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Cross Training at MEDIMED 2014

MEDIMED is a market for the audiovisual industry where pre-sales and sales of finished projects and documentaries are made. The 15th edition of MEDIMED, which has the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, was held at Hotel Calipolis in Sitges (Spain) on 17, 18 and 19 October. This is a really unique business space designed to facilitate …

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A Short History of Interactivity: the revolution was coming for some time

Benjamin Hoguet (Racontr) published this originally on medium.com, it has been reposted with permission. This article belongs to a larger collection of resources about interactive and transmedia storytelling. Sign up here to receive one new article a week! Each day there are more of us interactive storytellers. Because we enjoy the freedom of creating with fewer boundaries, because we could not take …

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News from the newsroom: an interview with Aron Pilhofer

More than half of The Guardian’s readership chooses the online experience (The Guardian, 2012). That makes more than 6 million monthly web readers, against less than 5 million print readers. What would you do if you had to secure a profitable future to such newspaper? I suppose you would start to look at the potential of media rich content with …

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Learning, sharing and experiencing the “how” of Transmedia Storytelling

By Valentina Ciarapica and Suha Hazboun. This post originally appeared on Transmedia Storytelling Berlin and has been republished with permission.  During October, the Conducttr conference took place in London attracting creators, technologists, academics, producers, and all kinds of professionals involved in designing and producing transmedia storytelling projects. “Interaction” is the keyword that better defines this one-day experience: the program consisted in a series of talks given by …

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Assent: the power of virtual reality storytelling

Last Friday we had the pleasure of hosting Oscar Raby in the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol. As well as giving people the opportunity to watch his work Assent, on the Oculus Rift, he also gave a lunch time talk, outlining his journey towards producing a virtual reality documentary. In his talk, Oscar provided the context needed to understand what pushed him …

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The Whiteness Project: confronting race through interactive documentary

It’s not often I will sit and watch everything within an interactive documentary project. I often skip sections, navigate past video or glance over text – this isn’t a criticism of the documentaries necessarily, it’s more the nature of the internet – sustaining attention for a long period of time on one site is not the norm. However, when I …

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WiREDMŌV: is this the future of interactive documentary?

Although interactive documentaries are slowly gaining more recognition, their reach is often limited to academic circles, interactive documentary makers, or small communities already engaged with the field. Michael Blackledge is looking to change that with his new project WiREDMŌV; a platform that is intended to educate the public about interactive documentary and assist interactive documentary makers with distribution. Sandra Gaudenzi spoke …

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What matters to you? A collective storytelling project about the emotional value of things

by Valentina Ciarapica and Alessia Rotondo What would we like to share with the people of the future about our personal lives? This question lies at the heart of a mysterious video which shows up online out of nowhere. Things That Matter has been selected by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt of Berlin in the framework of the Anthropocene …

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Ingrid Kopp: A Field Guide to Interactive Storytelling

During the summer Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute, came to the Watershed, Bristol to give a talk on interactive storytelling. For members of the i-Docs community who weren’t able to attend, we’re pleased to be able to offer the full transcript, full of brilliant examples and analysis of these new forms of storytelling. Enjoy. Mandy Rose: …

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i-Docs presents: multimedia designer and visual artist Oscar Raby

24th October 2014  1PM, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol We’re pleased to announce that multimedia artist and interactive storyteller Oscar Raby is coming to Bristol to deliver a lunch time talk at the Pervasive Media Studio. Creator of the innovative and moving Assent project, Oscar is using virtual reality to tell the story of his father’s experiences in Chile during the …

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Interactive documentary: articles, events & votes

There seems to be a lot happening in the world of interactive documentary this week! Incase you had missed our daily updates, In Media Res are currently curating a week of articles concentrated around the topic of interactive documentary. There have already been three pieces published, an opening provocation asking ‘Why interactive?‘; an examination of civic engagement and i-docs, focusing on …

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interDocsBarcelona Popathon – Prototypes

On Friday 30th May started the first intensive workshop to produce interactive documentary prototypes: the interDocsBarcelona Popathon. Organized jointly by interDocsBarcelona and the Popathon platform, the activity was focused around interdisciplinary groups lead by a mentor (storyteller) and a programmer (coder). An effective mix between storytellers and programmers made  it possible in the space of 24 to 48 intensive hours to produce, depending on the participants, various prototypes for …

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Disaster Resilience Journal: interactive documentary on how we survive against natural disasters

Exciting news this week with the announcement of the Disaster Resilience Journal; an interactive documentary that examines how individuals, communities and countries around the world are building resilience in a landscape of climate change, and social, economic and cultural shifts. Funded by the European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), the project highlights its work with the International Federation …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

The first chapter of the UX Series  (on my website www.interactivefactual.net) was dedicated to open a debate on whether we should, or should not, use design thinking / UX / agile development / minimum viable product (etc…) methodologies while developing interactive documentaries. Over all the creatives that I interviewed seemed to say “yes, of course” but did not really know how, …

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A Short History of Interactivity: the revolution was coming for some time

Benjamin Hoguet (Racontr) published this originally on medium.com, it has been reposted with permission. This article belongs to a larger collection of resources about interactive and transmedia storytelling. Sign up here to receive one new article a week! Each day there are more of us interactive storytellers. Because we enjoy the freedom of creating with fewer boundaries, because we could not take …

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Learning, sharing and experiencing the “how” of Transmedia Storytelling

By Valentina Ciarapica and Suha Hazboun. This post originally appeared on Transmedia Storytelling Berlin and has been republished with permission.  During October, the Conducttr conference took place in London attracting creators, technologists, academics, producers, and all kinds of professionals involved in designing and producing transmedia storytelling projects. “Interaction” is the keyword that better defines this one-day experience: the program consisted in a series of talks given by …

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What matters to you? A collective storytelling project about the emotional value of things

by Valentina Ciarapica and Alessia Rotondo What would we like to share with the people of the future about our personal lives? This question lies at the heart of a mysterious video which shows up online out of nowhere. Things That Matter has been selected by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt of Berlin in the framework of the Anthropocene …

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“Financing models don’t need broadcasters anymore…” – discussing new financing models with Lucia Haslauer of ZDF

This article has been republished with permission from PttP, the original post appeared here. In the lead up to the Pixel Market Finance Forum (8 Oct) – the PttP team are conducting a series of interviews with their panelists. Funding and finance is a key topic for our i-Docs community, so here’s their second interview with Lucia Haslauer, Commissioning Editor for German public …

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Interactive, purposeful storytelling meets Virtual Reality at Learn Do Share London with ‘Meet Lucy’.

This post by Alison Norrington, originally appeared on here Story Central. The brainchild of Creative Director and PhD researcher, Nina Simoes, Meet Lucy is an innovative and interactive story that highlights the reality of housing issues in London and runs parallel to Learn Do Share. Nina brought together a smart trio to work together to produce and deliver the story …

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What will we do when we get there? Anticipating Digital Broadcast Archives

Guest post from Joe Smith, Kim Hammond and George Revill , The Open University The Earth in Vision project is exploring the potential and significance of digital broadcast archives (DBAs), looking at environment related media as a case study. We are working specifically with fifty hours of BBC broadcast archive of environmental programmes from the late 1950s onwards. In addition to …

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Webdocs for social change: a guest post from Carles Sora

Original text written by Carles Sora for CCCB LAB Blog (2014) and republished with permission. Over the past few years we’ve seen the emergence of online interactive documentaries, a documentary sub-genre that straddles documentary practice and interactive design. These webdocs are now attracting the interest of European authors, festivals, producers and television networks. In late May, the DocsBarcelona documentary festival organised a …

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Games Killed the Video Star: Five Ways That Play Is Beating TV at It’s Own Game

I connected to YouTube on a new device recently, so a device without the vast user history Google likes to collect. I noticed at the top of the screen were the top 5 ‘Most Popular Right Now’ videos for the UK. What struck me was that 4 out of 5 were video games. The only non video game offering was …

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The Prisons Memory Archive: Questioning and Engaging with Interactivity at i-Docs 2014

Guest post from Laura Aguiar, Cahal McLaughlin and Jamie McRoberts Queen’s University Belfast The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is an ongoing research project and its aim is to offer possibilities of engaging with the story of the ‘other’ in a society that is emerging from decades of political violence. One way of doing this, we believe, is through interactive documentary. …

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New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses

Guest post from Kate Nash, one of our keynote speakers at i-Docs 2014. How can we begin to conceptualise the way in which documentary is being re-thought in light of contemporary media cultures and technologies? This is the central question that the contributors to New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses explore. Taking ‘the ecological’ as a heuristic that …

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Reflections on Firestorm: Guest post from Mary Mitchell

  The following is a guest post from Mary Mitchell with her thoughts on the Guardian’s interactive documentary, Firestorm. The Guardian’s second foray into interactive documentary, ‘Firestorm’, is a beautifully crafted piece of immersive storytelling. Centered on photographs taken by The Holmes Family family fleeing a Tasmanian bushfire, the project crafts interviews, photographs, text and a breathtaking soundtrack into a linear …

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Participatory Documentary [and the city]: A research project from Daryl Mulvihill

Interactive documentary crosses over into a number of disciplines and urban ism is no exception. Katerina Cizek’s work with Highrise and McMillion’s recent documentary Hollow both explore people’s relationships to the environments they live in and how they could be improved. Architect and urban designer Daryl Mulvihill is continuing this research through a project entitled Participatory Documentary [and the city].  His company dmau ‘s work …

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Using dialogue as a way to create peace

This is a guest blog post from Paulina Tervo. I was invited by i-Docs to write an update to our interactive project, The Awra Amba Experience. Much has already been written about the project and is circulating on the internet, so I decided focus this blog post on elaborating on our plans for outreach solutions. I live around half a …

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‘Newsgames’: playing with the news

Using a game as a narrative resource in journalism is nothing new, although it is a minority pursuit. Nevertheless, the influence of gaming strategies is growing in digital works and even two Pulitzer journalists are working in a documentary and a game. Their goal is to make the world aware of the conditions of inequality in which women and children …

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Notes from Exploiting the Feedback Loop #xosummit: Guest post from Tomas Rawlings

Guest post from Tomas Rawlings, who chaired a panel at the (very) recent Crossover Summit at Sheffield DocFest – you can read his original article here, along with tons of other great blog posts about games, networked media, technology, evolution & nature. On Wednesday I chaired a session about feedback, games and media at the Crossover Summit at Sheffield Documentary Festival (image) …

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News from the newsroom: an interview with Aron Pilhofer

More than half of The Guardian’s readership chooses the online experience (The Guardian, 2012). That makes more than 6 million monthly web readers, against less than 5 million print readers. What would you do if you had to secure a profitable future to such newspaper? I suppose you would start to look at the potential of media rich content with …

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WiREDMŌV: is this the future of interactive documentary?

Although interactive documentaries are slowly gaining more recognition, their reach is often limited to academic circles, interactive documentary makers, or small communities already engaged with the field. Michael Blackledge is looking to change that with his new project WiREDMŌV; a platform that is intended to educate the public about interactive documentary and assist interactive documentary makers with distribution. Sandra Gaudenzi spoke …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

The first chapter of the UX Series  (on my website www.interactivefactual.net) was dedicated to open a debate on whether we should, or should not, use design thinking / UX / agile development / minimum viable product (etc…) methodologies while developing interactive documentaries. Over all the creatives that I interviewed seemed to say “yes, of course” but did not really know how, …

Sandra GaudenziThe Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler
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Points of view: putting occupied territories on the (interactive) map

Points of View, the interactive documentary produced by Zohar Kfir, gives the viewer an incredible insight into the daily lives of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories. The basis for project is video footage from B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In 2007, B’Tselem began giving Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza …

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Interactive, purposeful storytelling meets Virtual Reality at Learn Do Share London with ‘Meet Lucy’.

This post by Alison Norrington, originally appeared on here Story Central. The brainchild of Creative Director and PhD researcher, Nina Simoes, Meet Lucy is an innovative and interactive story that highlights the reality of housing issues in London and runs parallel to Learn Do Share. Nina brought together a smart trio to work together to produce and deliver the story …

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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

Door into the Dark - an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

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Netwars/out of CTRL: an interview with producer Michael Grotenhoff

Recommended at Sheffield DocFest by keynote Rob Tercek, Netwars/Out of Ctrl is an interactive web series that explores the possibilities of cyberwarfare and our own, personal relationship with the web. I spoke to the project producer Michael Grotenhoff about his inspirations for the project, the process of production and how it’s been received so far… What prompted you to make Netwars …

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The Awra Amba Experience: collaboration, crowd-funding and community

The Awra Amba Experience is an incredible project which I first encountered at i-Docs 2012, where Paulina Tervo (project producer/director/lead) presented the initial stages of the interactive documentary and introduced us to this inspiring community. Two years on and the project is nearing the end of a crowd-funding campaign that aims to get the interactive documentary finished and online. I …

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Transmedia storytelling: An interview with the makers of Love Radio

Love Radio, a transmedia documentary with interactive elements, explores the process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda in a unique format; a radio soap. I spoke with Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort, the pair behind the project: What compelled you to make Love Radio?  Travelling and working in Rwanda in 2008 we met the team that created Musekeweya, a popular radio soap that is …

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From iPad to installation: interactive documentary on multiple platforms

Avatar Secrets, the interactive documentary for the iPad has scaled up its ambitions, installing a large scale interactive installation at Hot Docs for the duration of the festival. This is the first time that an interactive documentary has been included in the programme of North America’s largest documentary festival and it’s great to see Ramona Pringle’s work has been picked up. …

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Interactive documentary for the iPad: Ramona Pringle on Avatar Secrets

Avatar Secrets - an interactive documentary for the iPad – explores the complexities of human connection in the wired world, examining the evolving nature of community, relationships, empathy and interdependence in the real world, and in the digital frontier. I caught up with Ramona ahead of her talk at i-Docs 2014 to find out more about Avatar Secrets and her step …

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Mike Robbins: lessons learned from testing Highrise and OFFSHORE

Mike Robbins, from Helios Design Lab (the guys behind NFB’s Highrise, OFFSHORE and 17,000 Islands) has participated to the UX Series by responding to Question 5: Rapid prototyping and testing: what to test for, and when, in i-doc production? I asked Mike to tell me about the way they’ve been testing their projects and… interestingly enough… I learned that they …

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What is “purpose” in an i-doc? Brett Gaylor, and Richard Jacobs, in the UX Series

What is purpose in an i-doc, and how can we communicate it? When you design a website you normally start by stating your goal and your product management strategy. You often have a core message, and you then make sure that the whole experience is smooth enough so that your user fulfills his needs (buy a train ticket, find the …

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Fort McMoney is out today! David Dufresne tells us the whole story…

Fort McMoney (Making of) from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo. As Fort McMoney is officially launching today at IDFA, we thought our i-Docs community would be interested in an exclusive interview with its director, David Dufresne (previously known for Prison Valley). Fort McMoney speaks of the environmental issues behind the oil industry through the language of a collaborative …

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Making Unspeak: an interview with Submarine Channel

Based on British journalist Steven Poole´s intriguing book of the same name, Submarine Channel presents Unspeak, an interactive documentary investigating the manipulative power of language. Blending filmmaking, data, technology, and design, the story of Unspeak unfolds across a series of short films, data visualizations, and a participatory dictionary in an interface designed for the web and tablet.  I spoke to …

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Cross Training at MEDIMED 2014

MEDIMED is a market for the audiovisual industry where pre-sales and sales of finished projects and documentaries are made. The 15th edition of MEDIMED, which has the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, was held at Hotel Calipolis in Sitges (Spain) on 17, 18 and 19 October. This is a really unique business space designed to facilitate …

Arnau GifreuCross Training at MEDIMED 2014
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News from the newsroom: an interview with Aron Pilhofer

More than half of The Guardian’s readership chooses the online experience (The Guardian, 2012). That makes more than 6 million monthly web readers, against less than 5 million print readers. What would you do if you had to secure a profitable future to such newspaper? I suppose you would start to look at the potential of media rich content with …

Sandra GaudenziNews from the newsroom: an interview with Aron Pilhofer
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Learning, sharing and experiencing the “how” of Transmedia Storytelling

By Valentina Ciarapica and Suha Hazboun. This post originally appeared on Transmedia Storytelling Berlin and has been republished with permission.  During October, the Conducttr conference took place in London attracting creators, technologists, academics, producers, and all kinds of professionals involved in designing and producing transmedia storytelling projects. “Interaction” is the keyword that better defines this one-day experience: the program consisted in a series of talks given by …

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Assent: the power of virtual reality storytelling

Last Friday we had the pleasure of hosting Oscar Raby in the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol. As well as giving people the opportunity to watch his work Assent, on the Oculus Rift, he also gave a lunch time talk, outlining his journey towards producing a virtual reality documentary. In his talk, Oscar provided the context needed to understand what pushed him …

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The Whiteness Project: confronting race through interactive documentary

It’s not often I will sit and watch everything within an interactive documentary project. I often skip sections, navigate past video or glance over text – this isn’t a criticism of the documentaries necessarily, it’s more the nature of the internet – sustaining attention for a long period of time on one site is not the norm. However, when I …

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WiREDMŌV: is this the future of interactive documentary?

Although interactive documentaries are slowly gaining more recognition, their reach is often limited to academic circles, interactive documentary makers, or small communities already engaged with the field. Michael Blackledge is looking to change that with his new project WiREDMŌV; a platform that is intended to educate the public about interactive documentary and assist interactive documentary makers with distribution. Sandra Gaudenzi spoke …

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What matters to you? A collective storytelling project about the emotional value of things

by Valentina Ciarapica and Alessia Rotondo What would we like to share with the people of the future about our personal lives? This question lies at the heart of a mysterious video which shows up online out of nowhere. Things That Matter has been selected by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt of Berlin in the framework of the Anthropocene …

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Ingrid Kopp: A Field Guide to Interactive Storytelling

During the summer Ingrid Kopp, Director of Digital Initiatives at the Tribeca Film Institute, came to the Watershed, Bristol to give a talk on interactive storytelling. For members of the i-Docs community who weren’t able to attend, we’re pleased to be able to offer the full transcript, full of brilliant examples and analysis of these new forms of storytelling. Enjoy. Mandy Rose: …

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i-Docs presents: multimedia designer and visual artist Oscar Raby

24th October 2014  1PM, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol We’re pleased to announce that multimedia artist and interactive storyteller Oscar Raby is coming to Bristol to deliver a lunch time talk at the Pervasive Media Studio. Creator of the innovative and moving Assent project, Oscar is using virtual reality to tell the story of his father’s experiences in Chile during the …

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Interactive documentary: articles, events & votes

There seems to be a lot happening in the world of interactive documentary this week! Incase you had missed our daily updates, In Media Res are currently curating a week of articles concentrated around the topic of interactive documentary. There have already been three pieces published, an opening provocation asking ‘Why interactive?‘; an examination of civic engagement and i-docs, focusing on …

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Disaster Resilience Journal: interactive documentary on how we survive against natural disasters

Exciting news this week with the announcement of the Disaster Resilience Journal; an interactive documentary that examines how individuals, communities and countries around the world are building resilience in a landscape of climate change, and social, economic and cultural shifts. Funded by the European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO), the project highlights its work with the International Federation …

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Wander, Wonder, Wilderness Premiere at the ICA

Join Paul Turano on September 20th and 21st at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston for the premiere of his new film Wander, Wonder, Wilderness. This documentary project explores the urban wilds and parks of Greater Boston and celebrates the relevance of nature-based experiences in an increasingly consumption-driven technological world. One part history lesson, one part ecological perspective, and one …

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Smart Stories, Virtual Reality & Immersion: 3 Future of Storytelling shorts

In the lead up to the Future of Storytelling summit – which takes places 1-2 October in New York – they have produced a series of shorts showcasing the speakers and their work. You can see the full playlist here, but i’ve pulled out three that I feel are of the most interest to our community – enjoy! Smart Stories: Matt Adams …

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“Financing models don’t need broadcasters anymore…” – discussing new financing models with Lucia Haslauer of ZDF

This article has been republished with permission from PttP, the original post appeared here. In the lead up to the Pixel Market Finance Forum (8 Oct) – the PttP team are conducting a series of interviews with their panelists. Funding and finance is a key topic for our i-Docs community, so here’s their second interview with Lucia Haslauer, Commissioning Editor for German public …

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Cross Training at MEDIMED 2014

MEDIMED is a market for the audiovisual industry where pre-sales and sales of finished projects and documentaries are made. The 15th edition of MEDIMED, which has the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, was held at Hotel Calipolis in Sitges (Spain) on 17, 18 and 19 October. This is a really unique business space designed to facilitate …

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Bibliography

A selection of papers and publications about interactive documentary. Most are freely accessible online, some may require institutional login.

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Tools

A list of tools and further resources for creating your own interactive documentaries. Think we’re missing something? Tell us in the comments or via idocsinteractive@gmail.com…

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Research Articles

A collection of research articles and papers from i-Docs contributing editors and associates. If you have a relevant piece of research you’d like to see published here, please contact us at idocsinteractive@gmail.com

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Related websites

A collection of i-Docs related blogs, websites and portals put together by the i-Docs team. We’d love to grow this list, so please add suggestions in the comments section or via our Facebook group. If you think we’ve missed any resources off this page – please add them in the comment section below.

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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

Door into the Dark - an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

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Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?

Kate Nash is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, combining production and audience study. She has kindly provided her paper: Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?, which she presented during i-Docs 2014, in its entirety including the accompanying presentation (see …

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i-Docs & beyond: 5 things to consider

At the end of March, i-Docs 2014 took place and although I documented the event through Storify, it’s been a struggle to pull together my key takeaways as Hot Docs, Webdox, i_doc Workshop and TFI Interactive seemed to continue so many of the themes and expand upon them in interesting ways. So this has now become a much longer, two-part …

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From iPad to installation: interactive documentary on multiple platforms

Avatar Secrets, the interactive documentary for the iPad has scaled up its ambitions, installing a large scale interactive installation at Hot Docs for the duration of the festival. This is the first time that an interactive documentary has been included in the programme of North America’s largest documentary festival and it’s great to see Ramona Pringle’s work has been picked up. …

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Webdox 2014: hands-on workshops & inspiration for online storytellers

Here is the great news: this year i-Docs and Webdox are exploring the same areas, but in different ways, and in different places. i-Docs 2014 (Bristol, 20-21th of March) was organised around three themes that seemed topical to us: new production models, how to assess engagement and evaluation and new i-docs territories & platforms. We had two amazing days of explorations and, …

Sandra GaudenziWebdox 2014: hands-on workshops & inspiration for online storytellers
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i-Docs 2014: catch up from day two

A slightly belated catch up from the second day of i-Docs 2014, scroll down to see what went on! A selection of the sessions have also been recorded and will be available online over the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled. [View the story “i-Docs 2014: Friday 21″ on Storify]

Jess Liningtoni-Docs 2014: catch up from day two
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i-Docs 2014: catch up with day one

As day one of i-Docs draws to a close and delegates head towards our special performance of Choose Your Own Documentary, you can catch up with the huge amount of talks, top moments and awesome projects that have been discussed by scrolling through our Storify below: [View the story “i-Docs 2014: Thursday 20″ on Storify]

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The Prisons Memory Archive: Questioning and Engaging with Interactivity at i-Docs 2014

Guest post from Laura Aguiar, Cahal McLaughlin and Jamie McRoberts Queen’s University Belfast The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is an ongoing research project and its aim is to offer possibilities of engaging with the story of the ‘other’ in a society that is emerging from decades of political violence. One way of doing this, we believe, is through interactive documentary. …

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New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses

Guest post from Kate Nash, one of our keynote speakers at i-Docs 2014. How can we begin to conceptualise the way in which documentary is being re-thought in light of contemporary media cultures and technologies? This is the central question that the contributors to New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses explore. Taking ‘the ecological’ as a heuristic that …

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Interactive documentary for the iPad: Ramona Pringle on Avatar Secrets

Avatar Secrets - an interactive documentary for the iPad – explores the complexities of human connection in the wired world, examining the evolving nature of community, relationships, empathy and interdependence in the real world, and in the digital frontier. I caught up with Ramona ahead of her talk at i-Docs 2014 to find out more about Avatar Secrets and her step …

Jess LiningtonInteractive documentary for the iPad: Ramona Pringle on Avatar Secrets
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Choose Your Own Documentary in Tribeca Storyscapes section

Exciting news from Tribeca last week as they announce their selections for the upcoming festival. Five projects made it into the interactive Storyscapes section, including Choose Your Own Documentary – a show which is part of i-Docs 2014! Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, is a juried section at the Festival to showcase innovative and interactive …

Jess LiningtonChoose Your Own Documentary in Tribeca Storyscapes section
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Bjarke Myrthu on the role of the interface in an i-doc

“The interface is content” says Alexandre Brachet from Upian. What does this mean? The interface is no just a way to navigate through content, it is a way to place the user within a story space, and by doing so it gives roles, it explains the possibilities, it generates feelings in the users… and it therefore becomes a type of …

Sandra GaudenziBjarke Myrthu on the role of the interface in an i-doc
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FOCUS SPAIN: the first latin panel at the i-docs conference 2014

The Spain Focus panel is the first panel discussion at a conference on interactive documentary that focuses on the production of the emerging Latin field. During 1hour and 30 minutes, three projects will be presented at different stages of development: Barret Films, with projects such as “The Voices of Memory” and “0 accountable”, the first Spanish production company specialised in the production of …

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Mike Robbins: lessons learned from testing Highrise and OFFSHORE

Mike Robbins, from Helios Design Lab (the guys behind NFB’s Highrise, OFFSHORE and 17,000 Islands) has participated to the UX Series by responding to Question 5: Rapid prototyping and testing: what to test for, and when, in i-doc production? I asked Mike to tell me about the way they’ve been testing their projects and… interestingly enough… I learned that they …

Sandra GaudenziMike Robbins: lessons learned from testing Highrise and OFFSHORE
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A Door Into The Dark at i-Docs 2014

We are pleased to announce that i-Docs 2014 delegates have the chance to experience ‘Door Into The Dark’, a work-in-progress from current Pervasive Media Studio residents, Anagram: Just a block down from the busy conference, a door into the dark has been installed. Be led by the hand into a world of characters who know the true meaning of being lost …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

The first chapter of the UX Series  (on my website www.interactivefactual.net) was dedicated to open a debate on whether we should, or should not, use design thinking / UX / agile development / minimum viable product (etc…) methodologies while developing interactive documentaries. Over all the creatives that I interviewed seemed to say “yes, of course” but did not really know how, …

Sandra GaudenziThe Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler
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Smart Stories, Virtual Reality & Immersion: 3 Future of Storytelling shorts

In the lead up to the Future of Storytelling summit – which takes places 1-2 October in New York – they have produced a series of shorts showcasing the speakers and their work. You can see the full playlist here, but i’ve pulled out three that I feel are of the most interest to our community – enjoy! Smart Stories: Matt Adams …

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Making Hollow: case study & interview with Elaine McMillion-Sheldon

It has been an exciting few months for Elaine McMillion Sheldon since her session at i-Docs earlier this year, with her interactive documentary Hollow gaining impressive recognition. Following the teams Peabody Award, they have since been nominated for an Emmy within the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News category – competing against mainstream productions including the Guardian’s ‘NSA Files Decoded’ …

Jess LiningtonMaking Hollow: case study & interview with Elaine McMillion-Sheldon
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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

Door into the Dark - an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

Jess LiningtonConstructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience
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Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?

Kate Nash is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, combining production and audience study. She has kindly provided her paper: Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?, which she presented during i-Docs 2014, in its entirety including the accompanying presentation (see …

Jess LiningtonInterrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?
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Makers of interactive documentary Hollow discuss lessons learned

Yesterday afternoon the makers behind the incredibly successful interactive documentary Hollow got together online to answer some of your questions. Moderated by Opeyemi Olukemi (Digital Initiatives at Tribeca Film Institute) the Google Hangout involved Director and Producer Elaine McMillion, Sound Designer Billy Wirasnik, Technical Director and Senior Developer Robert Hall and Art Director/Designer and Architect Jeff Soyk. The team answered …

Jess LiningtonMakers of interactive documentary Hollow discuss lessons learned
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Ingrid Kopp asks Jason Brush about design thinking – in the UX Series

  The UX Series has launched two days ago, and the discussion about UX methodologies and i-docs design is already spreading… could this mean that we are hitting a hot topic?? Ingrid Kopp has just asked Jason Brush (Executive vice president of Creative and UX at POSSIBLE) to extend on her own contribution… Watch their exchange on the UX Series, and add to it if …

Sandra GaudenziIngrid Kopp asks Jason Brush about design thinking – in the UX Series
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Between the Lines: Storytelling in the New Landscape

Between the Lines festival, which took place back in March, have released a number of videos from this years festival including the whole storytelling session with Caspar Sonnen, Alexandre Brachet, William Uricchio and our very own Mandy Rose. The festival, a partnership between DocHouse and the Frontline Club, explored the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape. As well as this …

Jess LiningtonBetween the Lines: Storytelling in the New Landscape
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Jesse Shapins and James Burns ring in the web doc revolution!

Initiated at Mozfest last year, the web doc manifesto has been rumbling under the surface for the past few months. Although it’s been spoken of and added to during a number of subsequent events and meetups, it has never been quite so passionately presented as it was at the all-day TFI interactive event. Recounted by Zeega founders Jesse Shapins and …

Jess LiningtonJesse Shapins and James Burns ring in the web doc revolution!
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Henry Jenkins at Madrid Transmedia Living Lab 2012

Also have a look at Robert Pratten’s (CEO of Transmedia Storyteller LTD) keynote slides, which introduces a methodology for participatory storytelling and illustrates with examples from his work: Transmedia Living Lab, Madrid from Robert Pratten You can find out more about the Madrid Transmedia lab here.

Jess LiningtonHenry Jenkins at Madrid Transmedia Living Lab 2012

i-Docs 2011 – Florian Thalhofer

Berlin-based Florian Thalhofer is an artist, documentary filmmaker and inventor of Korsakow, a software to create database films. Below is his keynote from i-Docs 2011, where he discusses this software, what can be done with it and his current projects at the time, enjoy!

Jess Liningtoni-Docs 2011 – Florian Thalhofer
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i-Docs 2011: short documentary

A short video with some of the highlights from the 2011 symposium, including Nick Cohen (BBC) Siobhan O’Flynn (University of Toronto) and Florian Thalhofer’s (Korsakow creator) brilliant keynote:

Jess Liningtoni-Docs 2011: short documentary

Video: Transmedia for Social Documentaries

What does the word transmedia actually mean? What do documentaries need to be to ensure that they are seen in this complex media world? On this event, transmedia creators discussed ‘what “transmedia” actually means, how documentaries can adapt to take advantage of this new medium and the opportunities it offers for new storytellling techniques’. Tribeca Film Institute at The New …

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