Thursday, 16 Dec, 2010 Offbeat

Israeli Researcher Creates Interactive Touchscreen Film


This year's technical innovation award at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival was given to a movie developed Prof. Nitzan Ben Shaul from the Tel Aviv University.

The movie is called Turbulence and it focuses around three Israeli friends who for the first time in 20 years meet together in Manhattan. But this is not an ordinary film - at key moments in the movie, the viewer can see certain "action items" appear on the screen. For example, in one scene a character can send a short message and his cell phone starts glowing. If the viewer wants him to send the message he or she simply touches the glowing phone on their personal touchscreen.

Besides being able to choose the next part of the story, viewers can also choose to go back to a certain moment in the movie and select another variant of the scenario. The movie lasts 83 minutes without any interaction. In case of interaction the film can last from 1 to 2 hours.

The movie can be played on a personal computer, touchscreen devices or personal airplane movie player, repost Gizmag.

Ben Shaul said that Sliding Doors and Run Lola Run were the movies that inspired him, making him contemplate about life and the options it offers at certain moments. At the same time he mentioned that these movies "don't let you experience what responsibility feels like at crucial decision points."

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