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Storyboarding the Virtuality: Methods and Best Practices to Depict Scenes and Interactive Stories in Virtual and Mixed Reality

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Storyboarding is a cinematic prototyping technique to visualize settings, event sequences, dialogues & character depictions. Interactive VR/MR experiences benefit from storyboarding as part of the creation process, yet free movement & immersive 3D introduce challenges. Techniques to visualize 3D settings are explored with methods to conduct traditional storyboarding while requiring multiple viewpoints within a single timestep are elaborated. This is possible w/ perspective scene views. Even with 3D prototyping tools, it is important to maintain practices which optimize VR storyboarding and maintain spatial efficiency, allow storyboards to be hand drawn and be intuitive to read. A powerful solution is to bind several perspectives together to represent a specific time while reverting to a traditional single viewpoint when not necessary, therefore balancing three dimensionality, spatial efficiency & ease of creation.


  • Storyboarding
  • Virtual reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Prototyping
  • Scripting
  • Interactive design
  • Immersive simulation

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Talbot, T.B., Thiry, K.E., Jenkins, M. (2020). Storyboarding the Virtuality: Methods and Best Practices to Depict Scenes and Interactive Stories in Virtual and Mixed Reality. In: Ahram, T., Falcão, C. (eds) Advances in Usability, User Experience, Wearable and Assistive Technology. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1217. Springer, Cham.

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