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i-Docs 2016 panel: VR – Inventing the medium

Virtual Reality presents creative and ethical challenges – featuring voices from the Guardian and the BBC, this panel is a chance to hear from people and organisations who are using VR to tell non-fiction stories. The embrace of Virtual Reality as a non-fiction platform has been a remarkable rapid development within emerging documentary. A wave of experimentation has followed the appearance …

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i-Docs 2016 panel: The promise of VR for non-fiction storytelling

Virtual reality has come to dominate the interactive documentary landscape over the last couple of years, presenting an exciting opportunity t0 use a new medium and for makers. This i-Docs 2016 panel responds to the varied approaches, issues and ethics that are entangled with using VR for non-fiction storytelling. Moderated by Adrian Miles (RMIT/nonfiction lab) this was one of a few key discussion at …

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Personalising interactive documentary: Digital Me case study at i-Docs 2016

Commissioned by BBC’s Chris Sizemore in 2015, Digital Me is an interactive experience that asks us to reflect on our online persona through a narrative that is deeply personalised. Produced by Sandra Gaudenzi and Helios Design Labs, the project uses data mining and face recognition to bring the user into the centre of the narrative. As a prototype, it was launched on …

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Hacking Documentary: Watch Vassiliki Khonsari’s keynote from i-Docs 2016

1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a docu-game about the Iranian revolution from iNK Stories, an independent studio founded by documentary filmmaker and anthropologist Vassiliki Khonsari and gaming veteran Navid Khonsari. Named by Independent as one of the ’10 Filmmakers to watch in 2015′, Vassiliki’s keynote at i-Docs 2016 focused on the approach, production and design of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday – coined a ‘Verite …

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New Dimensions – Exploring Virtual Reality in Africa

Ingrid Kopp, Senior Consultant at the Tribeca Film Institute describes herself on Twitter as “Endlessly thinking about documentaries, storytelling, audiences, technology, mobile, impact & engagement.” Recently, she’s been guest-curator of Virtual Reality work for the New Dimensions exhibition. i-Docs asked her to describe her involvement in the project. Ingrid writes: I was recently invited by Steven Markovitz at Big World …

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MIT public lecture: The Art, Ethics and Technology of Documentary Co-Creation (video)

Last month MIT Open Documentary Lab convened a public lecture investigating co-creation practices within documentary. Moderated by Documentary Director and MIT Visiting Artist Kat Cizek, the panel included i-Docs co-director Mandy Rose, Andrew Lowenthal, Open Documentary Lab Fellow and Executive Director of EngageMedia and Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media and principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. If …

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The Learn Do Share methodology: An interview with Lance Weiler

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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Making Hollow: case study & interview with Elaine McMillion-Sheldon

It has been an exciting few months for Elaine McMillion Sheldon since her session at i-Docs earlier this year, with her interactive documentary Hollow gaining impressive recognition. Following the teams Peabody Award, they have since been nominated for an Emmy within the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News category – competing against mainstream productions including the Guardian’s ‘NSA Files Decoded’ …

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

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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Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?

Kate Nash is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Her research is focused on emerging forms of documentary, combining production and audience study. She has kindly provided her paper: Interrogating audiences: What do we mean by engagement and evaluation?, which she presented during i-Docs 2014, in its entirety including the accompanying presentation (see …

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Makers of interactive documentary Hollow discuss lessons learned

Yesterday afternoon the makers behind the incredibly successful interactive documentary Hollow got together online to answer some of your questions. Moderated by Opeyemi Olukemi (Digital Initiatives at Tribeca Film Institute) the Google Hangout involved Director and Producer Elaine McMillion, Sound Designer Billy Wirasnik, Technical Director and Senior Developer Robert Hall and Art Director/Designer and Architect Jeff Soyk. The team answered …