Switching - Interactive DVD produced by Oncotype

Music composed by Antonio Tublén.
Download "A hot sunny day."
Feat. babusjka, Text Morten Schjødt
Interactive example from the film Switching. Try the scene "Who are you meeting."

Oncotype

Oncotype is an interdisciplinary Danish design group that has existed since 1998. With a background in fine art, graphic design and programming, Oncotype pushes the boundaries of art, design and film.

Interaction is the binding element in all of Oncotype's projects. Oncotype utilizes and challenges media's potentials for interaction with users. Whether it's print, web or interactive film, Oncotype attempts to build projects that give users the possibility to intervene and take an active part of the design.

The characteristic trait of Oncotype's design is a combination of effective functionality and a desire to experiment with narration in digital communication.

Oncotype has been awarded the Danish Design Prize 2001 in the category Digital Communication. Oncotype was picked out for its own website - oncotype.dk.

Link: http://www.oncotype.dk/press/ddd2001/

Noodlefilm

Noodlefilm is the name under which Oncotype's interactive film projects are made. The name refers to a bowl of noodles, symbolising a film's complex structure with lots of small film clips that can be consumed in different orders. But this also depicts some of the difficulties in consuming them. They are a soft paste that can take on different shapes and make demands on the user. Noodlefilm demands that the user not only watches a film, but uses it.

FRIDA SWITCHES ON THE LIGHT

(from Switching booklet, Oncotype 2003)

Frida and Simon lives together, but something has changed. They can't really communicate any more. One night, Frida turns on the light in their bedroom to try and understand what is wrong.

The opening scene of the film is based on a personal, modern interpretation of the Cupid and Psyche myth, or specifically the point when Psyche has just lit a candle to see who her lover really is. Cupid had warned Psyche that their love could only continue if she never saw who he is. Despite this warning, she lights the candle and in that moment, loses him.

Psyche's lighting of the candle to see her lover eloquently depicts the turning point that occurs in any love affair when light is literally shed on the relationship and one's self - when the affection for one's lover is put to the test in relation to one's own growth development. This is the situation ensnaring Frida and Simon. A night scene when Frida turns on the light and a morning scene as Simon enters with a cup of coffee. 24 hours of their life. The take turns trying to break out of the vicious circle in which they're trapped, but without getting anywhere.

Narrative labyrinth

We are born into the stories that others make about us and we make up stories about ourselves and others. The stories hold onto us, and we break out of old stories by making new ones.

Our comprehension of the world is defined by stories.

Frida starts the difficult process of creating a new story around herself and Simon. A process in which we often feel that ourselves and others are adversaries. As a user of the film, you are drawn into this game. The process - the creation of a story - is therefore an important part of the experience.

The interactive form is used to create a fragmented narrative structure that resembles the chaotic narrative form our dreams. The user of this film enters a narrative labyrinth simultaneously unfolding and disrupting the story. It is more a state of mind - a symbol of consciousness as a multidimensional, never-ending thought process.

The open form

The interactive moment brings about a receptive storytelling atmosphere and by so doing engenders openness between storyteller and onlooker. This challenges the classic narrative pattern with its beginning, middle and end, because the interactive medium is not restrained by a linear timeframe.

There are three elements that explain why Switching departs from the linear form. The first is that the film can be changed at any time. Consequently, the user can jump back and forth in time and location. The second is the fact that interface and content are not divided; in other words, the screen has no buttons to click. The film itself is the clickable object. Accordingly, linear control and logic disappear. The third element is the fact that the narrative structure is structured around a circular system in which everything repeats itself. So it has no ending either. The film continues for ever in its circular universe.

FILM MANUAL

A film puzzle

Switching is a film you can change whilst viewing it - a puzzle that can be arranged in many ways.

It's easy to use

The only thing you need to do is press ENTER or OK on your remote control when you wish to change the film. Focus on the actors expressions - they frequently give clues for possibilities to change the film. When you click, you change scenes or experience small variations of the story.

The film never ends

Switching is built from loops, which means that the scenes repeat in multiple places. In principle this means that there is never an ending. By clicking the TOP MENU or TITLE button on your remote control, you choose when the film finishes.

TEKNISK INFO

  • Double-layered DVD
  • Playing time: 130 min
  • Sound format: stereo
  • Picture format: 16:9 4:3 appropriate for all PAL TVs

Switching may challenge the capabilities of some DVD players. Below is a list of DVD players that require special handling when using this film.

  1. B&O model
    DVD 1 (sn before 16809019)
    Press the 1 button instead of the GO button to interact.
    The YELLOW button brings up the menu.
  2. Sony model
    DVP-NS355 CD-DVD Player
    In some cases the player ignores the pressing of the ENTER button.
    The solution is to activate english subtitles.

Contact

Oncotype
Niels Hemmingsens gade 32A, 1.th.
DK - 1153 København K

Tel: +45 33 32 04 03
Fax: +45 33 32 04 61
E-mail: info@oncotype.dk

Switching wins main award at Prix Möbius Nordica 2005

Director Morten Schjødt received Saturday the 29. of January in Helsinki the main award of the Prix Möbius Nordicas for the interactive feature film Switching. It is the design- and art group Oncotype that is behind the concept and production of Switching.

The jury said:

Switching - is a stimulating and comprehensive effort challenging human resources; actors, production technicians and the audience alike, creating a well crafted and compelling vehicle for reconstruction and narrative interactions.

The winners of Prix Möbius Nordica will in Marts 2005 participant in the international competition, Prix Möbius International, in France.

The winner of the Nordic competitions are:

  • MAIN AWARD: Switching (DK)
  • INNOVATION: Situations (FI)
  • CREATION: Eve Online (IC)
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING: Finland At War (FI)
  • SPECIAL AWARD: Timedreams (FI)

Prix Möbius Nordica 2005 has existed since 2000, and the competition was held for the 4. time in Helsinki. Prix Möbius Nordica is the only regular international competition concerning media culture organised in the North.

Read more at www.prixmobiusnordica.org

Switching award: Cyperloup - IPL New Media Award 2003

Montreal International Festival New Cinema New Media


FCMM jury rewards Switching for its innovative, circular structure of telling and for its blurring of boundaries between film and interface. Switching is rewarded by the jury for its complex psychological storytelling, where the experience grows each time the an audience uses it. The Cyperloup award is won in the category New Media.

The jury wrote:

Switching processes a blurring of the boundaries between film and interface: in this disjointed story, a fragmentary, audience-activated playback creates a complex and enjoyable psychological labyrinth with no clear solution. The film brings the spectator to a new level of narrative responsibility, not just in choosing jump-cuts along the storyline, but more important in putting these fragments together again into a unique experience that gives meaning to the term 'point of view'. The jury considers that the enjoyment of the piece grows with each viewing and considers that Switching's interface reaches a new level of transparency.

Directors cut - Live special

Directors cut is a presentation of Switching, where the director interacts with the film live in the cinema. The director creates in that way a new version while showing it. Each presentation is an unique version of Switching. The director puts together a special directors cut live version, which he has prearranged by marking the flowchart of Switching. The versions varies between 30 to 70 minutes.

Overview:

  • 2004
  • Nemo festival #6, Forum des Images, Paris, 9.-14. Marts. Paris version 60 min.
  • 2003
  • Canadian Film Centre, Toronto, Nov. Toronto version 30 min.
  • Kiasma stage, (Future cinema) Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland, 29. August Helsinki version 70 min.
  • The Danish Film Institute, Cinemateket, Copenhagen, 30. April Release version on the opening night - Copenhagen version 60 min.

Audiens cut

Audiens cut is a presentation of Switching where the audience interact with the film themselves in the cinema. If the director is present during the presentation he gets the film going and gives the remote out to the audience on the first row. Some of the audience does not want to have the remote control, while others wants to have the remote control for a longer period of time. The duration of the film therefore matches the time it takes for the remote control to wander from hand to hand before it reaches the back row. The director is seated on the very last seat and he will end the film. In that way the director both starts and ends the film but does not the control of what happens in between.

Overview:

  • 2004
  • Flimmer Festival, Norrköping, Sweden, 8.-17. Oct.
  • SPLIT International Festival of New Film, Croatia, 26. June - 2. July
  • Durban International Film Festival, Durban, South Africa, 13. - 20. June
  • DIGIFEST, Toronto, Canada, 13.-16. May
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, 21. Jan - 1. Feb.

Exhibitions

Switching attends exhibitions where the audience can interact with the film in a more intimate way. This way the audience has fully control over the remote themselves. The installation of Switching usually contains a monitor, a DVD player, a remote control and a headset. It is important that the audience is comfortable for instance on cushions or in a sofa, so it reminds of a private TV-setup.

Overview:

  • 2004
  • FILE-2004 International Electronic Language, São Paulo, Brasil, 22. Nov. - 12. Dec.
  • APPENDIKS VIII: "Empty Cinemas - Open Narratives", Copenhagen, 2. May- 2. June
  • European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 21.-25. April
  • RADAR, Artnode / Artnode Gets Physical, Copenhagen, 1.-4. April
  • Nemo festival #6, Forum des Images, Paris, France, 9.-14. Marts
  • 2003
  • Montreal International Festival New Cinema New Media, 9.-19. October
  • "CODE - the Language of Our Time", Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, 6.-11. September
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival 2003, Copenhagen, 13.-20. August

Film Credits


Frida
LAURA DRASBÆK

Simon
RASMUS BOTOFT

Patrik
JOHAN WIDERBERG

Anna
KAYA BRÜEL

Servitrice
LÆRKE WINTHER ANDERSEN

Alex
TONNY LANDY

Forretningsmand
HENRIK PRIP

Stripper/Servitrice
NICOLE WOLF

Ung mand
LASSE JØRGENSEN


Interaktiv manuskript
MORTEN SCHJØDT
RASMUS ARRILDT

Komponist
ANTONIO TUBLÉN

Instruktør
MORTEN SCHJØDT

Cheffotograf
RASMUS ARRILDT, DFF

Producer
FILIP von SPRECKELSEN

Fotografer
RENE GUNDESBØL
MAGNUS SORT EIDEMAK

Second unit fotograf/Grafisk fotograf
MORTEN WESTERMANN

Klipper
BETTINA TVEDE HANSEN

Lyd design
JENS BØNDING

Tonemester
HENRY MICHAELSEN

B tonemester
MICHAEL BING

Chefrekvisitør
LASSE BJØRNVAD

Rekvisitør
CAMILLA HJERSIG

Kostume & make-up
SOILE LUDJOI

Kostume assistent
SIRID BRANDT HERMANNSEN

Belysningsmester
THOMAS "SPOON" MENZER

Belysningsassistent
JANUS HAJSLUND

Stillfotograf
JACOB NOEL

Grip Driver
THUE B. SØRENSEN

Produktionsleder
NICOLA BAIER

Indspilningsleder
STINE HEILMANN

Scripter
RIKKE DEEPTHI HANSEN

Accounter
LONE SIMONSEN

Runner
ANTON KJÆR CHRISTIANSEN
DENNIS STANLEY OLSEN

Tonemester postproduktion
HENRY MICHAELSEN
MAJKA BJØRNAGER

Colorgrader
BO47 NIELSEN

Colorgrader supervisor
THOMAS THERCHILSEN

Klippeassistent
MALENE IBSEN
JENS RIIS

Teknisk chef og DVD mastering
MATTIAS BODLUND

DVD konsulent
ANDRÉ CHRISTIANSEN

Grafisk tilrettelæggelse
MORTEN WESTERMANN

Production design
ONCOTYPE

Manuskript konsulent
ANNA KARINA STEENHOLDT

Klippe konsulent
JANUS BILLESKOV-JANSEN

Filmen er produceret af
Oncotype ApS


Manuskriptudvikling støttet af
Media Programme of the European Union

Projektet Den Interaktive Film er finansieret af:
Det Danske Filminstitut

Kulturministeriets Udviklingsfond
DFI Filmværkstedet

Teknisk koordinator DFI:
POUL VESTERGAARD

Producer DFI:
ENE KATRINE RASMUSSEN

Redaktion DFI:
Mogens Jacobsen, Lars Qvortrup, Erik Stephensen,
Camilla Lyngbo Hjort, Karin Søndergaard, Ole Ivanoff

Projektledelse DFI:
LARS FEILBERG OG PRAMI LARSEN

Distribution
SF FILM A/S

© 2003 Oncotype ApS og Det Danske Filminstitut