TRAVEL THROUGH TIME: RECREATING THE CLASSIC SHORT LA JETÉE AS A VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

Inger Cecilie Levy, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Norwegian Film School

How to engage the viewer in a VR narrative: An exploration of VR storytelling tools, using the 1962 science fiction featurette La Jetée (The Jetty) by Chris Marker as an object of analysis and investigation. The final objective of this project is to translate story elements and structures from this film into an experimental and artistically reimagined VR production.

For this research proposal I intend to combine my experience as a screenwriter for classic cinema with new insights into VR storytelling. I will explore a series of questions and challenges that arise when a classic narrative is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) experience. I will discuss issues of viewpoint, the role of the protagonist, the mechanisms of empathy, the ‘Swayze effect’ and presence to narrow down a starting point for the research. Finally, I will present a brief discussion of the film La Jetée as a research object, and how I intend to translate story elements from this movie into VR.

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