I-docs as Research Method – Recap from the Bremen interactive documentary workshop

A full day packed with insightful presentations and a highly inspiring round table discussion – that’s probably the shortest way to describe a long one-day workshop organised by Stefano Odorico and hosted at the University of Bremen on May 3. The workshop is one of the outputs of Stefano’s 3 year’s DFG project (fully funded by the German Research Council) …

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 …

Precarious times and nonlinear thinking: Using i-docs to explore the temporary city

by Ella Harris Precarity seems to define the contemporary structure of feeling. From the migrant crisis, to climate change, to intensifying austerity, the precarity that has long been a recognised feature of labour economies is expanding into new arenas. This widespread precarity is impacting on the geographies we inhabit. In London there are some obvious ‘precarious urbanisms’ such as sites …

A Polish Journey – A web-doc about migration and its legacy

A Polish Journey, a web based documentary produced by using Klynt, is a highly poetical interactive experience exploring borders, the theme of migration and the legacy it holds for future generations. Focusing its lens on landscape, referencing the romantic poetry of Heinrich Heine and Adam Mickiewicz, documentary filmmaker and media artist Julian Konczak embarks on a journey across the frontiers …

Qualified (Ambtítol). The university, subject of debate.

By Carles Sora and Neus Ballús In recent years, the number of people with university qualifications has been enormously increasing. In a society in which each new academic year sees more university degree holders, it is important to reflect on the role that university plays in our lives. Ambtítol is a compilation of the experiences of several former university students; …

COME/IN/DOC Series launched!

Over 4 years ago I began on a complex personal adventure: take the concept and emerging field of interactive documentary to the lab to analyze it, dissect it, study it and draw some conclusions. Today this adventure has generated more questions than answers; but perhaps that is the most interesting of all, don’t you think? The idea was born on …

VR @ i-Docs 2016

The emergence of VR and 360 video as non-fiction platforms has been the single most dramatic development since the last i-Docs Symposium in 2014. A wave of enthusiasm and experimentation has followed the appearance of the Oculus Rift and its competitor products – with creators fascinated by the documentary potential of 360 immersion and the visceral sense of presence that …

i-Docs 2016: First Speakers Announced

i-Docs 2016 is shaping up to be our best event yet, with three packed days of presentations, panels, hands-on workshops and discussions taking place at the Watershed in Bristol March 2nd-4th. To give you a taste of things to come, we’re excited to be able to confirm that we will be joined by keynote speakers May Abdalla and Amy Rose aka Anagram …

The Journey of Documentary: a web series about the evolution of documentary

This is an online interactive documentary about how to make an online interactive documentary. It is an initiative which has been borne out of my Masters Research undertaking at the Australian Film Television and Radio School titled: Documentary Producing and Interactive Platforms, Opportunities, Evolving Processes and the Changing Craft. My hopes for this site are that it is used as …

Digital Bristol week: i-Docs lab

A couple of weeks ago, i-Docs presented at the BBC Digital Bristol week, if you missed it don’t worry – we have all the talks here courtesy of the BBC: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDmV37WENIc] Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi, and Mandy Rose – i-Docs Lab 1: Key Concepts for Understanding i-Docs [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXnygjofVGc] Max Whitby – i-Docs Lab 2: Meet the Producers of …

CALL FOR ENTRIES: World Press Photo Multimedia Contest 2013

Alongside their  56th annual photojournalism contest, World Press Photo are holding their multimedia contest for a 3rd time and are looking for entries. World Press Photo have recognised documentary storytellers additions to the field of visual journalism, focusing on innovative and exciting work within three broad categories:  an online short, and online feature and, most importantly for the i-Docs community, an interactive documentary! Their …

Clouds: a documentary about code and culture – An update

UPDATE:  Following the release of their pilot version of the project, the Clouds team now want to produce the documentary in an interactive environment: “The CLOUDS experience is generated from a database of richly tagged interviews. For you, the viewer, the story begins with your curiosity. You input a question or search term as the starting point, setting the initial …

Cloud Filmmaking: a post from Mandy Rose

In a recent blog post –  Stop Making Docs –  Brian Newman argued that the era of the short doc has arrived. With the web, shareable media, mobile exhibition, he argues, the longer and feature length documentaires that dominate festivals are no longer where it’s at, if the aim is to reach an audience and make an impact. His alternative, “Make …