Videnda: Environmental Storytelling in Virtual Reality

Michelle Gao
Ruby Feng

Abstract

“ Videnda” as an English word means things that should be observed and visited because they are representative of a person or a place. Videnda as a project is a virtual reality piece centered on the idea of of environmental storytelling using 3D environments. The HTC Vive Headset, Unity game engine, Autodesk Maya and other programs are used to give a user an immersive experience in three different scenes that represent the starting environments for three characters in a fantastical world. This collaborative effort is designed to let users organically construct personal narratives about the people in a fictional world, while also connecting a new digital medium back to traditional forms of narrative using themes found in traditional print media.