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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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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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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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#HACKED: Syria’s Electronic Armies – through the eyes of its makers

Launched on the 4th of October by Al Jazeera,  #Hacked is a web app that invites users to investigative a deadly cyber war in Syria, while the clock is ticking. Through mobile interviews, internet searches, and investigations, users need to un-tangle a network of cyber criminals without having their own phones hacked. Designed for mobile and tablets, but also playable …

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“How to weave a narrative between physical science, myth and human experience”

An interview with Jeremy Mendes on the use of scientific data in artistic documentary projects    The project the Canadian artist and documentary maker Jeremy Mendes is probably best known for is his pioneering interactive documentary Bear 71 (which has also been fervently discusses on i-docs.org).  After documentaries which he co-created at the NFB – among others The Seven Digital …

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Data as a Narrative Device – ‘A Means to an End and not the End itself’

An interview with Janine Steele and Loc Dao on data-driven story-telling and emotional engagement During his stay as a Fulbright Scholar in the Digital Studios of the NFB in Vancouver, Lomax Boyd, a scientist and documentary producer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, had the opportunity to work with Janine Steele and Loc Dao of NFB/Interactive. As Chief Digital Officer …

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Obliterated Families: Bringing the audience closer to the reality of life in Gaza

Recently released, Obliterated Families is an interactive documentary that draws attention to the families from Gaza whose lives were shattered during the Israeli offensive in 2014. Blending together striking images, in-depth text, infographics, animations and short videos, the project is designed to bring the audience closer to the reality of life for Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. I spoke with the authors of …

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The R/O Institute: a new accelerator for transmedia projects

Just when you thought that European countries are not investing enough in interactive content, Domenico La Porta, Head of Transmedia at Wallimage and Director of the R/O Institute, announces that the R/O Institute will open the doors in October in Charleroi (Belgium), and offer a free 6 to 9 months immersive training to selected transmedia projects. An accelerator for interactive stories at our …

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Exploring immigration, integration & identity in Good Luck Soup interactive

Good Luck Soup is a transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians, from past to present. Created by Matthew Hashiguchi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University, the interactive documentary weaves together individual stories from different generations in a series of seven chapters that, when viewed together, reflect …

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Do we need an i-doc sourcebook?

If you have worked in film/tv production you will know that the industry sourcebook is your bible: this is the place you go to to find where to hire your equipment, what is the date of the next film festival and how to get to the freelancers you need in your team. Now… we don’t have an i-doc sourcebook – is this a problem? …

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Karim Ben Khelifa on VR, empathy and how to deal with the enemy within us

VR and 360 video projects have dominated the festival landscape this year, and small and big players want to catch the train while they can. Similar to the effect of The arrival of a train at La Ciotat (1895), the illusion of “being there” is associated with a wave of enthusiasm. Immersion and empathy are the new keywords, and the hope …

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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 …