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JUNGLE: An Interactive Visual Platform for Collaborative Creation and Consumption of Nonlinear Transmedia Stories

  • Mubasir KapadiaEmail author
  • Carlos Manuel Muniz
  • Samuel S. Sohn
  • Ye Pan
  • Sasha Schriber
  • Kenny Mitchell
  • Markus Gross
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11869)

Abstract

JUNGLE is an interactive, visual platform for the collaborative manipulation and consumption of nonlinear transmedia stories. Intuitive visual interfaces encourage JUNGLE users to explore vast libraries of story worlds, expand existing stories, or conceive of entirely original story worlds. JUNGLE stories utilize multiple media forms including videos, images, and text, and accommodate branching narrative outcomes. We extensively evaluate Jungle using a focused small-scale study and free-form large-scale study with careful protection of study participant privacy. In the small-scale study, users found JUNGLE ’s features to be versatile, engaging, and intuitive for discovering new content. In the large-scale study, 354 subjects tested JUNGLE in a realistic 45-day scenario. We find that users collaborated on story worlds incorporating various forms of media in multiple (on average two) possible story paths. In particular, we find through initial observations that JUNGLE can evoke creativity: traditionally passive consumers gradually transition into active content creators. Supplementary videos showcasing the JUNGLE system and hypothetical example stories authored using JUNGLE independently hosted here and here.

Keywords

Storytelling Story authoring Nonlinear transmedia stories 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Kapadia has been funded in part by NSF IIS-1703883 and NSF S&AS-1723869. Many additional colleagues served in the development of this study, including Max Grosse, Rebekkah Laeuchi, David Sinclair, Isa Simo, Mark Miller, Soheyon Jeong, Adriano Galati, Maria Cabral, Barbara Solenthaler, Miquel Farre, Samir Mahmalat, Roberto Sousa, Nam Wook Kim, Tanja Kaser, Ancona Marco, Alesia Marra, Maggie Kosek, Maurizio Nitti, Klinger Severin, Anslem Grundhofer, Peter Kaufmann, Hanspeter Pfister, and Bob Sumner. We thank Wikimedia with images sourced as either public domain or under creative common license with attribution. Photographers include Magnus Manske, Christian Madison, Ed Yourdon, Sardaka, Puram Yun, and Pepe Robles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mubasir Kapadia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos Manuel Muniz
    • 1
  • Samuel S. Sohn
    • 1
  • Ye Pan
    • 2
  • Sasha Schriber
    • 2
  • Kenny Mitchell
    • 2
    • 3
  • Markus Gross
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Disney ResearchPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Edinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  4. 4.ETH ZurichZürichSwitzerland

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