MISER: Mise-En-Scene Region Support for Staging Narrative Actions in Interactive Storytelling

Jamie Matthews, Fred Charles, Julie Porteous, Alexandra Mendes

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Abstract

The recent increase in interest in Interactive Storytelling systems, spurred on by the emergence of affordable virtual reality technology, has brought with it a need to address the way in which narrative content is visualized through the complex staging of multiple narrative agents' behaviors within virtual story worlds. In this work we address the challenge of automating several aspects of staging the activities of a population of narrative agents and their interactions, where agents can have diverging levels of narrative relevance within the situated narrative actions. Our solution provides an approach that integrates the use of multiple dynamic regions within a virtual story world, specified via a semantic representation that is able to support the staging of narrative actions through the behaviors of the primary and back- ground agents' that are involved. This encompasses both the mechanics of dealing with the narrative discourse level as well as the interaction with the narrative generation layer to account for any dynamic modifications of the virtual story world. We refer to this approach as mise-en-scene region (miser) support. In this paper, we describe our approach and its integration as part of a fully implemented Interactive Storytelling system. We illustrate the work through detailed examples of short narrative instantiations. We present the results of our evaluation which clearly demonstrate the potential of the miser approach, as well as its scalability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems
PublisherACM
Pages782-790
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2017
Event16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Duration: 8 May 201712 May 2017

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Abbreviated titleAAMAS 2017
CountryBrazil
CitySao Paulo
Period8/05/1712/05/17

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    Matthews, J., Charles, F., Porteous, J., & Mendes, A. (2017). MISER: Mise-En-Scene Region Support for Staging Narrative Actions in Interactive Storytelling. In Proceedings of the 16th Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (pp. 782-790). ACM.