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Cecilie Levy

Pacing and Placing: A Screenwriter’s Exploration of Virtual Reality

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, The Norwegian Film School

Presentation at Artistic Research Spring Forum 20203: Third year and final presentation

The artistic PhD project explores how to rethink screenplay development in the transition from film and TV to virtual reality concerning spatial storytelling, interactivity, and 3D visualisation. The research results include processes of scriptwriting, sketches and drafts, as well as tests of how the script is transformed into a virtual reality experience. In accompanying written reflections, methods and insights from these processes are shared.

Part of the final delivery is a five-minute virtual reality experience titled ‘Finding Frida’ – a work in progress and a vertical slice from a longer work still in development. 

Cecilie Levy is an award-winning scriptwriter currently engaged as an artistic researcher at the Norwegian film school to do practice-based research into storytelling for virtual reality. Educated at the Dutch Film and Television Academy, she has lived and worked in Amsterdam since the 1990s. Her work includes shorts, children’s films, series, and television dramas. Her work has won prices at international festivals (Lucas Award, Gilde Film, Florence, Critics Award, Grimstad) and has been broadcast nationally and internationally (ARTE). Her short film ‘Mimoun’ (2009) was nominated for an International Emmy® Kids Award and won a. o. the prestigious European PRIX JEUNESSE. Her latest film, ‘All things worthy’ (2021), premiered at the Dutch Film Festival in 2021.

Former presentations

In the presentation, an overview will be given of the artistic research process and methods drawn from documentary and fiction filmmaking, as well as game development, in the conceptualisation of ‘Finding Frida’. Insights and experiences from the recent collaborative work on the vertical slice – a proof of concept for the whole production – will be central in this presentation.