Ressaca and Dispersão:

experiments in non-linear cinema


This poster describes two projects by the author. Both are interactive

audiovisual fictional narratives developed in Brazil, 10 years apart.


Bruno Caldas Vianna is a Brazilian filmmaker and PhD candidate at Uniarts Helsinki, studying Visual Arts and Artificial Intelligence.

Ressaca









Key facts

Released in 2008

Edited live, usually by the director

Narrative feature-length film, 70-90 minutes

Exclusive for theatrical venues




Technology

FLOSS software developed specially for |the project

Player written in PureData

Interface written in Processing

Allows re-ordering of pre-edited sequences

Allows manipulation of shots within sequences

Developed by Maira Sala




Narrative structure:

About 320 minutes of total material

Pre-edited sequences

No default order in sequences

Several storylines could be followed, hidden, mixed.

No specific branching structure

"Narrative landscape"




Thematic:

Brazilian family living through the country’s crisis in the 1980’s

Coming to age tales about the teenage son

Fake contemporary documentary being made about the crisis




Results:

Exhibited in festival and events around the world until 2011

Four awards

Strong impact in Portuguese-language interactive audiovisual narrative research






Dispersão


Key facts

Main shooting finished

Release planned for 2021

Edited live, depending on user reaction to app

Narrative feature film, 70-90 minutes

Exclusive for theatrical venues






Technology

FLOSS software developed specially

for the project

Player written in Processing

App written in React

Editing manager in Javascript

Developed by Maira Sala




Interactivity

Viewers use an application in mobile phones during the screening

The app is a simulated social network with characters from the movie

Narrative info is provided through this social networks

Viewers' engagement with the social network - likes, views - is measured and used to direct the narrative






Contacts

bruno.caldas@uniarts.fi

https://ressaca.net

https://dispersao.net