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Why do interactive stories matter?

Why do interactive stories matter, especially after the Brexit and Trump vote? This was the springboard for a discussion held earlier this week for the London launch of the recently published i-Docs book. Organised by Sandra Gaudenzi, the event was part of “disLAB presents”, a series of free encounters from the Digital and Interactive Storytelling Lab at Westminster University. Attended by industry folk, …

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12 fully-funded collaborative PhDs with industry partners

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training has been awarded 12 fully-funded PhD studentships from the National Productivity Investment Fund to in October 2017. Each studentship is a collaboration between one of the three universities’ research centres and an industrial partner that guarantees training and access to facilities, a variety of internships/placements and in some instances co-supervision. All students will be part …

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Light into VR darkness – an in-depth interview with Arnaud Colinart

When directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney were working on their documentary Notes on Blindness, their attention was on finding a filming style that could convey the deepest emotions sensed in John Hull’s voice – a professor of religious education at Birmingham University that went blind in 1983 and spent much of a decade recording his journal on tape as …

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The ups and down of interactive factuals

  I have just returned from the Doc Tank Laboratory in Prague, where I was invited to mentor 5 interactive projects and lead them from concept to pitch in 4 days. Luckily enough, organizer Miriam Ryndová had lined up a great team of experts: William Uricchio (MIT Open Doc Lab), Arnau Gifreu (Transmedia Expert), Suzanna Lotz (Transmedia Expert), Bruno Choiniere (Akufen Studio), John MacFarlane (POV Digital). Christian Popp (Zuzu Productions) and Arjanne Laan (William de Kooning …

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Drone hacking and the next generation of storytellers

As we are launching a brand new MA/lab in digital and interactive storytelling (disLAB) at Westminster University, we have been internally debating which are the essential skills that the next generation of storytellers will need in order to succeed in our digital media landscape. The disLAB team, Dr David Dunkley Gyimah, Dr Massimiliano Fusari and myself, are having weekly brainstorms to map out the core values …

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#HACKED: Syria’s Electronic Armies – through the eyes of its makers

Launched on the 4th of October by Al Jazeera,  #Hacked is a web app that invites users to investigative a deadly cyber war in Syria, while the clock is ticking. Through mobile interviews, internet searches, and investigations, users need to un-tangle a network of cyber criminals without having their own phones hacked. Designed for mobile and tablets, but also playable …

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“How to weave a narrative between physical science, myth and human experience”

An interview with Jeremy Mendes on the use of scientific data in artistic documentary projects    The project the Canadian artist and documentary maker Jeremy Mendes is probably best known for is his pioneering interactive documentary Bear 71 (which has also been fervently discusses on i-docs.org).  After documentaries which he co-created at the NFB – among others The Seven Digital …

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Play #Hacked and don’t get hacked

Al Jazeera English launches a mobile game about the Syrian cyberwar: #HACKED – Syria’s Electronic Armies. Learning from her experience while producing Pirate Fishing in 2012, Juliana Ruhfus, senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigative and current affairs strand, has decided to go mobile for her second interactive investigation. Pushing the boundaries of traditional journalism,  #HACKED is Al Jazeera’s latest experiment …

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Cyber Chile

It is amazing how much one can learn in 5 days. I am just back from Santiago del Chile, where I spent 5 days far from “other things to do” and free to listen, observe, absorb and let connections happen. Mike Robbins and myself were invited by Maria Court (remember The Quipu Project?), Enrique Rivera (Director of the Media Art …

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Data as a Narrative Device – ‘A Means to an End and not the End itself’

An interview with Janine Steele and Loc Dao on data-driven story-telling and emotional engagement During his stay as a Fulbright Scholar in the Digital Studios of the NFB in Vancouver, Lomax Boyd, a scientist and documentary producer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, had the opportunity to work with Janine Steele and Loc Dao of NFB/Interactive. As Chief Digital Officer …

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Obliterated Families: Bringing the audience closer to the reality of life in Gaza

Recently released, Obliterated Families is an interactive documentary that draws attention to the families from Gaza whose lives were shattered during the Israeli offensive in 2014. Blending together striking images, in-depth text, infographics, animations and short videos, the project is designed to bring the audience closer to the reality of life for Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. I spoke with the authors of …

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Interactive Digital Stories Track – Madeira Film Festival

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute and The University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF) are organizing the Madeira Film Festival – Interactive Digital Stories Track. In its first edition, the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track aims to foster an international discussion about nature and sustainability, accepting interactive documentaries submissions themed in connection …

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Chinese migrant workers: Their lives & their poetry

By Jaya Mahajan. Originally published on Factual for Asia – republished with permission.  One of the most inspiring projects that I came across during the Asian Side of the Doc during February in Xiamen was an upcoming documentary that looked at the lives of migrant workers in China, through their poetry. The subject matter and treatment of the documentary – The Verse of …

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Creating an open source tool for non-linear storytelling

by David Dufresne. Original post here, republished with permission.  On January 14th, in a room of the Open Documentary Lab at MIT, we are a dozen people gathered around a crazy project, a simple project: Let’s build a tool for writing non-linear stories. An open source tool, open to all. In the room: some designers like Jeff Soyk (UX architect for Hollow), students like Deniz …

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Making digital history: The Dragon and the Eagle

By Colin Thomas Putting history on television can be a hugely frustrating business. One history professor I worked with found it so frustrating that on one occasion he flung his notes down in front of the cameraman and stamped on them. I could sympathise. In one television series we were cramming three hundred years into twenty-five minutes, no time for …

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

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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A Short History of Interactivity: the revolution was coming for some time

Benjamin Hoguet (Racontr) published this originally on medium.com, it has been reposted with permission. This article belongs to a larger collection of resources about interactive and transmedia storytelling. Sign up here to receive one new article a week! Each day there are more of us interactive storytellers. Because we enjoy the freedom of creating with fewer boundaries, because we could not take …

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Learning, sharing and experiencing the “how” of Transmedia Storytelling

By Valentina Ciarapica and Suha Hazboun. This post originally appeared on Transmedia Storytelling Berlin and has been republished with permission.  During October, the Conducttr conference took place in London attracting creators, technologists, academics, producers, and all kinds of professionals involved in designing and producing transmedia storytelling projects. “Interaction” is the keyword that better defines this one-day experience: the program consisted in a series of talks given by …

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“Financing models don’t need broadcasters anymore…” – discussing new financing models with Lucia Haslauer of ZDF

This article has been republished with permission from PttP, the original post appeared here. In the lead up to the Pixel Market Finance Forum (8 Oct) – the PttP team are conducting a series of interviews with their panelists. Funding and finance is a key topic for our i-Docs community, so here’s their second interview with Lucia Haslauer, Commissioning Editor for German public …

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What will we do when we get there? Anticipating Digital Broadcast Archives

Guest post from Joe Smith, Kim Hammond and George Revill , The Open University The Earth in Vision project is exploring the potential and significance of digital broadcast archives (DBAs), looking at environment related media as a case study. We are working specifically with fifty hours of BBC broadcast archive of environmental programmes from the late 1950s onwards. In addition to …

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Webdocs for social change: a guest post from Carles Sora

Original text written by Carles Sora for CCCB LAB Blog (2014) and republished with permission. Over the past few years we’ve seen the emergence of online interactive documentaries, a documentary sub-genre that straddles documentary practice and interactive design. These webdocs are now attracting the interest of European authors, festivals, producers and television networks. In late May, the DocsBarcelona documentary festival organised a …

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New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses

Guest post from Kate Nash, one of our keynote speakers at i-Docs 2014. How can we begin to conceptualise the way in which documentary is being re-thought in light of contemporary media cultures and technologies? This is the central question that the contributors to New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses explore. Taking ‘the ecological’ as a heuristic that …

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Reflections on Firestorm: Guest post from Mary Mitchell

The following is a guest post from Mary Mitchell with her thoughts on the Guardian’s interactive documentary, Firestorm. The Guardian’s second foray into interactive documentary, ‘Firestorm’, is a beautifully crafted piece of immersive storytelling. Centered on photographs taken by The Holmes Family family fleeing a Tasmanian bushfire, the project crafts interviews, photographs, text and a breathtaking soundtrack into a linear structure. …

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Gaming the news: Juliana Ruhfus on pushing the boundaries of investigative journalism

Award-winning journalist Juliana Ruhfus has spent a decade working as a reporter and producer for British and international broadcasters, specialising in programme making and investigative work. I caught up with her ahead of  i-Docs 2016, where she will be talking about her interactive journalism projects with Al Jazeera: Could you describe yourselves and your work? I am a senior reporter and …

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Interactive & immersive true stories for the body, as well as the mind

Anagram spent 2015 scooping the Storyscapes award at Tribeca Film Festival, staging immersive experiences at the Tower of London, forming part of the Performing Reality line-up at IDFA Doclab 2015 and creating an immersive documentary installation directed by Caroline Williams, at the Young Vic Theatre that sought to humanise the Syrian war. I caught up with Amy Rose and May Abdalla ahead of their participation at i-Docs …

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An appetizer for Filming Revolution at i-Docs 2016

Alisa Lebow on interface design, curational databases beyond archives and dynamic relationality Before coming to i-Docs 2016 to share her ambitious project Filming Revolution with us, we had the opportunity to talk to filmmaker and media scholar Alisa Lebow and get some inspiring ‘food for thought’ as an appetizer. In my opinion it’s important for people to have an experience …

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Soundhunters: an interactive documentary experience capturing the world in samples

Recently released on the Arte site, Soundhunters is an interactive documentary exploring the connection between sound and culture. At the centre of the project is four interactive shorts about four renowned musicians immersed in the heart of four cities across the globe, looking for sounds and inspiration. Their encounters with urban minorities in Sao Paulo, Lagos, New York and Berlin lead to …

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

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

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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Data-mining, privacy & personalisation: An interview with Matt Adams

Matt Adams is a co-founder of Blast Theory, an artists’ group making interactive work based in Brighton in the UK. Their latest project Karen is a smartphone app that uses psychological profiling in the background as you interact. Karen is a life coach who is happy to help you work through a few things in your life. However, as you chat …

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

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 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

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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News from the newsroom: an interview with Aron Pilhofer

More than half of The Guardian’s readership chooses the online experience (The Guardian, 2012). That makes more than 6 million monthly web readers, against less than 5 million print readers. What would you do if you had to secure a profitable future to such newspaper? I suppose you would start to look at the potential of media rich content with …

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WiREDMŌV: is this the future of interactive documentary?

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

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

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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Interdocs Barcelona 2016 – A Closer Look Into User-Centered Development of Interactive Documentaries

by Joanna Camargo InterDocsBarcelona 2016 was filled with news from the interactive storytelling world. All different kinds of makers and audiences came together at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona to hear about the newest and the prize-winning projects of the industry. Data usage and its many implications, together with the refugee crisis, were recurrent subjects in the presentations made …

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Explore ‘Alternate Realities’ at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off this weekend and there’s loads on offer for those interested in the field of interactive documentary. Under the umbrella of ‘Alternate Realities’, the programme includes 14 immersive experiences in the Millennium Gallery and beyond, and 12 Virtual Reality documentaries in Site Gallery and The Space – plus talks, panels and more. To navigate through this huge offering, i’ve compiled a …

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interDocsBarcelona 2016 / 23-29 June – Interactive Pitch, online screenings and Popathon

In the first post we introduced the new edition of interDocsBarcelona and its main activity, the conference. Here we will explain the other parts of the event: the interactive pitch, Popathon, online screenings and Meeting Point. b) Interactive Pitch: a financing and promotion platform for interactive and transmedia documentary projects. The Interactive Pitch consists on a presentation of 4 interactive projects in front …

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VR stole the show at TFI Interactive

Tribeca Film Festival took place last month and along with a huge selection of traditional films, shone a light on all things interactive with Storyscapes, the interactive playground, the one-day interactive conference and the brand new VR arcade and Maker spaces. Whilst VR continues to receive a lot of attention from just about everyone, everywhere, Tribeca balanced the focus with a …

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interDocsBarcelona 2016 / 23-29 June – The conference

The nineteenth edition of DocsBarcelona will open on Wednesday 25th of May with Sonita, by the Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. The closing will be on Sunday 29th of May with the awards ceremony. Here is a summary of the last edition (2015): interDocsBarcelona is the interactive and transmedia documentary section of DocsBarcelona, a professional meeting to understand, disseminate, create, finance and exhibit the interactive documentary. Here you …

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COME/IN/DOC Documentary Series – Episode 1 – Part 2

In our previous post we explained the story behind the experimental project COME/IN/DOC, and last week, during the 4rth edition of the i-Docs Conference we launched the last part of the transmedia project: the Documentary Series. Very happy to say one week after the release that important people in the field said to me ‘thank you’ for this resource, which may …

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i-Docs 2016 Final Programme Online

…. and here are some of the events you should definitely not miss… Alisa Lebow – Creator of Filming Revolution kicks off the event on Wednesday March 2nd with her keynote Following the Form(less): Exploring the Logic of the Non-narrative. This first day then closes with a ‘special’ Made in Bristol & VR Bazaar. Over the next two days  – …

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Simplicity & storytelling: Catch up on IDFA DocLab 2015

VR is the big showstopper at the moment, with a lot of festivals and conferences focusing on grappling with the issues of making non-fiction work in this new medium. In this whirlwind of hype, it feels as though projects using other methods of interactive storytelling are sidelined – or at least don’t receive the attention they deserve because they aren’t this years big thing. …

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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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To VR or not to VR: this is not the question

I was at IDFA DocLab earlier in the week and my head is still spinning with VR experiences that showed me the limit between the so called 2D “screen media” and the 3D “immersive media”. I have to admit: I find it difficult to get my own prospective on this change of canvas. What is this extra 3rd dimension adding …

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Digging deeper into the IDFA 2015 Doclab selection

Fifteen projects are competing for the IDFA 2016 DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling this November – some are playful experimentations, others explore complex situations and all employ new techniques to tell a story. Here’s a run-down of them all, with handy links to each project (if available): The Deeper They Bury Me by Ted Biggs/Angad Bhalla (Canada, 2015) An NFB project, The Deeper They …

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Interactive documentary, immersive journalism & the future of TV: 4 hacks looking for participants

The cross-discipline nature of interactive documentary production has led to the adoption and development of different production styles – one of which is the hackathon. For those who don’t know, the hackathon model has its’ roots firmly in the software world, but has been modified and adapted to work with interactive projects, bringing new benefits for participants. They draw together people from …

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Funding, production & distribution: what happens when industry meets interactive documentary

There were a few panels at this year’s SunnySide of the Doc festival which focused on transmedia and interactive documentary developments in specific regions. I attended both the Nordic and German panels to get a sense of where Northern Europe – specifically industry – is, in terms developing, funding and distributing this type of content. The Nordic panel involved 3 transmedia producers with SWIM, seasoned Norwegian …

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Soundhunters: an interactive documentary experience capturing the world in samples

Recently released on the Arte site, Soundhunters is an interactive documentary exploring the connection between sound and culture. At the centre of the project is four interactive shorts about four renowned musicians immersed in the heart of four cities across the globe, looking for sounds and inspiration. Their encounters with urban minorities in Sao Paulo, Lagos, New York and Berlin lead to …

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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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The Quipu Project: a framework for participatory interactive documentary

Chaka Studio demonstrated their Quipu Project at Sheffield Doc Fest yesterday morning during the continued interactive talks. The session was a great opportunity to catch up with the projects progress since the React Hub Future Documentary Sandbox and gauge the reaction from the wider documentary community. The interactive documentary focuses on the case of forced sterilisation in Peru, which affected …

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i-Docs & beyond: 5 things to consider

At the end of March, i-Docs 2014 took place and although I documented the event through Storify, it’s been a struggle to pull together my key takeaways as Hot Docs, Webdox, i_doc Workshop and TFI Interactive seemed to continue so many of the themes and expand upon them in interesting ways. So this has now become a much longer, two-part …

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New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses

Guest post from Kate Nash, one of our keynote speakers at i-Docs 2014. How can we begin to conceptualise the way in which documentary is being re-thought in light of contemporary media cultures and technologies? This is the central question that the contributors to New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses explore. Taking ‘the ecological’ as a heuristic that …

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Bjarke Myrthu on the role of the interface in an i-doc

“The interface is content” says Alexandre Brachet from Upian. What does this mean? The interface is no just a way to navigate through content, it is a way to place the user within a story space, and by doing so it gives roles, it explains the possibilities, it generates feelings in the users… and it therefore becomes a type of …

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FOCUS SPAIN: the first latin panel at the i-docs conference 2014

The Spain Focus panel is the first panel discussion at a conference on interactive documentary that focuses on the production of the emerging Latin field. During 1hour and 30 minutes, three projects will be presented at different stages of development: Barret Films, with projects such as “The Voices of Memory” and “0 accountable”, the first Spanish production company specialised in the production of …

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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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the UX Series Q4: who is the user?

Our previous question in the UX Series was: what is purpose in an i-doc? Purpose is important because it encapsulate, hopefully in one sentence, the shift that we want the user to have while going through our interactive experience. Purpose is NOT our own reason to produce a story, but rather the effect we want it to have on the …

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Slow web, slow food. And the winner is…

There is a new movement called “slow web”. This proposes something similar to  slow food, i.e. the wish to use the web in a slow way, savor it, as with food. It shows none other than a young veteran leader in the interactive documentary field: Jonathan Harris. Harris presenting at Online Screening (IDFA Doclab 2013) I will talk in this …

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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 …

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The UX Series, question 2: what can we learn from game design?

The UX Series is going ahead… and today Daniel Burwen (Operation Ajax) and David Dufresne (Fort McMoney) explore the question: “what can i-doc producers learn from game design”? Two weeks have passed since Paula Zuccotti, Ingrid Kopp and Jason Brush opened the debate on “what can we learn from design thinking that could be useful when starting an i-doc production”. By looking at their contributions, …

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Ingrid Kopp asks Jason Brush about design thinking – in the UX Series

  The UX Series has launched two days ago, and the discussion about UX methodologies and i-docs design is already spreading… could this mean that we are hitting a hot topic?? Ingrid Kopp has just asked Jason Brush (Executive vice president of Creative and UX at POSSIBLE) to extend on her own contribution… Watch their exchange on the UX Series, and add to it if …

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Choose Your Own Documentary in Tribeca Storyscapes section

Exciting news from Tribeca last week as they announce their selections for the upcoming festival. Five projects made it into the interactive Storyscapes section, including Choose Your Own Documentary – a show which is part of i-Docs 2014! Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes, created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, is a juried section at the Festival to showcase innovative and interactive …

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Bjarke Myrthu on the role of the interface in an i-doc

“The interface is content” says Alexandre Brachet from Upian. What does this mean? The interface is no just a way to navigate through content, it is a way to place the user within a story space, and by doing so it gives roles, it explains the possibilities, it generates feelings in the users… and it therefore becomes a type of …

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FOCUS SPAIN: the first latin panel at the i-docs conference 2014

The Spain Focus panel is the first panel discussion at a conference on interactive documentary that focuses on the production of the emerging Latin field. During 1hour and 30 minutes, three projects will be presented at different stages of development: Barret Films, with projects such as “The Voices of Memory” and “0 accountable”, the first Spanish production company specialised in the production of …

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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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A Door Into The Dark at i-Docs 2014

We are pleased to announce that i-Docs 2014 delegates have the chance to experience ‘Door Into The Dark’, a work-in-progress from current Pervasive Media Studio residents, Anagram: Just a block down from the busy conference, a door into the dark has been installed. Be led by the hand into a world of characters who know the true meaning of being lost …

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Reflections on Firestorm: Guest post from Mary Mitchell

The following is a guest post from Mary Mitchell with her thoughts on the Guardian’s interactive documentary, Firestorm. The Guardian’s second foray into interactive documentary, ‘Firestorm’, is a beautifully crafted piece of immersive storytelling. Centered on photographs taken by The Holmes Family family fleeing a Tasmanian bushfire, the project crafts interviews, photographs, text and a breathtaking soundtrack into a linear structure. …

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the UX Series Q4: who is the user?

Our previous question in the UX Series was: what is purpose in an i-doc? Purpose is important because it encapsulate, hopefully in one sentence, the shift that we want the user to have while going through our interactive experience. Purpose is NOT our own reason to produce a story, but rather the effect we want it to have on the …

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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 …

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OFFSHORE Goes Big Screen as Interactive Installation

This post originally appeared on the Helios blog and has been reposted with permission so members of the i-Docs community can learn about this ambitious and visually captivating project.  Wednesday, Jan 22 marks the world premiere of OFFSHORE as an interactive, immersive live-space installation in the 2014 edition of SmartFIP@ in Biarritz, France. Later that week OFFSHORE  premieres here in Canada as part …

Orion: Behind the Mask

I am currently working as academic expert on a REACT funded Future Documentary project with the film-maker Jeanie Finlay. ORION the movie tells the story of Jimmy Ellis, an unknown singer thrust into the spotlight with a fictional identity and a mask, as part of a crazy scheme to masquerade him as Elvis back from the grave. ORION: behind the mask, …

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i-Docs 2014: Call for Participation extended!

Our call for participation now has an extended deadline of Monday 25 November. We’re really looking forward to hearing your ideas and remember, alternative formats are very welcome! If you have any questions, email us at idocs2014@gmail.com and if you haven’t already, download the full details for the call here. i-Docs is convened by Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi and Mandy Rose, and hosted by the Digital Cultures …

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i-Docs 2014: Choose your own documentary

We have some exciting news to share with you today! Not only do we have some fantastic keynotes already confirmed for i-Docs 2014, we can now also announce an exciting ‘Choose your own Documentary’ performance. Inspired by the Choose Your Own Adventure phenomenon of the 1980’s – Choose Your Own Documentary tells the true story of the discovery by Nathan Penlington of a diary and his …

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i-Docs 2014: Call for participation

//// THE CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE EMAIL IDOCS2014@GMAIL.COM IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN I-DOCS 2014//// Following the success of the i-Docs Symposia in 2011 and 2012, we are delighted to invite you to participate in i-Docs 2014, a two-day event dedicated to the rapidly evolving field of interactive documentary. i-Docs is convened by Judith Aston, Sandra …

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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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Save the date for i-Docs 2014!

KEEP THE DATES FREE FOR i-DOCS 2014 ! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve set the dates for i-Docs 2014. The Symposium will take place at the Watershed in Bristol, March 20th and 21st hosted by the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England. There will be a Call for Papers, Earlybird ticket offers and more info …

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Ingrid Kopp asks Jason Brush about design thinking – in the UX Series

  The UX Series has launched two days ago, and the discussion about UX methodologies and i-docs design is already spreading… could this mean that we are hitting a hot topic?? Ingrid Kopp has just asked Jason Brush (Executive vice president of Creative and UX at POSSIBLE) to extend on her own contribution… Watch their exchange on the UX Series, and add to it if …

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Between the Lines: Storytelling in the New Landscape

Between the Lines festival, which took place back in March, have released a number of videos from this years festival including the whole storytelling session with Caspar Sonnen, Alexandre Brachet, William Uricchio and our very own Mandy Rose. The festival, a partnership between DocHouse and the Frontline Club, explored the challenges facing documentary makers, investigative journalists and citizen reporters in the new media landscape. As well as this …

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Jesse Shapins and James Burns ring in the web doc revolution!

Initiated at Mozfest last year, the web doc manifesto has been rumbling under the surface for the past few months. Although it’s been spoken of and added to during a number of subsequent events and meetups, it has never been quite so passionately presented as it was at the all-day TFI interactive event. Recounted by Zeega founders Jesse Shapins and …

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Henry Jenkins at Madrid Transmedia Living Lab 2012

Also have a look at Robert Pratten’s (CEO of Transmedia Storyteller LTD) keynote slides, which introduces a methodology for participatory storytelling and illustrates with examples from his work: Transmedia Living Lab, Madrid from Robert Pratten You can find out more about the Madrid Transmedia lab here.

i-Docs 2011 – Florian Thalhofer

Berlin-based Florian Thalhofer is an artist, documentary filmmaker and inventor of Korsakow, a software to create database films. Below is his keynote from i-Docs 2011, where he discusses this software, what can be done with it and his current projects at the time, enjoy!

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i-Docs 2011: short documentary

A short video with some of the highlights from the 2011 symposium, including Nick Cohen (BBC) Siobhan O’Flynn (University of Toronto) and Florian Thalhofer’s (Korsakow creator) brilliant keynote:

Video: Transmedia for Social Documentaries

What does the word transmedia actually mean? What do documentaries need to be to ensure that they are seen in this complex media world? On this event, transmedia creators discussed ‘what “transmedia” actually means, how documentaries can adapt to take advantage of this new medium and the opportunities it offers for new storytellling techniques’. Tribeca Film Institute at The New …

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