[ISEA2009] Paper: Scott Hessels – Stories on the run: narrative structures for mobile cinema


In the past few years it has become clear that a new form of location-based cinema is emerging that combines visual storytelling with mobile technologies. The 2008 release of GPSFilm now provides the tools to create and view mobile cinema on 90% of the world’s mobile devices. GPSFilm is an open source application that makes it possible to use GPS coordinates to delineate ‘neighbourhoods’ and then associate video with each one. This new form of film-viewing experience uses the location and movement of the viewer to control the story; a movie is revealed by walking or riding through spaces. As content has begun being created for the system, further investigation into story structures for mobile cinema is now possible.

  • Scott Hessels School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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