Environmental Storytelling and Interactive Narrative Design in Immersive Virtual Landscapes

Authors: Susan Bergeron*, Coastal Carolina University
Topics: Landscape, Historical Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: immersion, virtual landscapes, geovisualization, environmental storytelling
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bourbon Room, Astor, Mezzanine
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This paper will discuss the continuing development of Virtual Hampton as an immersive virtual landscape exploration platform for Hampton Plantation, one of a complex of well-known rice plantations along the South Santee River and now a South Carolina State Park and Historic Site. The completed first-phase prototype of the immersive landscape platform included the virtual recreation of the early 19th-century topography, plantation structures and rice fields, as well as demonstrations of the embedded media content that provides historical, cultural, and physical geographic information about select features within the recreated landscape.

The second phase, currently underway, is focused on the development of the spatial narrative elements that present the intertwined stories of the people who lived and worked at Hampton Plantation and the natural landscape they inhabited. Utilizing environmental storytelling techniques centered around a series of short vignettes or episodes, the interactive narrative design of Virtual Hampton will utilize a combination of object discovery, embedded popups to present audio, video, images, animations, and text narrative elements that enhance a user’s explorative experience with the historical, archaeological, ethnographic and other scholarly information that inform our knowledge of Hampton’s past cultural landscapes.

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