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First interactive documentary specialization of Spain in the Masters Degree in Creative Documentary at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

One of the most prestigious documentary references in Spain and Latin America is the Master of Creative Documentary imparted at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Recognized theorists and practitioners come together and taught master classes and seminars with the aim of forming  a new elite of filmmakers each year. Among them we highlight Josep Maria Català, Roman Gubern, Isaki …

Jonathan Harris is back, and this time it is an i-doc!

Have a look to this interview with social network visualization master Jonathan Harris. He is working on an i-doc on lesbian porn (rather unusual, I must say). It will be a format full of 10: 10 interviews, 10 seconds long video clips, 10 days etc… For now it is exhibited at the Pace/MacGill Gallery in NYC, but it is soon …

Global Lives – collective production, open video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm-VTHCPpHc&feature=relmfu]   Since 2004, getting on for a thousand filmmaker volunteers have between them recorded, translated and assembled footage following one day in the life of ten world citizens, chosen to reflect key global demographic realities. Decisions in the project are made by a collective. All the content is licensed under Creative Commons and is going to become an open archive. The …

Interactivity technologies, key factor for the interactive documentary

The interactive documentary is a genre that is based on the basis of documentary images but that would not exist without the interactive technology. That is why we consider it appropriate to present this introduction and contextualization that marked the birth of such technologies a few decades ago.The history of interactivity technologies has been extensively studied in the research by …

The docu-game. Towards the immersive mode

The documentary genre is one of the most powerful tools for telling non-fiction stories about reality. Its numerous applications have helped the documentary become a cornerstone of the film industry, ever since the first documentary film Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922), which shows the media’s powerful inclination towards immersing audiences in the lives of other people and places. …

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Research questions and compared methodology to establish a taxonomic study of the interactive documentary

To establish a taxonomic proposal, I propose in this section some possible questions to develop this framework and a methodological approach based on the study of the two components that have enabled the interactive documentary, the documentary genre and the interactive media. The main questions arising from this work and which may provide the basis for the subsequent taxonomic proposal …

Where we come from. Introduction and initial ingredients to build a correct taxonomic proposal

To begin to establish a coherent taxonomic proposal of the the intertactive documentary field, we must first study the process of convergence between two apparently seemingly very different areas of communication, namely the evolution of the documentary genre on one hand, and the emergence of digital media and their rapid expansion in various fields in recent decades, on the other. …

The talented user (users as documentary agents)

The purpose of this post is to nudge discussion on the role of the user in interactive documentaries (i-docs), and specifically to consider what capabilities we might want those users to have. I shall refer to those capabilities as their ‘talents’. And I’ll begin with a suggestion that the key distinction to be made between interactive and non-interactive documentary is …

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Some Thoughts on Social Change through Story-telling

In addition to their obvious contributions to non-fiction narrative media, the unique characteristics of interactive documentary may find another area of usefulness in cultural and social anthropology, especially as paradigm shifts continue to evolve regarding the power relationships between those being “studied” and those who are doing the “studying.” Beginning in the 1960s, traditional techniques for conducting ethnographic field research …

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Multimedia content editors

The production of multimedia specials has a lot in common with the artisanal process. Apart from the narrative work, one has to put the pieces together, which involves web programming. The lack of editors and content managers which can adapt to the needs of each project has obliged people to use a made-to-measure programming method for each job. The necessity demands it, and the …

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An exclusive interview with Katerina Cizek

Highrise is probably the most exciting interactive documentary umbrella of the year. One of its sub-projects, Out My Window, has just been nominated for an International Digital Emmy in the Non-Fiction category. And now Out My Window presents its own off spring: Participate which showcases your photos and stories out of highrise windows around the world. Katerina Cizek, Highrise’s Director at …

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The i-doc as a relational object

Highrise – multiple bridges into the layers of reality What are i-docs, and why are they more than just documentaries done with digital technologies? You will find all sort of new terminologies that can fit into the i-docs family: webdos, docu-games, collab docs, transmedia docs, cross-media docs… or just interactive documentaries. This can seem all very confusing, but really what …

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When documentary space becomes a whole city

Most people would agree with the idea that digital media has totally changed the way we produce, distribute and view documentaries. It is easy to see how digital cameras, digital edit suites and online distribution have become the norm in the documentary world, it is harder to see how much new media has infiltrating the whole concept behind what John …

Storytelling and interactive documentary

When discussing what is new about interactive documentaries, I am genuinely excited by the possibilities for using Web 2.0 to create community hubs through participatory documentary making. The producer/director often assumes the role of a curator and takes responsibility for creating a narrative framework as a catalyst for audience-generated content, leading to the possibility of immediate dialogue with and between …

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It is sleek and it works; is this enough?

“Brèves de Trottoirs” (translatable as “Sidewalk Shorts”) is a 2010/2011 stylish French multi-platform documentary from writer Olivier Lambert and photojournalist Thomas Salva. The aim is to portray what they call “daily celebrities” living in  a complex city such as Paris. Their videos of Parisians with interesting backstories has appeared online and on television, and is in the process of becoming …