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Lost Cause: an interactive movie project

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One of the challenges in designing an interactive cinematic experience is to offer interactive choices which do not distract from immersion into the story. The interactive movie project, Lost Cause focuses on the life of the main character explored through the inter-related perspectives of three other characters. Lost Cause supports an immersive interactive story experience through its correlated design of an interface, narrative content and narrative structure. The movie project is examined from several theoretical perspectives: cinematic roots, narrative construction, interface design, and interactive experience. This analysis reveals critical insights into database narrative structure, interface, agency and immersion. The design of Lost Cause was analyzed through a user study to observe how viewer interpretation and experience affected immersion into the story. The results from this study suggest the overall design is effective and provides various degrees of viewer immersion through the different techniques used.
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