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Storytelling in VR: a round-table with Oscar Raby, Pete Bennett & Anagram

In All posts, Interviews, News & Events by Jess Linington

Towards the end of last year, I convened a conversation between multimedia artist Oscar Raby and Pervasive Media Studio residents Pete Bennett, Amy Rose and May Abdalla. To give some context, Oscar was at the Studio showing his VR documentary Assent and we thought it would be interesting to change up the interview format and allow for more of a discussion about virtual …

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Life on hold: Al Jazeera web documentary reflects on the Syrian refugee crisis

In All posts, Interviews, News & Events by Jess Linington

Update: The second phase of this project launches today with five new people, five new circumstances and personal human stories. Reem Shaddad (Al Jazeera) commented: Phase I of Life on Hold was well received and our goal of bringing attention back to the human story as opposed to focusing on numbers is our only strategy moving forward. These are stories …

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Deep into (the) Clouds: an interview with George and Minard

In All posts, Interviews by Sandra Gaudenzi

With Sundance hosting 13 Virtual Reality (VR) experiences under its New Frontier’s umbrella at the start of the year and Tribeca Film Festival showcasing projects like The Enemy in their Storyscapes line-up, we turn to a project that has been among the first to experiment with the use of Oculus Rift in a documentary context. CLOUDS, by media artist James George and …

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Expanding documentary: the impact of Living Los Sures

In All posts, Interviews, News & Events by Jess Linington

In the early 1980s, director Diego Echeverria captured five stories from the Brooklyn neighbourhood Los Sures, looking to represent the challenges it was facing; drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes and inadequate local resources. Alongside this portrait of struggle, the film also celebrated the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community. 30 years on from …

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

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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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WiREDMŌV: is this the future of interactive documentary?

In All posts, Interviews, News & Events by Jess Linington

Although interactive documentaries are slowly gaining more recognition, their reach is often limited to academic circles, interactive documentary makers, or small communities already engaged with the field. Michael Blackledge is looking to change that with his new project WiREDMŌV; a platform that is intended to educate the public about interactive documentary and assist interactive documentary makers with distribution. Sandra Gaudenzi spoke …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

In All posts, Interviews, Videos by Sandra Gaudenzi

The first chapter of the UX Series  (on my website www.interactivefactual.net) was dedicated to open a debate on whether we should, or should not, use design thinking / UX / agile development / minimum viable product (etc…) methodologies while developing interactive documentaries. Over all the creatives that I interviewed seemed to say “yes, of course” but did not really know how, …

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Points of view: putting occupied territories on the (interactive) map

In All posts, Interviews by Jess Linington

Points of View, the interactive documentary produced by Zohar Kfir, gives the viewer an incredible insight into the daily lives of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories. The basis for project is video footage from B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In 2007, B’Tselem began giving Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza …

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Interactive, purposeful storytelling meets Virtual Reality at Learn Do Share London with ‘Meet Lucy’.

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This post by Alison Norrington, originally appeared on here Story Central. The brainchild of Creative Director and PhD researcher, Nina Simoes, Meet Lucy is an innovative and interactive story that highlights the reality of housing issues in London and runs parallel to Learn Do Share. Nina brought together a smart trio to work together to produce and deliver the story …

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Constructing Door into the Dark: an insight into the immersive documentary experience

In All posts, i-Docs 2014, Interviews, Symposium, Videos by Jess Linington

Door into the Dark – an immersive documentary experience about what it means to be lost, from producers Anagram – was fully booked throughout Sheffield Doc/Fest and has been receiving nothing but praise from its’ participants since. As well as installing DITD for festival delegates at Sheffield, project creators May Abdalla and Amy Rose (Anagram) also took part in a session about …

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Netwars/out of CTRL: an interview with producer Michael Grotenhoff

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Recommended at Sheffield DocFest by keynote Rob Tercek, Netwars/Out of Ctrl is an interactive web series that explores the possibilities of cyberwarfare and our own, personal relationship with the web. I spoke to the project producer Michael Grotenhoff about his inspirations for the project, the process of production and how it’s been received so far… What prompted you to make Netwars …

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The Awra Amba Experience: collaboration, crowd-funding and community

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The Awra Amba Experience is an incredible project which I first encountered at i-Docs 2012, where Paulina Tervo (project producer/director/lead) presented the initial stages of the interactive documentary and introduced us to this inspiring community. Two years on and the project is nearing the end of a crowd-funding campaign that aims to get the interactive documentary finished and online. I …

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Transmedia storytelling: An interview with the makers of Love Radio

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Love Radio, a transmedia documentary with interactive elements, explores the process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda in a unique format; a radio soap. I spoke with Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort, the pair behind the project: What compelled you to make Love Radio?  Travelling and working in Rwanda in 2008 we met the team that created Musekeweya, a popular radio soap that is …