CHAPTER  21

Interactive Cinema

Movie stories traditionally follow a linear path, and movie-going has always been a passive experience, so how do you open up a movie to a nonlinear narrative and give the audience a dynamic way to interact with it?

What is “group-based interactivity” and how does it fit into an interactive movie experience?

How is it similar to or different from multi-user interactivity found in such areas as MMOGs and iTV?

What narrative models are being used for small-screen interactive movies?

HOLD THE POPCORN!

Consider these three movie scenarios:

•  An astroscientist, on a return trip from Mars, is struck by a mysterious and life-threatening illness after her space ship collides with some debris in outer space.

•  An emotional ...

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