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From director’s cut to user’s cut: To watch a brain-controlled film is to edit it

Ramchurn, Richard; Martindale, Sarah; Wilson, Max L.; Benford, Steve

Authors

Richard Ramchurn

STEVE BENFORD steve.benford@nottingham.ac.uk
Dunford Chair in Computer Science



Abstract

© 2019 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). Introducing interactivity to films has proven a longstanding and difficult challenge due to their narrative-driven, linear and theatre-based nature. Previous research has suggested that Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) may be a promising approach but also revealed a tension between being immersed in the film and thinking about control. We report a performance-led and in-the-wild study of a BCI film called The MOMENT covering its design rationale and how it was experienced by the public as controllers, non-controllers and repeat viewers. Our findings suggest that BCI movies should be designed to be credibly controllable, generate personal versions, be watchable as linear films, encourage repeat viewing and fit the medium of cinema. They also reveal how viewers appreciated the sense of editing their own personal cuts, suggesting a new stance on introducing interactivity into lean-back media in which filmmakers release editorial control to users to make their own versions.

Citation

Ramchurn, R., Martindale, S., Wilson, M. L., & Benford, S. (2019). From director’s cut to user’s cut: To watch a brain-controlled film is to edit it. In CHI '19: proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. , (1-14). https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300378

Conference Name Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Conference Location Glasgow, UK
Start Date May 4, 2019
End Date May 9, 2019
Acceptance Date Jan 9, 2019
Publication Date May 2, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 15, 2019
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Volume 2019-May
Pages 1-14
Book Title CHI '19: proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN 9781450359702
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300378
Keywords Human-centered computing; Interaction paradigms
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1468705
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3290605.3300378
Additional Information Paper No.: 148

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