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Acting in virtual reality

Slater, M; Howell, J; Steed, A; Pertaub, DP; Garau, M; Springel, S; (2000) Acting in virtual reality. In: (pp. pp. 103-110).

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Abstract

Three pairs of professional actors and a director each met in a shared non-immersive virtual reality system over a two-week period to rehearse a short play. The actors and director never met one another physically until a short time before a live rehearsal in front of an audience. The actors were represented by avatars which could be controlled to make a range of facial expressions, and some body movements, including navigation through the space. The study examined the extent to which virtual reality could be used by the actors and director to rehearse their later live performance. Four indicators captured by questionnaires show that over the period of the four days their sense of presence in the virtual rehearsal space, their co-presence with the other actor, and their degree of cooperation all increased. Moreover their evaluation of the extent to which the virtual rehearsal was similar to a real rehearsal also increased. Debriefing sessions with the actors and director are reported, which suggest that a performance level was reached in the virtual rehearsal which formed the basis of a successful live performance.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Acting in virtual reality
ISBN: 1581133030
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/79986
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