Storytelling for Virtual Reality: Methods and Principles for Crafting Immersive Narratives

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Taylor & Francis, Jul 6, 2017 - Computers - 334 pages

Storytelling for Virtual Reality serves as a bridge between students of new media and professionals working between the emerging world of VR technology and the art form of classical storytelling. Rather than examining purely the technical, the text focuses on the narrative and how stories can best be structured, created, and then told in virtual immersive spaces. Author John Bucher examines the timeless principles of storytelling and how they are being applied, transformed, and transcended in Virtual Reality. Interviews, conversations, and case studies with both pioneers and innovators in VR storytelling are featured, including industry leaders at LucasFilm, 20th Century Fox, Oculus, Insomniac Games, and Google.

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Contents

1 A New Reality and How We Got Here
1
2 A Stone Bridge Covered in Microchips
28
3 Science and Technology behind Storytelling
45
4 Storytelling Principles for Immersive Space
80
5 Designing an Immersive Narrative
93
6 Characters in VR
133
7 Creating Narrative Structures
158
Interviews and Case Studies
196
Glossary
309
Index
323
About the Author
333
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John Bucher is an award-winning writer and narrative consultant based out of Los Angeles, California. He is a regular contributor to VirtualRealityPop.com, LA-Screenwriter.com, HBO.com, and MovieMaker Magazine. He co-hosts The Inside Out Story Podcast, The Westworld Watch Podcast, and currently teaches at the LA Film Studies Center, where he leads courses in Virtual Reality storytelling and filmmaking. A popular speaker, John has given talks on five continents regarding story, technology, and art. He is completing a PhD in mythology and depth psychology and is the author of several books including Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code For Writing in the New World of Media, Storytelling By the Numbers, and The Inside Out Story. He can be found on-line at his site, tellingabetterstory.com, and on social media @johnkbucher.

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