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Gaming the news: Juliana Ruhfus on pushing the boundaries of investigative journalism

Award-winning journalist Juliana Ruhfus has spent a decade working as a reporter and producer for British and international broadcasters, specialising in programme making and investigative work. I caught up with her ahead of  i-Docs 2016, where she will be talking about her interactive journalism projects with Al Jazeera: Could you describe yourselves and your work? I am a senior reporter and …

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Interactive & immersive true stories for the body, as well as the mind

Anagram spent 2015 scooping the Storyscapes award at Tribeca Film Festival, staging immersive experiences at the Tower of London, forming part of the Performing Reality line-up at IDFA Doclab 2015 and creating an immersive documentary installation directed by Caroline Williams, at the Young Vic Theatre that sought to humanise the Syrian war. I caught up with Amy Rose and May Abdalla ahead of their participation at i-Docs …

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Simplicity & storytelling: Catch up on IDFA DocLab 2015

VR is the big showstopper at the moment, with a lot of festivals and conferences focusing on grappling with the issues of making non-fiction work in this new medium. In this whirlwind of hype, it feels as though projects using other methods of interactive storytelling are sidelined – or at least don’t receive the attention they deserve because they aren’t this years big thing. …

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Digging deeper into the IDFA 2015 Doclab selection

Fifteen projects are competing for the IDFA 2016 DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling this November – some are playful experimentations, others explore complex situations and all employ new techniques to tell a story. Here’s a run-down of them all, with handy links to each project (if available): The Deeper They Bury Me by Ted Biggs/Angad Bhalla (Canada, 2015) An NFB project, The Deeper They …

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Interactive documentary, immersive journalism & the future of TV: 4 hacks looking for participants

The cross-discipline nature of interactive documentary production has led to the adoption and development of different production styles – one of which is the hackathon. For those who don’t know, the hackathon model has its’ roots firmly in the software world, but has been modified and adapted to work with interactive projects, bringing new benefits for participants. They draw together people from …

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Funding, production & distribution: what happens when industry meets interactive documentary

There were a few panels at this year’s SunnySide of the Doc festival which focused on transmedia and interactive documentary developments in specific regions. I attended both the Nordic and German panels to get a sense of where Northern Europe – specifically industry – is, in terms developing, funding and distributing this type of content. The Nordic panel involved 3 transmedia producers with SWIM, seasoned Norwegian …

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Soundhunters: an interactive documentary experience capturing the world in samples

Recently released on the Arte site, Soundhunters is an interactive documentary exploring the connection between sound and culture. At the centre of the project is four interactive shorts about four renowned musicians immersed in the heart of four cities across the globe, looking for sounds and inspiration. Their encounters with urban minorities in Sao Paulo, Lagos, New York and Berlin lead to …

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Save the date! i-Docs 2016 is set to be our biggest symposium yet

We’re thrilled to announce that i-Docs 2016 will take place on 2 – 4th March at the Watershed in Bristol, hosted by the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England . Themes of this year’s three day event will be: Tools for Thought – interactive documentary platforms for production, teaching and research; The Uses of Immersion – …

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Forward/Story: The pirates of future storytelling plot and explore their craft

Fellow Pervasive Media Studio resident and Splash & Ripple’s Creative in Chief Rosie Poebright has just returned from Forward/Story; a place in Costa Rica where the pirates of future storytelling gather to plot and explore their craft… She has kindly allowed us to repost a blog about her experiences there: I’ve been wondering how to write about what I know will become a …

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We’re hiring! Research Fellow in Digital Cultures: Interactive Documentary

Research Fellow in Digital Cultures: Interactive Documentary (1 year fixed term and part-time 0.5 FTE) From webdocs to Virtual Reality, docugames to data storytelling and personalisation; digital culture has seen the emergence and proliferation of interactive and participatory documentary forms, and the transformation of twentieth century modes of documentary production, exhibition and reception. The i-Docs group within the Digital Cultures …

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Sunnyside of the Doc: Assessing the impact of interactive projects

“We should not talk only about audience volume – we want to talk about varied measures of impact” – this statement framed the following discussion on impact for interactive works. A call to move beyond metrics and into a deeper assessment of impact measurement. Convened by Storycode’s Benjamin Hoguet during the Sunnyside of the Doc Sunnylab sessions last week, the varied …

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Representing the unfilmable: Nonny de la Peña on VR & ‘immersive journalism’

From a realisation that the digital sense of presence is a powerful thing, to being dubbed the ‘Godmother of VR’, Nonny de la Peña took us through her experiments in ‘immersive journalism’ at a recent lunchtime talk in Bristol, followed by a Q&A with DCRC director Mandy Rose. — It was an account of a ‘rape in cyberspace‘ that first drew Nonny’s …

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Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL 3

After the success of the last two MIX DIGITAL conferences, Bath Spa University is hosting Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL 3 in the newly completed Commons building at the Newton Park Campus, just outside of Bath, UK. Confirmed keynotes include Naomi Alderman talking about how and why a literary novelist came to be the imaginative power behind the hugely successful apps, Zombies! …