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Mobile Urban Drama - Interactive Storytelling in Real World Environments

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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
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNew Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia
Vol/bind18
Nummer1-2
Sider (fra-til)63-89
Antal sider26
ISSN1361-4568
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2012

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