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Chinese migrant workers: Their lives & their poetry

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  One of the most inspiring projects that I came across during the Asian Side of the Doc during February in Xiamen was an upcoming documentary that looked at the lives of migrant workers in China, through their poetry. The subject matter and treatment of the documentary – The Verse of …

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Creating an open source tool for non-linear storytelling

by David Dufresne. Original post here, republished with permission.  On January 14th, in a room of the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, we are a dozen people gathered around a crazy project, a simple project: Let’s build a tool for writing non-linear stories. An open source tool, open to all. In the room: some designers like Jeff Soyk (UX architect for Hollow), students like Deniz …

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Making digital history: The Dragon and the Eagle

By Colin Thomas Putting history on television can be a hugely frustrating business. One history professor I worked with found it so frustrating that on one occasion he flung his notes down in front of the cameraman and stamped on them. I could sympathise. In one television series we were cramming three hundred years into twenty-five minutes, no time for …

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The Making of Priya’s Shakti: Innovative transmedia project that attempts to change attitude towards rape victims in India

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  Title: Priya’s Shakti Genre: Multi Media-Comic book with augmented reality, street art, social media Producer: Rattapallax Inc-Ram Devineni Budget: USD 250,000 Developed at: Crossover Labs and Dok Leipzig Net lab Funded by: Tribeca New Media fund, Ford foundation Rape and gender based violence is one of the most distressing issues facing modern India. …

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A Short History of Interactivity: the revolution was coming for some time

Benjamin Hoguet (Racontr) published this originally on medium.com, it has been reposted with permission. This article belongs to a larger collection of resources about interactive and transmedia storytelling. Sign up here to receive one new article a week! Each day there are more of us interactive storytellers. Because we enjoy the freedom of creating with fewer boundaries, because we could not take …

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Learning, sharing and experiencing the “how” of Transmedia Storytelling

By Valentina Ciarapica and Suha Hazboun. This post originally appeared on Transmedia Storytelling Berlin and has been republished with permission.  During October, the Conducttr conference took place in London attracting creators, technologists, academics, producers, and all kinds of professionals involved in designing and producing transmedia storytelling projects. “Interaction” is the keyword that better defines this one-day experience: the program consisted in a series of talks given by …

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“Financing models don’t need broadcasters anymore…” – discussing new financing models with Lucia Haslauer of ZDF

This article has been republished with permission from PttP, the original post appeared here. In the lead up to the Pixel Market Finance Forum (8 Oct) – the PttP team are conducting a series of interviews with their panelists. Funding and finance is a key topic for our i-Docs community, so here’s their second interview with Lucia Haslauer, Commissioning Editor for German public …

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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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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 structure. …