Interactive Deep Dive

Creative partners

An independent research lab

for applied interactive story

with real-world applications

The Interactive Deep Dive is an independent research laboratory that will be based in Austin, Texas from August 2017 through April 2018. The Deep Dive will serve creative partners by conducting conducting research and creating prototypes in the field of applied interactive story. Programming includes monthly playtests, bi-monthly industry meetups, and culminates with a national showcase.

 

Interested in learning more about becoming a creative partner? Click here.

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Picture a team of 10 interdisciplinary artist/researchers pushing boundaries of interactive story–redefining the roles of audience, author, and technology. Imagine this team experimenting, playtesting, and creating interactive story prototypes for your organization’s applications. Now envision all of that without it costing you anything. Interested? Then you should consider becoming an creative partner of Interactive Deep Dive.

Top 5 reasons to become a creative partner

5.  You recognize the value of story and interactivity.
4.  You prefer leading over following when it comes to innovation.
3.  You have a vision for the future of story that pushes boundaries.
2.  You can benefit from having an R&D team that isn’t on your payroll.
1.  You want to create experiences that engage and empower participants.

Research Topics

Interactive acting
Interactive acting
The inter-actor's foundational skill set of acting, improvisation, story structure, social psychology, and technology
Movement-based interactive
Movement-based Interactive
Physical techniques and environmental design to elicit physical engagement and behaviors
Scripting interactive story
Scripting interactive story
New structures and processes to design and script spontaneous, user-driven stories
Dialogic templates
Dialogic templates
A "container-based" system for generating potent improvised and programmatic dialog
Analog & digital puppetry
Analog & digital puppetry
Character delivery with emotional responsiveness in physical and virtual worlds
Technology playtesting
Technology playtesting
New applications of cutting-edge technology for interactive story development
AI / EQ development
AI / EQ development
Systems for deep artificial intelligence integrated with emotional intelligence
Teaching interactive
Teaching interactive
Field-tested pedagogical methods for teaching the skills of interactive story
Interactive in VR/AR
Interactive in VR/AR
New design for interactive story structures in augmented and virtual reality environments

Programming

Playtests
Playtests

The artist/research team designs and produces monthly interactive experiences for community groups throughout Austin.

Workshops
Workshops

Workshops are offered for students and professionals, sharing the theory and techniques of interactive story design.

Prototypes
Prototypes

Creative partners see new applications of their cutting-edge technologies through custom-designed interactive story experiments.

Industry Meetups
Industry Meetups

Join the artist/research team and creative leaders interested in applied interactive story to pose research questions and learn the results of tests and experiments.

National Showcase
National Showcase

The Deep Dive culminates with a showcase presentation at a major festival presenting the innovations made with creative partners on a national stage.

The Interactive Deep Dive Advisory Board

The curriculum for the Interactive Deep Dive is designed with the advice and input of national leaders from across a spectrum of disciplines.

Become a creative partner

If your organization has an interest in exploring and prototyping interactive story for your application, project, or technology, contact us to learn how you can become a creative partner.

FAQ

As a creative partner, you identify areas of focus and research relevant to your applications and technologies that the Deep Dive artist/research team will explore during the course of this 9-month research lab. You are invited to see prototypes and playtests designed for your research questions, and receive the results of these explorations.

Jeff Wirth

Jeff Wirth directs the Interactive Deep Dive.  He is the Director of the Interactive PlayLab in New York City, where he conducts training, research, and prototype development in the field of interactive performance.  Jeff’s clients have included Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Disney Imagineering.  He authored the book, Interactive Acting, and has written and directed over 100 interactive narrative experiences.  Jeff served as the Director of the Interactive Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida for 10 years; his eclectic background also includes ballroom dancing, computer programming, and clowning for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The Deep Dive artist/research team is comprised of 10 multi-disciplinary, innovative, and driven individuals who are passionate about transforming the world through interactive story. Skill sets include VR, immersive entertainment, experience design, digital and event production, programming, improvisation, acting, and dance.

There is no cost to engage as a creative partner with the Interactive Deep Dive because the purpose of the Deep Dive is to conduct research and distribute knowledge about interactive story to organizations that will improve the world through its implementation.

For organizations that want to financially support the Deep Dive, we can accept tax-deductible donations.

The mission of the Interactive Deep Dive is to disseminate knowledge about applied interactive story to the world at large. That said, we also recognize that there are applications where confidentiality is important, so we can accommodate NDAs, when appropriate.

We’re happy to answer any question. Send us an email.

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