Visual Scenario Representation in the Context of a Tool for Interactive Storytelling

  • Martyn Dade-Robertson
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-77039-8_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4871)
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Dade-Robertson M. (2007) Visual Scenario Representation in the Context of a Tool for Interactive Storytelling. In: Cavazza M., Donikian S. (eds) Virtual Storytelling. Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Storytelling. ICVS 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4871. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Tools, such as Macromedia Director and Flash which are commonly used in the development of interactive stories, are based upon linear means of representation i.e. timelines, reflecting their evolution from animation packages. In the development of INSCAPE, however, which is a tool dedicated to the creation of interactive stories, we have been able to readdress the notion of visual scenario representation for interactive stories through the development of a ‘Story Editor‘ component which acts as a means of organising story assets and presenting story structures as coherent patterns of information. This paper describes the process which has resulted in the development of a Story Editor component which will be released in INSCAPE’s Beta application at the end of 2007. It outlines the theoretical grounding of this work as well as providing a description of the design approach and its implications for the further development of interactive storytelling authoring tools.


INSCAPE Interactive Story Telling GUI Information Visualisation Topological Space Topographical Space 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martyn Dade-Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Grand Assembly Rooms, Kings Walk, NE1 7RUUK

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