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"Scapegoat" Interactive Crime Drama

Researchers: Sophie Hiscock, Ashton Clarke, and Dr Polina Zioga.

Aims
The aim of this project is twofold. On the one hand, it seeks to investigate the process of creating an HTML-based interactive short film through the stages of pre-production, production and post-production. It focuses on the crime drama genre, exploring currently available online platforms and interaction design approaches, making suggestions on the use of appropriate methods that can enable an efficient and meaningful interactivity. On the other hand, the project investigates the scriptwriting process involved in the development of a short interactive crime drama, the methods that can establish a strong narrative, and the criteria that can be applied for measuring its quality. At the same time, it focuses on the interactive script format, looking at currently available software, their functionalities and the role of usability on set.

Methods
Human-Computer Interaction, Interactive Media, Interactive Storytelling, Interactive Filmmaking, Interactive Scriptwriting, HTML, Audience Engagement, Crime Drama.


©2021 Ashton Clarke, Polina Zioga and Interactive Filmmaking Lab.

This video has been created as part of the ‘Interactive Film and Media Conference 2021: New Narratives,
Racialization, Global Crises, and Social Engagement’, 5-7 August 2021, Ryerson University, The Glasgow
School of Art, University of Sao Paulo, The University of Texas at Dallas
(journals.library.ryerson.ca/index.php/InteractiveFilmMedia/article/view/1524).

Duration: 7’55’’
Image: 16:9 widescreen
Format: H.264
Genre: video essay
Country of Production: Scotland, UK
Year of Production: 2021
Written by: Ashton Clarke and Polina Zioga.
Video created by: Polina Zioga and Ashton Clarke.
Music: Deep Blue and Blur from Bensound.com.
Copyright © 2021 Ashton Clarke, Polina Zioga and Interactive Filmmaking Lab.

Publications and Outputs
- Clarke, A., and Zioga, P. (2022) Scriptwriting for Interactive Crime Films: the Case of Scapegoat. Interactive Film and Media Conference 2021: New Narratives, Racialization, Global Crises, and Social Engagement, Online. Interactive Film and Media, 2(1): 106-121. doi: 10.32920/ifmj.v2i1.1524.
- Clarke, A., and Zioga, P. (2021) ‘Scriptwriting for Interactive Crime Films: the Case of Scapegoat’. In: Interactive Film And Media Conference 2021: New Narratives, Racialization, Global Crises, And Social Engagement. Online, 5-7 August 2021.
Scapegoat (2019) Directed by Sophie Hiscock [Interactive Film]. UK: Sophie Hiscock.
– Hiscock, S. (2019) An Investigation into Creating an HTML-based Interactive Short Film. BSc (Hons) Dissertation, Staffordshire University.
- Clarke, A. (2019) An Investigation into Screenwriting for a Short Interactive Film. BSc (Hons) Dissertation, Staffordshire University.

Scapegoat – the HTML-based short interactive crime drama
Scapegoat (dir. Sophie Hiscock, 2019) is an interactive HTML-based short film about a team of detectives that need to find the truth behind the murder of Lucas Cook and why he is seen as the scapegoat for the disappearance of Victoria Grey. Viewers can choose the course of the investigation and which people around the neighbourhood the detectives will question in order to discover the killer.

Contributors
Sophie Hiscock: Producer | Director | Editor | Interaction Designer
Ashton Clarke: Scriptwriter | Script Supervisor
Paige Barron: Production Manager | Editor
Johnathan Eley: Director of Photography.
Matthew Williams: Camera Operator.
James Davey: Boom Operator | Gaffer.
James Thomas: Boom Operator.
Liam Goodlad: Boom Operator.
Dr Polina Zioga: Research Supervisor.

Cast
Pre Krystel (as Mia Johnson).
Andira Critchlow (as Alison Turner).
Lauren Ebrey (as Melinda Thompson).
Tann Marie (as Molly).
Robert Turnbull (as Isaac).
Liam Goodlad (as Dennis).
Amiel Hart (as Adam Brown).
Rebecca Stanhope (as Emma Rogers).
Alison Simcock (as Super Intendant Young).
Karl Andrews (as Dave Grey).