nm2: new millennium, new media <visit nm2 website>
Four experimental interactive productions, Gods in the Sky Choice, Cambridge City Symphony, Gormenghast Explore and RuneCast, were researched, developed and produced at DIGIS as pilot demonstrators for interactive production and delivery software developed in the Integrated Project, New Millennium/New Media (NM2), partially funded by the European 6th Framework Programme (Information Society Technologies: Cross-media content for leisure and entertainment). The prototypes were made for delivery over broadband to platforms from the big screen through interactive TV and entertainment centres to handheld devices.
Cambridge International Film Festival, 2007: ‘The Festival is delighted to premiere such high quality, original interactive work.’ (Tony Jones, Festival Director). ‘Very exciting - great potential for a user-based approach to cinema, TV and entertainment-based learning’ ‘Great approach to storytelling - the market craves such engaging new offerings.’
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.