In the world of film and storytelling, knowing how to write and structure a film script is the key to creating one of the most engaging experiences viewers can ever enjoy. As such, it’s important to stay on top of new media and trends that sit within the industry in order to create something truly spectacular.
Let’s take a look at some of these trends so we can help you write a better movie script for the virtual world. Immerse yourself and let yourself be immersed.
1. Imagine and experience the world
A Metaverse platform allows you to immerse yourself in another world, literally. The thing is, you’re now seeing the world in a full 360 degrees, not just a preset camera angle the director has chosen.
So how do you approach this? Well, you have to give the viewer enough time to absorb the environment and understand where they are. However, just because the viewer has 360 degrees of freedom doesn’t mean they have to take up the entire “screen”.
Instead, focus on events the way they would naturally occur in the real world, and be sure to draw the viewer’s attention elsewhere with the help of audio queues, just like a modern play would.
2. Agency and interaction
Movies are generally a passive form of entertainment, in the sense that most of the input a user has is pausing, fast-forwarding, or rewinding. However, with the metaverse, things can change drastically. For example, you can allow the viewer to pick up the phone if it is ringing.
Make the viewer part of the story, make them feel like they are actually experiencing the movie, not just watching it. Think of your VR movie like you would an immersive movie theater experience. Also, you can make the script focus on a group of people who are spectators and actors at the same time. Basically, you can try to gamify your movie to make it as immersive as possible.
3. Field of vision and point of view
As mentioned above, the viewing range can be increased up to 360 degrees. However, depending on the type of experience you’re creating, you’ll want to set the field of view to a certain point where the viewer can see everything important without wanting to move their head too much.
As for the point of view, you can go for a traditional first-person view if you want the viewer to feel like they are part of the work, or you can go for a third-person view if you want to give the viewer a more traditional cinematic experience. These creative options can be changed on a scene-by-scene basis to spice things up.
Other things to keep in mind
It’s important to keep in mind the fact that even if you’re writing a movie, the metaverse is a very real and gamified medium. You should take notes from video games from the past that tried to simulate the same experience.
Notable titles to learn include World of Warcraft, Second Life, The Sims, and Animal Crossing, just to name a few. The bottom line is that you need to gamify, gamify, gamify as much as possible to make it feel like something new, not just shoot a movie with a VR camera and be done with it.
The bottom line
Scripting for the metaverse instead of a classic movie format is intriguing, to say the least. You will be able to experiment with all kinds of new techniques aimed at involving the viewer in the experience as much as possible.
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