Virtual Futures: A Manifesto for Immersive Experiences

In her research conducted during a fellowship on immersion with the South West Creative Technology Network, Julia Scott-Stevenson explores: How can immersive media create shared experiences that imagine pathways towards a preferred future? This piece was originally published in Immerse: creative discussion of emerging nonfiction storytelling on March 8, 2019. Climate armageddon, the rise of the far right, the arrival …

Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc/Fest

i-Docs research fellow Julia Scott-Stevenson gives a rundown of her visit to the Alternate Realities showcase at Sheffield Doc/Fest, with additional comments from Mandy Rose and Juliet Lennox. I’m handed a VR headset which feels disconcertingly wet when I place it against my face. At first I think perhaps the attendant has been slightly overzealous with cleaning it between users, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Short History of the Highrise: the debut of the immersive, interactive multimedia series

The New York Times’s Op-Docs and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) have debuted their immersive, interactive multimedia series, A Short History of the Highrise yesterday. Optimised for tablet and comprised of videos on urban highrise living, the series had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and launched yesterday on NYTimes.com. Incase you weren’t aware already, the series …

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 …

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, …

Transmedia views: An interview with Nuno Bernardo

Nuno Bernardo is an award-winning transmedia writer/producer and creator of the world’s first international interactive on-line teen series, Sofia’s Diary. He is also the CEO of transmedia production company beActive and author of The Producer’s Guide to Transmedia. Your background is in advertising and journalism. What element or factor would you say it was decisive to setting up your company …