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

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

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

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 …

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From iPad to installation: interactive documentary on multiple platforms

Avatar Secrets, the interactive documentary for the iPad has scaled up its ambitions, installing a large scale interactive installation at Hot Docs for the duration of the festival. This is the first time that an interactive documentary has been included in the programme of North America’s largest documentary festival and it’s great to see Ramona Pringle’s work has been picked up. …

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Interactive documentary for the iPad: Ramona Pringle on Avatar Secrets

Avatar Secrets – an interactive documentary for the iPad – explores the complexities of human connection in the wired world, examining the evolving nature of community, relationships, empathy and interdependence in the real world, and in the digital frontier. I caught up with Ramona ahead of her talk at i-Docs 2014 to find out more about Avatar Secrets and her step …

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Mike Robbins: lessons learned from testing Highrise and OFFSHORE

Mike Robbins, from Helios Design Lab (the guys behind NFB’s Highrise, OFFSHORE and 17,000 Islands) has participated to the UX Series by responding to Question 5: Rapid prototyping and testing: what to test for, and when, in i-doc production? I asked Mike to tell me about the way they’ve been testing their projects and… interestingly enough… I learned that they …

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David Dufresne on Fort McMoney: Challenges, narrative & budget

Fort McMoney (Making of) from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo. Fort McMoney launched at IDFA 2013 and we thought our i-Docs community would be interested in an exclusive interview with its director, David Dufresne (previously known for Prison Valley). Fort McMoney speaks of the environmental issues behind the oil industry through the language of a collaborative docu-game – an ambitious challenge …

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Making Unspeak: an interview with Submarine Channel

Based on British journalist Steven Poole´s intriguing book of the same name, Submarine Channel presents Unspeak, an interactive documentary investigating the manipulative power of language. Blending filmmaking, data, technology, and design, the story of Unspeak unfolds across a series of short films, data visualizations, and a participatory dictionary in an interface designed for the web and tablet.  I spoke to …

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Audible: big steps for Finland’s web documentary scene

Audible (2013) is a 15-minute long Finnish web documentary by Yle Documentaries. It tells the story of a girl, who was born deaf, but can now hear with the help of cochlear implants. The story is visualized with watercolour backgrounds and hand drawn illustrations, giving the experience an artistic edge. I was contacted by Katri Kovula, who made the documentary and …

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Interactivity For Journalism & Story

An extended interview by Adam Westbrook with Guy Gunaratne from Storygami republished with permission on i-Docs. I’ve known Adam Westbrook for a good while now, we share a journalism alumnus and he has since become a great source of conversation for me. You could call him a collector of stories of a sort as he has spent more time than …

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Get your creative juices flowing: When gaming & interactive documentary collide

48 Hour Games, a gamified interactive choose-your-own-way documentary, is the first of its’ kind and it’s getting audiences very excited. Programmed from scratch in Flash by games company Knapnok Games, the documentary was shot during the Nordic Game Jam, an event where 300 game developers from all parts of Scandinavia, meet up and compete to create the most innovative computer …

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Interview with Elaine McMillion – producer / director of Hollow

 Elaine McMillion on Hollow Recorded December 2012 Late last year I talked to McMillion over Skype while she made the long drive to West Virginia from her home in Boston. She talked me through how the project had evolved and described her plans for the website. Six months is a long time in the development of a project like this …

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An interview with Tim Hawkins, director of Invisible Picture Show

The Invisible Picture Show is a relatively low budget project that wants to raise awareness about children in immigration detention centers. I like this project because it demonstrates well the possibilities that  cross-media campaigns offer to activist causes: it is about immersion linked to a clear call to action. I asked director Tim Hawkins to tell us more about The Invisible Picture …