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Lessons From Theatre That Can Transform XR Experiences

James Horn  (Creative Director, Pixel Toys Ltd)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Design, Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

In 1968, Theater Visionary Peter Brook in his seminal book, The Empty Space, said: "I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage."

For the last few years, games developers and XR creatives have been discovering the synergies between theater and interactive immersive artforms and how the two can inform each other in a profound way. In this lecture, James Horn will, using examples from his work with Magic Leap, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oculus and Games Workshop, explain how developers can practically use established theater techniques to redefine their pre-production processes, create intimacy, immersion and connection through their narrative and storytelling, and utilize the unique spatial experiences provided by XR hardware to explore what "The Empty Virtual Space" is.


Attendees will take away:

- techniques for creative pre-production processes influenced by theater practice
- practical concepts for building a creative team that communicates and collaborates well
- an overview of the current state of theatre/game crossover
- tools for evaluating spatial usage and tips for how to use this to enhance your experience

Intended Audience

Narrative designers, artists of all disciplines, theater practitioners, creative directors, XR developers will all benefit from attendance. A knowledge of XR or game development is a prerequisite but knowledge of theater practice is not required.