INSITU winner of IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling 2011

The beautiful stylish and poetic interactive film INSITU has won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling 2011. Interestingly enough it was the less interactive of all the 15 projects that were presented and yet… it is so beautiful! I invite you to plunge in the poetry of INSITU by clicking here, or to read my personal views on this …

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Taxonomic discussions in the educational context: key issues in relation to interactive documentary (II)

Summary of the second session on interactive documentary Session 2. October 28, 2011 1. History of the interactive documentary genre through its stages and representative examples 2. Sampling and analysis of examples (student interaction). Modalities detection. 3. Pattern of production for the interactive documentary 4. Proposed use of interactive documentaries in the field of education and teaching 5. Case studies …

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The downloadable report comes to the tablets

The exploration of both new narrative forms and possible ways of doing business for reporting and creating documentaries has started to bear fruit in the tablets, with the iPad as the principal ‘promised land’. Let’s take a look at four examples of apps. In this article I wrote for La Vanguardia four cases are shown: Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box, Condition One, Congo, …

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 …

Transmedia views: An interview with Nuno Bernardo

Nuno Bernardo is an award-winning transmedia writer/producer and creator of the world’s first international interactive on-line teen series, Sofia’s Diary. He is also the CEO of transmedia production company beActive and author of The Producer’s Guide to Transmedia. Your background is in advertising and journalism. What element or factor would you say it was decisive to setting up your company …

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How can 3D worlds be used in documentaries? A review of One Millionth Tower

Kat Cizek, and her NFB team, have just launched Highrise’s latest baby: One Millionth Tower. This is the fifth experiment in four years of what is now becoming a networked documentary, rather than a simple idoc. When Highrise started at the NFB in 2008 it was described as a “multi-year, multi-media documentary” but I have to admit that the whole concept was not very clear …

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One Millionth Tower just launched at Mozilla Festival

Do go to Wired Magazine to watch the launch of Highrise’s brand new baby: One Millionth Tower. The project was launched by Kat Cizek just today in London at the Mozilla Festival “Media, Freedom and the Web”. There will be a full presentation of One Millionth Tower on Monday 7th that I will attend so… I’ll write  more about it then! For now… …

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A survival book on webdocs

Webdocs, a survival guide for online filmmakers may be the first book devoted to a practical view on this hot topic. His author, Matthieu Lietaert, a documentary creator himself, aims to give some tools to develop web-documentaries.

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Popcorn.js and i-docs: the start of a great relationship?

A glance at popcorn.js and its possibilities for i-docs making, one week before the release of its 1.0 version at the Mozilla Festival in London. The last article posted by Arnau Gifreu on the evolution and the future of the Internet invited me to start my collaboration with i-Docs introducing the first proposals that are coming from different studios to …

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The interactive documentary during the evolution of the Internet: giving examples of the different phases. Assumptions about the technological future.

  In this post we will close the series called “The evolution of the Internet, key factor for the interactive documentary” including the third part, which will include the conclusion and some possible future scenarios. It’s time to take the field theory to the focus, and see how technology enables a type of interfaces according to their degree of development …

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“La nuit oubliee” a French web-doc for LeMonde.fr

The 17th October 1961 a group of Algerians got killed by the French police. Fifty years after the event French newspaper Le Monde commissioned Olivier Lambert et Thomas Salva (the guys behind the brilliant Breves de Trottoirs) to do a historical web-doc on such mass crime.  Have a look to La nuit oubliee, just out – and produced by a newspaper! …

Get ready to submit your projects to TFI – January 2012

The Tribeca New Media Fund will re-accept submissions in January 2012. This is what you need to know about them (from tehir website): ABOUT The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens – integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social …

18 days in Egypt gets FTI funding!

The Tribeca Film Institute is one of the few that has been financing i-docs in the last years. We are thrilled to learn that 18 days in Egypt got $100,000 from the Tribeca New Media Fund to develop their very interesting HTML5 activist project! Well done! For more information about the other six projects that got selected do keep reading …