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Killing Kennedy: reflections on interactive documentary

I’ve finally managed to experience National Geographic’s latest interactive offering ‘Killing Kennedy’ and I’m so glad I took the time to do it. The documentary is brilliantly finished and presents a seamless experience which I enjoyed beginning to end. The dual narrative between Kennedy and Oswald was central to the piece and keeping up with both sides of the story …

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Mozfest and the “let’s make it” paradigm

I think I know now why it took me three years to feel at ease at Mozfest. It is not because I am not a coder, it is because it exemplifies a paradigm shift. The fundamental attitude in an academic conference is “sit and listen”, while the one at MozFest is “move and make”. The first approach to learning is …

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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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MozFest 2013: should you go?

MozFest 2013 is back in London (Ravensbourne) in ten days time (25th-27th of October). Why should we care? I used to think this was a place for coders only. I was wrong. Or maybe what was wrong was to think that the clear distinctions between coder and non-coder was a way to position ourselves in the professional world. Wrong again; …

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Production of interactive documentary in the latin area (V)

The case of Latin America There is a group of Latin countries that are interested in interactive documentary production in Latin America, for example, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Chile, among others. We summarize some interesting projects below. Argentina For several years the Argentine newspaper “El Clarin” has produced what has been called “multimedia specials”, which are small pieces on the …

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Production of interactive documentary in the latin area (IV)

The content of this series focuses on an introduction and theoretical approach to the emerging genre of interactive documentary in the Spanish and Latin area. Several examples are cited and three significant projects produced in recent years in the Spanish area are discussed in depth: Guernika, pintura de guerra (CCRTVi and Haiku Media, 2007), Las Voces de la Memoria (RTVE, Association of Relatives of …

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The Future of Documentary is happening in Bristol

The first group meeting of REACT’s Future of Documentary Sandbox happened today in Bristol. This is exciting stuff: 6 innovative projects were selected  to explore new models of authorship and ownership within the i-docs sphere, 6 projects to push ahead the questions that we can see emerging and to which we have no answer yet, 6 projects where academics and …

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Production of interactive documentary in the latin area (III)

  The content of this series focuses on an introduction and theoretical approach to the emerging genre of interactive documentary in the Spanish and Latin area. Several examples are cited and three significant projects produced in recent years in the Spanish area are discussed in depth: Guernica, pintura de guerra (CCRTVi and Haiku Media, 2007), Las Voces de la Memoria (RTVE, Association of Relatives …

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Production of interactive documentary in the latin area (II)

Figure 1. Los niños que nunca volvieron.  Photographs of children who never returned from the war The content of this series focuses on an introduction and theoretical approach to the emerging genre of interactive documentary in the Spanish and Latin area. Several examples are cited and three significant projects produced in recent years in the Spanish area are discussed in …

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Production of interactive documentary in the latin area (I)

The content of this series focuses on an introduction to the new format of interactive documentary in the Spanish and Latin area. Several examples are cited and three representative projects produced recently in the Spanish area are discussed in depth: Guernika, pintura de guerra (CCRTVi and Haiku Media, 2007), Las Voces de la Memoria (RTVE, Association of Relatives of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients of …

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Interactive documentary and the future of journalism

Snowfall, a New York Times interactive experience which was released in December 2012, brought with it tweets hailing the piece as “the future of journalism”. More recently The Guardian released ‘Firestorm’, which again prompted the same response (from me included…) And the Huffington Post added Elaine Macmillion’s Hollow into the same category stating, ” Anyone who saw promise for the future …

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Participatory Documentary [and the city]: A research project from Daryl Mulvihill

Interactive documentary crosses over into a number of disciplines and urban ism is no exception. Katerina Cizek’s work with Highrise and McMillion’s recent documentary Hollow both explore people’s relationships to the environments they live in and how they could be improved. Architect and urban designer Daryl Mulvihill is continuing this research through a project entitled Participatory Documentary [and the city].  His company dmau ‘s work …

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The Nth screen: technology that brings us together in the real world

As new technologies increasingly shrink the physical distances between us, allowing us to connect with anyone, anywhere. Is there a gap in the market for technology that brings us together in the real world? Developed by Tim Kindberg and Charlotte Crofts, with ‘pump priming’ funding from REACT, the Nth screen works by turning a group of phones and tablets into …

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The ‘linear turn’ in i-docs – a provocation

I have just returned from delivering a workshop on i-docs at the Freiburger Film Forum, alongside Florian Thalhofer, inventor of the Korsakow system. It was great to see Florian again and our respective talks sparked a lively discussion between us on the evolution of interactive documentaries. As two of the pioneers in the field – Florian having invented Korsakow over …

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InterDocs Barcelona 2013 /First interactive documentary conference in the latin area

  The InterDocsBarcelona is a session to understand, disseminate and consider the interactive documentary. Throughout the day there will be presentations, case studies and a debate on the new narrative forms in documentary arising from new technologies. We will have the presence of national and international experts in this field. WHERE: Auditorium La Pedrera– Provença, 261 WHEN: On Wednesday May 29th from 9:00 to …