Gods in the Sky Choice
(Executive Producer/Interactive Dramaturge: Maureen Thomas; Producer/ Interaction & Interface Designer/Editor: Ludvig Lohse) (150 min. footage produced by WagTV originally televised on Channel 4 as 3 linear episodes)
Gods in the Sky Choice is an experimental interactive documentary on the science and mythology of ancient cultures - including dance and puppet-drama - prototyping a new format and interaction concept. Using a remote-control, viewers select 'Sit-back Entertainment', 'Education' or 'Information' mode, selecting topic, depth and length, for a fresh programme at each selection, edited in real time. You choose.
‘Really brilliant … opens up a new form of fun, flexible future TV, which fits the needs of people nowadays, who grow up with interactive environments, such as internet surfing and game playing.’
See: Lohse, Ludvig, Sussner, Julia and Thomas, Maureen. 2007. 'Gormenghast Explore: Interactive TV Drama'. Artur Lugmayr & Piotr Golebiowski(ed.) Interactive TV: A Shared Personal Experience. TICSP Adjunct Proceedings of EuroITV 2007, 181-182. Tampere: Tampere International Center for Signal Processing.
Sussner, Julia, Thomas, Maureen and Richens, Paul. 2006. 'Patterning reconfigurable narrative: interactive cinema as architectural elevation within 3D interactive digital environments' Digital Creativity, 17.4 pp 243-256.
Lohse, Ludvig and Thomas, Maureen. 2005. 'Storytelling for the Small Screen: Traditional TV vs. Interactive Entertainment - Authoring and Producing Reconfigurable Screen Narrative for sit-back Enjoyment', and Sussner, Julia and Thomas, Maureen. 2005. 'Interactivity and Digital Environments: Designing a Storymap for Gormenghast Explore'. in Lecture Notes on Computer Science vol. 3805. TIDSE (Technologies for Interactive Digital Storytelling and Entertainment) Proceedings: Virtual Storytelling 2005. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.