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) …

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 …

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; …

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 …

Preserving languages through web documentary

According to National Geographic, every two weeks a language dies and before 2100, over half of the world’s 7,000 languages – many of which aren’t recorded – will disappear. This is why projects like the Endangered Language Project now exist, to document the world’s languages, not only as a resource but to share advice and best practices for those working to document …

Power to the Pixel: Cross-media professionals flock to Potsdam

Cross-media professionals from across Europe are travelling to Potsdam this July for Pixel Lab 2012. Of the 35 participants confirmed, 18 are producers who will be bringing a range of exciting projects to the lab, combining film, interactive, live event, mobile, gaming, TV, publishing or online. Now in its third year, The Pixel Lab is Power to the Pixel’s unique …

Kerric Harvey on i-Docs 2012

A COMPLETELY PERSONAL AND QUITE POSSIBLY PIXELATED SUMMARY OF KEY TAKE-AWAY POINTS FROM THE 2012 I-DOCS SYMPOSIUM, by  Kerric Harvey   1. Match the tool with the job and start with “the job.” In other words, let technology enable, assist, or augment creativity, not define it. By the same token, avoid gratuitous interactivity—the act of making something “interactive” because you …