Gormenghast Explore

(Executive Producer/Interactive Dramaturge: Maureen Thomas; Research Assistant: Phillip Prager; Music Preparation: Kariina Gretere Supervising Producer/ Interaction & Interface Designer: Ludvig Lohse; Producer/ Interaction & Interface Designer/ Editor: Julia Sussner)

Gormenghast Explore is an interactive, spatially-organised dramatisation of BBC TV's ‘Gormenghast’ (from Mervyn Peake's novels) which develops a completely new interactive media content format. Visitors explore the 3D environment of Gormenghast Castle to trigger the video movie stories of the characters who inhabit it, freshly reconfigured in real time at every visit.

'Goes beyond the highly interactive gaming environment on the one hand and lineally presented drama on the other… The spatial organisation of the narrative is a leap forward from interactive projects on the Web and TV which use page-based metaphors.’

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.

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