Visualizing Nonlinear Narratives with Story Curves by Nam Wook Kim, et al.

A nonlinear narrative is a storytelling device that portrays events of a story out of chronological order. Story curves visualize the nonlinear narrative of a movie by showing the order in which events are told in the movie and comparing them to their actual chronological order, resulting in unique visual patterns. Story Explorer supports an interactive exploration of movie scripts using story curves. We describe the spectrum of narrative patterns that we discovered from 10 nonlinear movies.