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i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary

Released earlier this year, i-Docs: The Evolving Practices of Interactive Documentary looks at the creative practices, purposes and ethics that lie behind these emergent forms. The book is structured around three themes, with its editor introducing each section: ‘Co-Creation’, by Mandy Rose; ‘Methods’, by Sandra Gaudenzi; and ‘Horizons’, by Judith Aston. Some of the contributions were originally papers at i-Docs …

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How to tell the refugee story? | Guest post from Veronique Mistiaen

The complexities of ‘the refugee story’ have formed the basis for a number of interactive and immersive projects over the past few years. Standout examples include Submarine Channel’s online interactive Refugee Republic, Aardman and BBC collaboration We Wait and more recently, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities commission Future Aleppo. Journalist Veronique Mistiaen has looked at a number of creative approaches to the …

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VR for News: The New Reality? | Reuters Institute Report

Reuters Institute have released a must-read report by Zillah Watson, who has led the editorial development of VR experimentation at the BBC. VR for News: The New Reality? examines ongoing developments in VR, the major challenges – both in terms of content and application, and technology – and what the future of VR might look like for news organisations around the world. “The …

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The technologies behind modern i-docs | Guest post from Michael Geraci

In the two decades that I’ve worked as a multimedia professional and educator, I have experienced the constantly shifting sands of digital platforms used for interactive media. I’ve developed multimedia projects in HyperCard, Director, Flash, and all versions of HTML. A recent deep dive into the current state of the i-doc has not only renewed my passion for the digital …

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Interview: Zohar Kfir on interactive VR project Testimony

Selected by Time as one of the best VR experiences at Tribeca earlier this year, Testimony is a project still in its first iteration, according to creator Zohar Kfir. The piece is an ongoing interactive documentary delivered in virtual reality that gathers stories from survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing. I spoke with Zohar about her motivations for …

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Alternate Realities in Latin America & other dispatches from Sheffield Doc/Fest ’17

Announced over the weekend, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the British Council will be taking a selection of work currently being shown in theAlternate Realities exhibition on tour to Latin America. Between July and November, nine projects will be shown at DocMontevideo, Uruguay, DOCSP, Brazil, and Noviembre Electrónico, Argentina. The British Council-supported tour is central to Doc/Fest’s strategy of connecting audiences from across the …

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Navigating Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017

Starting this Friday and running until 14 June, the Alternate Realities programme at Sheffield Doc/Fest features a great selection of talks and projects from the interactive and immersive documentary field. The majority of the talks this year are part of the Alternate Realities summit which kicks off on Sunday. A day curated by digital creative Dan Tucker and hosted by May Abdalla …

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Catching up with the creators of The World in Ten Blocks

Released at the end of 2016, ‘The World in Ten Blocks‘ is still attracting attention in the interactive documentary field, featuring in the Alternate Realities Exhibition at this years Sheffield Doc/Fest. The project explores the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs in Toronto’s Bloorcourt neighbourhood through an i-doc that weaves together photos, video and text with a first-person perspective that places you …

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Why do interactive stories matter?

Why do interactive stories matter, especially after the Brexit and Trump vote? This was the springboard for a discussion held earlier this week for the London launch of the recently published i-Docs book. Organised by Sandra Gaudenzi, the event was part of “disLAB presents”, a series of free encounters from the Digital and Interactive Storytelling Lab at Westminster University. Attended by industry folk, …

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12 fully-funded collaborative PhDs with industry partners

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training has been awarded 12 fully-funded PhD studentships from the National Productivity Investment Fund to in October 2017. Each studentship is a collaboration between one of the three universities’ research centres and an industrial partner that guarantees training and access to facilities, a variety of internships/placements and in some instances co-supervision. All students will be part …

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Light into VR darkness – an in-depth interview with Arnaud Colinart

When directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney were working on their documentary Notes on Blindness, their attention was on finding a filming style that could convey the deepest emotions sensed in John Hull’s voice – a professor of religious education at Birmingham University that went blind in 1983 and spent much of a decade recording his journal on tape as …

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The ups and down of interactive factuals

  I have just returned from the Doc Tank Laboratory in Prague, where I was invited to mentor 5 interactive projects and lead them from concept to pitch in 4 days. Luckily enough, organizer Miriam Ryndová had lined up a great team of experts: William Uricchio (MIT Open Doc Lab), Arnau Gifreu (Transmedia Expert), Suzanna Lotz (Transmedia Expert), Bruno Choiniere (Akufen Studio), John MacFarlane (POV Digital). Christian Popp (Zuzu Productions) and Arjanne Laan (William de Kooning …