Story Map

Abhishek Nandakumar, Kartik Agarwal, Tarun Chakravorty, Jonathan Cutrell, Abraham Doris-Down, Harish Kothandaraman

A second-screen companion app to support viewers in following a densely populated storyworld, with prototype based on the FX Series Justified.

The iPad displays a map of the relationships among the many characters, grouping them geographically as they appear in the story without any spoiler revelations.

The iPad displays a map of the relationships among the many characters, grouping them geographically as they appear in the story without any spoiler revelations.

When past events are referenced on the show, the story map presents annotations describing each event to help new viewers remain immersed in the show.

When past events are referenced on the show, the story map presents annotations describing each event to help new viewers remain immersed in the show.

Using the affordances of the digital medium we can create navigation patterns and auxiliary information streams to minimize confusion and maximize immersion in the story world. In our application, the iPad is used as a secondary screen to create a character map synchronized with the TV content, and to support navigation of story threads across episodes.

We built a synchronized character map that supports navigation of story threads across episodes. It provides navigation patterns and auxiliary information streams to reduce confusion and increase immersion in the story.

The companion application synchronizes with the playhead of the show, providing viewers with relevant information during moments of curiosity. Tapping on individual characters lets viewers understand their role in the show. Video montages of each character provide further background about how they are involved with key events through the show.

The app syncs with the show, providing viewers with relevant information during moments of curiosity. Tapping on characters provides further background about how they are involved with key events through the show.

We use lines and iconography to describe the relationships between characters. Tapping on these icons displays clips describing these relationships, providing context about how they developed over the course of the season.

We use lines and iconography to describe the relationships between characters. Tapping on these icons displays clips describing these relationships, providing context about how they developed over the course of the season.