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Virtual Reality Experience Scriptwriting

ASSIGNEE: disney Enterprises, Inc
US PAT. NO. 11721081 B2

Invention Overview:

Disney’s VR Experience Scriptwriting Patent: A New Frontier in Entertainment

Virtual Reality (VR) has taken the world by storm, transforming everything from gaming to education. But one area where VR’s potential has been somewhat untapped is in the realm of scriptwriting for immersive experiences. That’s about to change, thanks to a groundbreaking patent by Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Scriptwriting has long required artisanal tools and techniques honed over the span of decades. But when it comes to creating content for VR, those tools fall short. The immersive nature of VR, where content can be experienced 360 degrees around a user, presents unique challenges. Traditional scriptwriting tools are not well-suited to visualize and create content for this multi-dimensional environment. Disney’s patent, published on August 8, 2023, introduces systems and methods for a workflow framework that scriptwriters can utilize when developing VR experiences. The invention allows a script to be parsed to identify one or more elements, and a VR representation of these elements can be automatically generated.

The disclosure of the patent references parsing a script to identify key elements within it, such as characters, scenes, actions, and more. Once these elements are identified, a VR representation is automatically generated, providing the scriptwriter with a visual and temporal view of how the script translates into the VR space. The dynamic approach described in the patent application can enable the development or editing of the script while the storyboard updates in the background.

The patent application describes how changes to the script affect the VR experience. Additionally, the script can be analyzed for consistency and cohesiveness in the context of the VR representation, ensuring a smooth and logical flow for the viewer. Finally, a preview of the VR experience or content can be generated from the script and/or the VR representation, allowing for testing and refinement before the final product is released. This seamless integration of script parsing, VR representation, editing, consistency analysis, and preview generation represents a revolutionary approach to creating immersive VR content.

This patent is more than just a technological advancement; it’s a new way of thinking about storytelling in the VR space. By providing a toolset that allows a script to be parsed and analyzed to generate a 2D/3D overview, and/or a 3D preview, it opens up new possibilities for content creators. The sense of space and presence achieved with VR content can draw viewers into a story more completely. However, producing VR content involves careful use of sound, light, and movement to maintain viewers’ interest and present a cohesive experience.

This patent could provide the tools to make that process more intuitive and effective. As VR continues to grow and evolve, innovations like this will be key to unlocking its full potential. For scriptwriters, content creators, and anyone interested in the future of entertainment, this patent offers a glimpse into a world where the boundaries of storytelling are expanded, and the virtual becomes even more real.

Systems and methods are provided for a workflow framework that scriptwriters can utilize when developing (live-action/animation/cinematic) virtual reality (VR) experiences or content. A script can be parsed to identify one or more elements in a script, and a VR representation of the one or more elements can be automatically generated. A user may develop or edit the script which can be presented in a visual and temporal manner along with the VR representation. The user may edit the VR representation, and the visual and temporal presentation of the script can be commensurately represented. The script may be analyzed for consistency and/or cohesiveness in the context of the VR representation or experience. A preview of the VR experience or content can be generated from the script and/or the VR representation.

Source: USPTO
Disney Virtual Reality Experience Scriptwriting
Disney Virtual Reality Experience Scriptwriting
Disney Virtual Reality Experience Scriptwriting


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