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Documentary Evolution
How is being transformed the "traditional" documentary ? "interactive", "transmedia", "webdoc" ...adjectives that make the difference.
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StoryCorps expands its efforts to collect the stories of our lives

StoryCorps expands its efforts to collect the stories of our lives | Documentary Evolution |
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps, an oral history project that in 2014 received a grant from the Knight ...
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POV Hackathon: Five Documentary Prototypes From a Weekend of Hacking | POV Films Blog | PBS

POV Hackathon: Five Documentary Prototypes From a Weekend of Hacking | POV Films Blog | PBS | Documentary Evolution |

During the first POV Hackathon that took place just few days ago (August 11-12, 2012) in New York City, POV paired a handful of documentary filmmakers with expert web developers and told them they had 30 hours to re-invent the documentary for the web.


I think this is one of the most interesting initiatives related to the new forms of documentary. The way this event was organized in fact involves both issues of the representation of reality, both the practical aspects of the web language. [mirmilla]


The five projects, selected on the basis of covering several different areas of the documentary for the web, have led to the creation of 5 prototypes which can be watched on POV site:


1. Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys a feature-length documentary

2. Living Los Sures a collaboratively produced, interactive documentary

3. Op-Video a short-form, freely embeddable, mixed-media essay that features experts, writers and doers, as well as hand-drawn animation and original music, about current public affairs.

4. Feed Me a Story a transmedia project

5. StoryCorps Audio Slideshows a new Web platform to complement its distinctive audio style



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What Is a Hackathon?

POV's Hackathon is inspired by the "hack days" of the open-source development community and companies such as Facebook and Google. In a traditional hackathon, software coders collaborate outside of the usual corporate constraints in compressed time frames (usually fueled by pizza and energy drinks) to solve a problem.

With POV's Hackathon, we're adding independent producers into the mix, adding their creativity and expertise in social-issue storytelling. POV will pair five filmmakers with developers based on their Hackathon applications.

Once matched, the teams will participate in a pre-Hackathon orientation session to prepare media (video, photos, data...) and make decisions about software and tools. Then, over two days, the teams will work together to produce a working prototype.


What is POV?

POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

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Perspectives on interactive documentary storytelling at IDFA Doclab

Perspectives on interactive documentary storytelling at IDFA Doclab | Documentary Evolution |
IDFA DOC LABS 2012 - SubmarineChannel


Very interesting thoughts of the main protagonists of the IDFA DocLab

(and not only).

We only have to wait a couple of days to see all the rest of the interviews.



> Putting the buzzwords of interactive documentary into perspective

(William Uricchio - MIT Open Doc Lab)

> What do a bear, technology and human beings have in common?

(Jeremy Mendes - Bear 71)

> How does interactivity help in documentaries?

(Andrew Devigal - Second Story)

> Storytelling that strenghtens the content

(Kel O'Neill & Eline Jongsma  - Empire Project)

> Can a documentary be shot and directed entirely by robots?

(Alexander Reben - Robot-Generated Documentaries)

> Team Insomnia

> Making stories interactive with StoryPlanet (Bjarke Myrthu - StoryPlanet)

> Expanding the documentary at IDFA DOCLAB: where story is [still] king! (Caspar Sonnen - DocLab's curator)

> Alma: a tale of violence wins IDFA - Alexander Brachet

> Bruno Felix (Submarine Channel)

> Jane Burton (creative producer at Tate Media)



Whatever the term, though, it is clear these are all evolving buzzwords, and success in this web storytelling domain is not formulaic. With projects that range the interactive spectrum, IDFA DocLab represents the year's best-practice examples of emerging modes of digital storytelling and new visual languages. It also serves as an idyllic time to take stock of just how far storytelling on the web has come in the last five years, and speculate about its future.

mirmilla's insight:

A meta i-doc that wants to photograph the situation of interactive documentary.

Great work!

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