epopee.me: an interview with Rodrigue Jean

The first time you take a look at Epopée.me,  it feels like this project is a very minimalist interactive documentary. In fact, the interaction goes beyond the digital world and expands into the streets of Montréal where marginalized people struggle to live their life. Rodrigue Jean, who started the project, tells us a bit more about Epopée. I-docs.org: Can you tell …

Interactive Media: the first 40 years

A guest post by Brian Winston. People might remember Barbara Kopple’s Oscar winning documentary Harlan County, USA. It was about a bitter strike in the Kentucky coal-fields in 1974. Most memorably, the company goons were so out of control they even started shooting at the film crew. But my memory of Harlan County coverage is a little different. It centres on …

Once upon a time: Interactive story telling

It’s that time of the week where we’re pulling some of the most interesting bits from the Facebook group and popping them up here; this week is focused on story telling. First up some story telling tips from Caspar Sonnen. He mentions interfaces from some of the projects presented at last years i-Docs;  GazaSderot and Prison Valley as well as Kat Cizek’s project, …

i-Docs 2012: The International Symposium on Interactive Documentary!

The programme is now up in its entirety! The symposium is spread over 2 days featuring talks from Jigar Mehta, Brett Gaylor, Kat Cizek, Submarine Channel and many many more! Look through the programme to see who else speaking and find out more about each one by clicking the links! And there is still more to come – workshops, which …

Immersive Journalism goes one step further!

  As immersive journalism is experimenting new ways to create “immersion” (see Eva Dominguez’s article on this for LaVanguardia) Nonny de la Pena goes one step further. With Hunger in L.A. she  combines filmmaking, augmented reality, and journalism to recreate a real incident that took place two years ago at a food bank line in L.A. This is a fascinating project …

Crowdsourcing, mapping and an i-doc; more links from the land of Facebook

Firstly a blog post from Patrick Meier (an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response, human rights and civil resistance) on ‘Why Bounded Crowdsourcing is Important for Crisis Mapping and Beyond’. If you’re not entirely sure what ‘Bounded Crowdsourcing’ actually is, read an earlier post from Meier here. Next is Biasmap, …

18 Days in Egypt – An interview with Jigar Mehta

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35368376] “For the first time in history, citizens are recording an actual revolution in real time. Throughout the 18 days of the 2011 uprising—in the year since—and now—Egyptians are filming pivotal events on their cell phones, taking pictures, texting, tweeting and facebooking their extraordinary bid for freedom. Now, “18 Days in Egypt”, the collaborative documentary project, aims to capture the …

Bear 71

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35267742] Just launched at Sundance, Bear 71 is a brilliant interactive documentary created by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison with the NFB Digital Studio. It’s a haunting story told from the point-of-view of a female grizzly bear – Bear 71 – about humans and animals in the Banff National Park, and how animals are being devastated in that relationship. It’s about nature, technology, …

Bringing Facebook here

We’ve had a lot of interesting links/videos/articles posted to our Facebook group so here’s a few of the best so far: Bears and interactive documentaries Bear 71 from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo. Bear 71 Live observes and records the intersection of humans, nature and technology in a live, Internet connected event. Questioning how we see the world …

Immersive reporting: the scene in 360 degrees

Photography first, and now 360-degree video have served to experiment with spatial immersion in digital journalism in order to give the spectators the option to see the scene as it revolves around them, in any direction. These days there are more and more interactive reports and documentaries using this resource. Spatial immersion is spreading. I this article I wrote for La Vanguardia I explore how spatial immersion …

Will Wright is building a new reality-game

Will Wright (the man behind the Sims, SimCity and Spore) is now thinking to use crowd sourcing to mix reality with game world… this new type of hybrid could become a new genre…  Have a look to this news article from Reuters…  

Call for Political Remix Videos

The call for Political Remix Videos (PVRs) is open until December 25th 2011. EMBED, together with the European Cultural Foundation and the Doc Next Network, call for international PVRs. Works participating will become part of EMBED events. Some of them will be included in the Doc Next Network media collection. Since last year, EMBED has been collaborating with the Doc Next Network …

The downloadable report comes to the tablets

The exploration of both new narrative forms and possible ways of doing business for reporting and creating documentaries has started to bear fruit in the tablets, with the iPad as the principal ‘promised land’. Let’s take a look at four examples of apps. In this article I wrote for La Vanguardia four cases are shown: Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box, Condition One, Congo, …