology learning framed in a thriller. Experiences from six dramas produced with the framework by a Danish theatre group are discussed. The results are general findings on the concept, the narrative structure, scenographic effects and tools for technical production
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia
Journal publication year2012
Volume18
Issue1-2
Pages63-89
Number of pages26
ISSN1361-4568
DOIs
StatePublished

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