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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

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Richard Ramchurn

Sarah Martindale

Steve Benford



Abstract

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.

Start Date May 4, 2019
Publication Date May 4, 2019
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Book Title CHI '19: proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN 9781450359702
APA6 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 Systemsdoi:10.1145/3290605.3300378
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300378
Keywords Human-centered computing; Interaction paradigms
Publisher URL https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3290605.3300378
Additional Information This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK.

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