In these 3d story telling projects, we’re usually working with interactions that are initiated by mouse-clicks and key-presses from your keyboard. To challenge ourselves, we wanted to tell a story by scrolling through it. This makes it possible for the user to read and experience the story in their preferred tempo. Also it’s possible to scroll backwards if you’ve missed something. This enables the user to interact in a way that they are used to, in a world that’s completely new for them.
The reason that we wanted to experiment with this right now, is that scrolling has always been difficult to combine with 3d in web development. There were some workarounds, but now new technology makes it possible to create an animation timeline that you can manipulate by scrolling.
This experiment was challenging, because I personally haven’t worked with this particular scroll-technology before. And I’ve set the bar pretty high for myself trying to combine it with 3d, right away.
I found an amazing 3d world model on Sketchfab and loaded it into browser. At this point there was nothing but that world. There was no interactions, no scrolling, no dragging the world around, no flying text. It was like staring at a picture of the world.