The Art of Immersive Cinema
VR SPHEREPLAY TEMPLATE
FOR USE WITH FINAL DRAFT 10
In teamwork with the visionary Final Draft, the Storyship founder, David Marlett, has developed the VR Sphereplay Template to aid in crafting "sphereplays" for storytelling in a 360˚ spherical virtual reality environment.
During David's unique experience creating MansLaughter (see below), he experimented with a number of screenwriting methods for communicating a story in a script format for immersive storyship. In doing so, he developed as nomenclature and geographic rendering that is simple to implement mechanically--something necessary with the inherent complexity of using the full 360˚ space available in virtual reality storytelling. That template and nomenclature is the Final Draft VR Sphereplay Template.
Currently, Marlett is consulting Final Draft on their further integration of spatial storytelling into their next software rendering: Final Draft 11.
Why a "sphereplay"? Consider that since...
a STAGEPLAY is a script written in anticipation of an audience experiencing it by watching it performed on a stage; and
a SCREENPLAY is a script written in anticipation of an audience experiencing it by watching it performed on a screen; therefore,
a SPHEREPLAY is a script written in anticipation of an audience experiencing it by watching it performed in a sphere of virtual reality.
The emphasis on the world "sphere" is important, as it not only indicates that the writer must be cognizant at all times of what is occurring around the audience member (standing at "C" in the diagram...C for "center" or "camera"), but also what is happening above and below the audience member. It is a full 360˚ spherical story that must be told.