Based on my previous idea of Somatics and Mystery, I decided to build on possible plot points that could help work out the narrative interaction. However, there are definitely changes from the previous ideas.
Building on Idea 1 – Somatics
As stated in the previous post – I was spurred by building awareness of others around you, gaining empathy and intuition. I also had several ideas to execute: Character(main or secondary) could be in a plight that we often don’t experience/know little about Garner real-life stories as source of inspiration – Several friends in healthcare industry talked about impacting others’ lives by the little things you do (this could perhaps be a way to raise awareness too)
Therefore, I am inspired by real-life examples. Also, I wanted the element of the choices – and in real-life it usually comes from the “What-ifs”. Going by the idea of dreams, I read this wonderful article regarding how this man had a dream to be a pilot, but he gave it up to continue his father’s legacy in Nasi Lemak business: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/piloting-a-nasi-lemak-business
He chose his family over his personal dream. What if he chose to follow his dream, what could have happened then, to his family and to himself? These possible life outcomes could be the branching narrative, a path explored whereby the protagonist did not choose but could have been. Definitely, there will be a mix of fiction and non-fiction, but the context stays grounded to reality.
Act 1 – Establish his dream, his life where he juggles between helping out his father in the business plus study for his future dream career
Act 2 – Choice of the major dilemma – Family or his personal dream
Act 3 – Based on the choice made, the different life choices affect the life story vastly
To execute this, we will need to interview highlighted people and work closely with them to bring their story to life.
Intended takeaway from narrative: Feel empathetic to others, raise awareness and also help people understand others. Explore social stigma
Inspirations: High rise – Out the Window
Interface: 360 VR Video, with various plot points that could cause branching narrative (Point and click)
Building on Idea 2 – Mystery
This would be a completely fictional, imaginative premise for the interactive narrative.
Possible structure could be a murder story – Starting from a normal setting, e.g. town/school then the sudden murder of a friend. As the main character, your choices can prevent it – revolve around how to go about save this friend. Resolution, good or bad based on the choices made.
The other structure could be more of a dark mystery story (The Unknown) and ideally to contain the element of playing mind games (e.g. plot twist). The classic structure could be escaping a room, survival depends on the choices again.
Inspirations: Gone Home, The Call of Cthulhu