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interDocsBarcelona Conference 2014 videos (english)

Part of the DocsBarcelona International Documentary Festival, interDocsBarcelona takes place annually at the end of May. The entire event is a professional meeting to disseminate, create and finance the interactive documentary. After the success of the first edition (in this link there’s a compilation of reviews of the first edition), this year (May 29- June 1) we went one step further by setting out an even more ambitious proposal including training, creation and financing of interactive projects.

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Inside the Distance: Sharon Daniel’s i-doc on restorative justice now online

INSIDE THE DISTANCE: an interactive web documentary on restorative justice by Sharon Daniel is now online, following its gallery installation last year. A touchscreen installation version of INSIDE THE DISTANCE premiered in the exhibition CONVICTIONS at STUK Kunstencentrum in September 2013.  i-Docs interviewed artist, Sharon Daniel in November about the solo exhibition, which included four of her documentary works on criminal justice, (“i-Docs in Public …

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Four interactive storytelling hacks looking for participants

Four interactive storytelling hacks on different sides of the world are looking for participants – this is an exciting opportunity to get a project idea of the ground, with hacks giving the space for new ideas, collaboration and perhaps most importantly, the chance to create a working prototype. Feast your eyes on these four upcoming hacks: First up and here in …

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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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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’ …

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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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i-docs opportunities: funding, pitching & workshops

There have been a few opportunities for interactive documentary makers over the last month, so incase you missed them, here’s a quick rundown. Most of the calls have already been posted on either our Facebook group or through Twitter – so make sure you’re following us! Future of Storytelling prize: The FoST Prize will be awarded to the most exceptional …

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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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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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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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Doc/Fest 2014: an insider’s view of the Crossover Market

Every edition of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is different, but for me this year was particularly special because I came with two hats: my usual i-doc observer one, and my new i-doc director/producer one. In other words: this year I presented a project to the Crossover Market and got selected. So, together with Mike Robbins from Helios Design Labs and Sarah Arruda, …

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The Quipu Project: a framework for participatory interactive documentary

Chaka Studio demonstrated their Quipu Project at Sheffield Doc Fest yesterday morning during the continued interactive talks. The session was a great opportunity to catch up with the projects progress since the React Hub Future Documentary Sandbox and gauge the reaction from the wider documentary community.  The interactive documentary focuses on the case of forced sterilisation in Peru, which affected …

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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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Transforming Bisbee: the role of the interactive documentary

Guest post by Allison Otto, “Bisbee” Project Director I grew up in the American Southwest and for two, amazing years I lived in a 26-foot, 1958 vintage Airstream in Bisbee, Arizona. It’s a beautiful, remote little town nestled deep in the Mule Mountains, nine miles from the Mexican border. Like many rural communities in the US, though, Bisbee is struggling. …

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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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Jonathan Harris, or the personal story as creation

Jonathan Harris, the mind behind We Feel Fine and Cowbird, among others, was in Barcelona to attend the OFFF 2012 Festival. In a packed hall, he talked about his work and his life and how both are connected. I wrote an article for La Vanguardia about it: You could say that Jonathan Harris (Vermont, 1979) is a programmer who tells stories, or …

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3WDOC on i-Docs 2012

A guest post from our friends at 3WDOC: Recently returned from Bristol, where we have participated to the i-doc Symposium 2012, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra Gaudenzi, Judith Aston, Maria Yáñez and Eva Dominguez for organizing this event dedicated to interactive documentary, and for inviting us! Here is a summary of what 3WDOC noted during …

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Brian Winston on i-Docs 2012

Thanks Brian for sharing with our community your first impressions and reflections on i-Docs 2012! Here is what what you sent us: INSTANT ILL-CONSIDERED REFLECTIONS Technicism’s essentially flaw is an apparent need to be revolutionary when, in fact, technology is evolutionary. The illusion of revolution is created basically by exhibiting profound historical amnesia augmented by hyperbolic claims of effect. Technicism …

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Max Whitby on i-Docs 2012

Max has sent me this post on the participation and authorship panel from the touchpress website: http://www.touchpress.com. As a pioneer of content-led approaches to videodisc and CD-ROM, he really does know about the deep bedrock that lies beneath our feet. Over to Max: Just back from the most excellent i-docs conference in Bristol. I spoke at one of the early …

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Editors and HTML5: Klynt, 3WDOC and Popcorn Maker

The i-docs 2012 hosted a very interesting debate about multimedia content editors. At the symposium were representatives from content editors Popcorn Maker, Klynt, and 3WDOC. The debate was very illustrative. In this article for my column The Fourth Bit in La Vanguardia, I highlight some aspects based on what it was presented and discussed there. Why talk about the HTML5 standard, about Flash, about programming …

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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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Audible: big steps for Finland’s web documentary scene

Audible (2013) is a 15-minute long Finnish web documentary by Yle Documentaries. It tells the story of a girl, who was born deaf, but can now hear with the help of cochlear implants. The story is visualized with watercolour backgrounds and hand drawn illustrations, giving the experience an artistic edge. I was contacted by Katri Kovula, who made the documentary and …

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Interview | Crowdfunding Fearless: An interactive documentary on sexual harassment

With nearly 800 film & video projects currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, getting yours noticed can be tough. However this interactive documentary by Avni Nijhawan really caught my eye. Focusing on daily sexual harassment in India, Fearless looks to go beyond the headlines to really show what it’s like to be a young women in urban India. The idea for …

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Interactivity For Journalism & Story

An extended interview by Adam Westbrook with Guy Gunaratne from Storygami republished with permission on i-Docs. I’ve known Adam Westbrook for a good while now, we share a journalism alumnus and he has since become a great source of conversation for me. You could call him a collector of stories of a sort as he has spent more time than …

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Get your creative juices flowing: When gaming & interactive documentary collide

48 Hour Games, a gamified interactive choose-your-own-way documentary, is the first of its’ kind and it’s getting audiences very excited. Programmed from scratch in Flash by games company Knapnok Games, the documentary was shot during the Nordic Game Jam, an event where 300 game developers from all parts of Scandinavia, meet up and compete to create the most innovative computer …

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Interview with Elaine McMillion – producer / director of Hollow

 Elaine McMillion on Hollow Recorded December 2012 Late last year I talked to McMillion over Skype while she made the long drive to West Virginia from her home in Boston. She talked me through how the project had evolved and described her plans for the website. Six months is a long time in the development of a project like this …

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interDocsBarcelona Conference 2014 videos (english)

Part of the DocsBarcelona International Documentary Festival, interDocsBarcelona takes place annually at the end of May. The entire event is a professional meeting to disseminate, create and finance the interactive documentary. After the success of the first edition (in this link there’s a compilation of reviews of the first edition), this year (May 29- June 1) we went one step further by setting out an even more ambitious proposal including training, creation and financing of interactive projects.

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Inside the Distance: Sharon Daniel’s i-doc on restorative justice now online

INSIDE THE DISTANCE: an interactive web documentary on restorative justice by Sharon Daniel is now online, following its gallery installation last year. A touchscreen installation version of INSIDE THE DISTANCE premiered in the exhibition CONVICTIONS at STUK Kunstencentrum in September 2013.  i-Docs interviewed artist, Sharon Daniel in November about the solo exhibition, which included four of her documentary works on criminal justice, (“i-Docs in Public …

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Four interactive storytelling hacks looking for participants

Four interactive storytelling hacks on different sides of the world are looking for participants – this is an exciting opportunity to get a project idea of the ground, with hacks giving the space for new ideas, collaboration and perhaps most importantly, the chance to create a working prototype. Feast your eyes on these four upcoming hacks: First up and here in …

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i-docs opportunities: funding, pitching & workshops

There have been a few opportunities for interactive documentary makers over the last month, so incase you missed them, here’s a quick rundown. Most of the calls have already been posted on either our Facebook group or through Twitter – so make sure you’re following us! Future of Storytelling prize: The FoST Prize will be awarded to the most exceptional …

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Doc/Fest 2014: an insider’s view of the Crossover Market

Every edition of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is different, but for me this year was particularly special because I came with two hats: my usual i-doc observer one, and my new i-doc director/producer one. In other words: this year I presented a project to the Crossover Market and got selected. So, together with Mike Robbins from Helios Design Labs and Sarah Arruda, …

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i-Docs presents Ingrid Kopp: A field guide to interactive storytelling

Technology has always changed how we tell stories but something extraordinary is happening at the moment. The speed of technological progress, coupled with the web and social media, has led to a host of new storytelling possibilities. The new storytelling paradigm has been described as participatory, cross-platform, immersive, transmedia, and interactive. But what kinds of stories are possible now? This …

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interDocsBarcelona 2014 is coming…

The interDocsBarcelona is a professional meeting to disseminate, create and finance the interactive documentary. Presentations, case studies and a debate on the new narrative forms in documentary arising from new technologies. We will have the presence of national and international experts in this field. After the success of the first edition of the event interDocsBarcelona (in this link you’ll find a compilation of reviews …

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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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DOCS.21 Documentary digital narrative festival

We are lucky these days here in Spain. This year there are interesting initiatives happening around the interactive documentary, and in this post we want to introduce a festival that deals with all forms of documentary. We will summarize the ideas of the artistic director of this new festival, Andreu Meixide, who very kindly gave us five cents worth of …

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How to produce a webdoc: experiences around the interactive documentary

Madrid, 8 and 9 May, 16 to 19 h. The DocumentaMadrid’14 festival, from 30 April to 11 May, organized by CINETECA, hosts a meeting point for professionals interested in interactive documentary. There is also an ideas laboratory originating in the EMBED and DOCMA initiatives, in collaboration with Intermediae, and with the participation of RTVE.es. Media Lab (Spanish TV). The Web …

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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, …

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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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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. …

Jess LiningtonFrom iPad to installation: interactive documentary on multiple platforms
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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, …

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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 …

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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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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’ …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!

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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:

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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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