ICIDS 2017

This year, the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2017) took place in Funchal and was hosted by the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute. The Beanstalk team was involved in several ways:

Paulo Bala presented the poster: “Evaluating User Experience in 360º Storytelling Through Analytics”.

Poster Session at ICIDS 2017











“Fragments of Laura & Há-vita Transmedia Project”  was exhibited during the ICIDS Art Exhibition Event. The exhibition features a variety of art pieces of interactive storytelling in various media including Web-documentaries, VR Film, narrative games, Augmented Reality Mobile Applications, and Transmedia projects produced by over 30 artists of national and international origin. The exhibition’s theme of “Time and Tempo” encouraged artists to explore the intrinsic qualities of interactive narrative as a time-based medium, user rhythms, and storytelling themes that incorporate history, time travel, and other playful engagements with the theme.

The FOL&Hávita project allowed the audience to experience different historical times of Madeira’s cultural and natural heritage.

Fragments of Laura & Há-vita set up @ ICIDS Art Exhibition 2017


On October 16th, Mara Dionísio, Paulo Bala, Sandra Olim, Rui Trindade, Dina Dionísio and Valentina Nisi, presented the Fragments of Laura- transmedia project, at the Innovation Zone in the European Economic Forum in Lodz, Poland. This event is a platform for exchange of experience between representatives of business, science and the local government. Each year, the EEF brings together more than 3000 participants.

Innovation zone Exhibition @ EEF in Lodz











Fragments of Laura&Há-Vita was also selected as a finalist for the Filmteractive 2017, Festival of Interactive Communication, CONTENT OF THE FUTURE, 17th October 2017. The team made their pitch presentation at the finalist’s session of the Filmteractive Marketing Festival. An annual event where it concentrates innovative ideas that combine business approach with cutting-edge technology. The finalists got the chance to present their projects in front of decision makers from big brands, venture capital funds and experienced VR creators.

Pitching Session

Team @ Filmteractive Marketing Festival



International Communication Association

For the first time in 67 years, ICA 2017 held an exhibition. 31 innovative media projects were showcased during the official opening of the conference.

Our work was selected from among 72 submissions hailing from 4 continents! M-ITI represented Portugal with the transmedia project Há-Vita and Fragments of Laura by our researchers Claudia and Deborah.
Congratulations to all the creative and skilled team.

Madeira Film Festival 2017

M-ITI and the University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF) organized the Madeira Film Festival – Interactive Digital Stories Track. From April 17-23, 10 selected films in the category of Interactive Digital Cinema were shown in the Salão Nobre at the Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre.

The FOL & HÁ-VITA team marked their presence at the opening day event by presenting our work to the audience.

In the following days, we also attempt to run some user testings with the possible visitors of the exhibition. But after 2 days of being in the theatre testing the app and website, we found several problems with the app and that was essential for the experience to work, without that working, it was hard to have valuable feedback. 

Team @ Interactive Digital Stories Track

Beta Release promo material


Há-Vita: a Participatory media website

A refined new version of the Há-vita website is almost ready to be released online. Logos, icons and each page were designed and implemented in WordPress. The main content and video interviews were created covering all the 7 main topics/categories of FOL story.

Still, some final touches need to be considered. Take a look at the progress:


3D Audio

In the last week, we received a visit from our colleague Eduardo Magalhães from INESC- Porto, an expert in interactive audio content creation for Virtual Environments and 3D Audio Capture and Implementation.

His visit aimed in a collaboration to help us improve the quality and immersion of our interactive story: Motion Comics videos + 360º scene, since we felt the need to focus on the audio and sound effects of FOL. Eduardo worked a few days on the island, doing what he does best, capturing sound for further recreation of 3D audio.

Sound Capture by Eduardo Magalhães