An interactive Shadow Theater
Intel Realsense App Challenge 2015, 2nd place
Shadow theatre is a very traditional form of dramaturgical storytelling. The basic principles of this genre have stayed unchanged for a very long time. With “Ombre Fabula“ we bring this art form onto a new interactive level, blurring the boundaries between audience and player. By forming very simple hand figures the user can invoke mythical shadow creatures, which begin to live a life on their own. This playful interaction immerses the user to a fabulous world.
Ombre Fabula tells the story of a little boy who wants to restore his grandmother’s extinguished eyesight. To help him, you must create silhouettes with your hands that conjure up magical shadow creatures. This requires some skilled play, but these mystical figures can collect lights of a certain color for the boy. When the boy collects all the lights, you will be rewarded with the end of the story.
From a stylistic point of view, we combined both traditional western and eastern shadow theatre into one beautiful experience.
This interactive shadow play can be understood as a reinterpretation of traditional shadow puppet theatre: Real shadows merge with a virtually staged world. For this purpose, the linear medium, in the form of a fable, is combined with innovative interaction principles and specially conceived for the technological use of the Intel Creative Gesture depth camera.